School of Social and Political Science

Ricardo Ribeiro Ferreira

Job Title

PhD Student


City (Address)


Country (Address)



I am a PhD student based in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. I am particularly interested in the role of journalism in democracy, media capture, hybrid systems and disinformation campaigns. My research interests have been shaped by my experience as a journalist, which includes 18 years as a reporter, editor and international correspondent for major Brazilian news outlets.


PhD Project

Supervisor: Dr Kate Wright
Co-supervisors: Dr Benjamin Martill and Dr Jean-François Daoust


Peer-reviewed Publications


Other Publications



  • (2020). Review of Network propaganda: Manipulation, disinformation, and radicalization in American politics by Yochai Benkler, Robert Faris and Hal Roberts. Mediapolis–Revista de Comunicação, Jornalismo e Espaço Público, (11), 103-105.



  • Public health and far-right: The Brazilian case of coronavirus infodemic. IAMCR 2021 - Rethinking borders and boundaries: Beyond the global/local dichotomy in communication studies, Nairobi - July 12, 2021.

  • Disinformation in electoral processes. International Seminar Rethinking Brazilian journalism in times of populism and disinformation, Universidade Nova de Lisboa - January 13, 2020.

  • Hijacked democracy: Impacts of disinformation on social media in the 2018 Brazilian presidential election. VIII Oxbridge Conference on Brazilian Studies, University of Cambridge - October 5, 2019.



  • MSc in Journalism and Communication - Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal (2017-2019).

  • Visiting researcher - University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (2018) - Erasmus.

  • BA in Social Communication / Journalism - Universidade Católica de Santos, Brazil (2002-2005).



  • Comparative Politics (tutor) - University of Edinburgh, 2022.

  • Politics in a Changing World (tutor) - University of Edinburgh, 2021.

  • Media, Gender and Representation (invited lecturer) - University of Coimbra, 2020.

  • Media Socio-economics (invited lecturer) - University of Coimbra, 2019.


Awards and Grants

  • PhD Research Support Fund 2021 (£ 500 grant for fieldwork) - School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh

  • 3% Best Students Award 2018/2019 (€ 500) - University of Coimbra.

  • Merit Diploma 2017/2018 (€ 1.064) - University of Coimbra.



CiênciaVittae (Portugal)
CnpqLattes (Brazil)


Research interests

Research interests

Journalism and democracy; Media Capture; Hybrid Systems, Disinformation, Populism; Brazil.