School of Social and Political Science

Ricardo Ribeiro Ferreira

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PhD Student


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


PhD Project

Understanding the Roles of Journalists and News Organisations in the De-Democratisation of Brazil

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


Peer-reviewed 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.



  • “Understanding the Roles of Journalism in the De-Democratisation of Brazil” - Captured Media Researching. Media Systems in and after Transitions, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon, December 6th, 2022.

  • “Understanding the Roles of Journalism in Brazil’s De-Democratisation” - 72nd Annual ICA Conference (International Communication Association), Paris, May 27th, 2022.

  • “Public Health and Far-right: The Brazilian Case of Coronavirus Infodemic” - IAMCR conference (International Association for Media and Communication Research), Nairobi, July 11th, 2021 (co-authored with Juliana Alcantara).

  • “Disinformation in Electoral Processes”- International seminar Rethinking Brazilian journalism in times of populism and disinformation. Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, January 13th, 2020.

  • “Hijacked Democracy: Impacts of Disinformation on Social Media in the 2018 Brazilian Presidential Election” - VIII Oxbridge Conference on Brazilian Studies, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, October 5th, 2019.



  • Master of Arts (Journalism and Communication), University of Coimbra  - 2017-2019
    - Dissertation: “Disinformation in electoral processes: a case study of the 2018 Brazilian election”
    - Visiting researcher (Erasmus Program), University of Ljubljana (1/9/2018 – 2/2/2019)
    - Award: Honours (A)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Social Communication - Journalism), Catholic University of Santos - 2002-2005
    - University Senate - student representative (2004, 2005)
    - Award: Merit (B)



  • Contemporary Issues in Politics - Media and Politics (tutor/teaching assistant) - University of Edinburgh, 2022-Present.

  • Misinformation in non-western contexts (guest lecture) - University of Edinburgh, 2022.

  • Media Capture and Hybrid Journalistic Cultures (guest lecture) - University of Coimbra, 2022.

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

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

  • Media, Gender and Representation (guest lecture) - University of Coimbra, 2020.

  • Media Socio-economics (guest lecture) - University of Coimbra, 2019.



  • Journalism Practice (8/9/2021 – Present)

  • International Journal of Communication (19/9/2022 – Present)

  • ICA Conference (1/112021 – Present)



  • University of Coimbra (20/9/2018)
    - Diploma of Merit 2017/2018
    - Best grades 1st-year master - Department of Philosophy, Communication and Information Science
    - Certificate and € 1.064
  • University of Coimbra (10/9/2022)
    - 3% Best Students Award 2018/2019
    - Best grades university-wide
    - Certificate and € 500                                                                                                                                   
  • University of Coimbra (28/2/2022)
    - Merit Award 2019
    - Best academic performance university-wide
    - Certificate



  • Michael Haley Travel Grant 2022 (17/3/2022)
    - Awarding body: International Communication Association (ICA)
    - Amount: £ 500
    - Purpose: travel to ICA 72nd annual conference in France
  • SPS Research Support Fund (1/11/2021)
    - Awarding body: University of Edinburgh, School of Social and Political Science (SPS)
    - Amount: £ 500
    - Purpose: conduct fieldwork in Brazil



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