PhD in Communication Sciences, by the Unversity of Minho, in 2013, his thesis is intitled “Anti-Comunism in the Portuguese Quality Press during the Normalization Period – the cases of ‘Diário de Notícias’, ‘Expresso’ e ‘Público'”.

His research concerns discourse analysis, particularly the connections between culture and politics on media discourse. Rui Pereira was a journalist between 1982 and 2001.