Amanda Paz Alencar
Amanda is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media & Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Before joining the Department in September 2015, she was a Marie Curie Post-doctoral EU Fellow at the Department of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Her Marie Curie EU-funded research project entitled ‘TV News for Promoting Interculturalism: A Novel Step towards Immigrant Integration' addressed the variables involved in the mediation of migrant integration and experiences by media in a cross-country comparative perspective. This research worked towards a comprehensive and an integrated approach to the understanding of the role of media technologies in the integration processes of new economic and refugee migrants in the Netherlands, Spain and Ireland, both at economic and sociocultural levels. Amanda has extensive experience and knowledge of refugee and migrant populations accumulated through several research projects. She has been involved in various international (research) projects, such as the intersections between film literacy and migrant audiences, the effects of narrative messages on Muslim integration in the Netherlands, and the use of entertaining collaborative digital games to foster multicultural integration at Dutch schools (Utrecht University). Finally, Amanda’s trajectory as a researcher has been guided by great independence and innovation. She has managed to establish relevant research collaborations with migrant organizations, local municipalities and stakeholders working with immigrant integration processes across different European countries. Amanda has a PhD in Audiovisual Communication and Journalism from the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, and an MA in Communication also at USC. She’s also board member of the Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Galician Association of Communication (AGACOM), and a former member of the Editorial Board of the International Yearbook of Lusophone Communication of the University of Santiago de Compostela.