Associate Professor with Aggregation at the Institute of Social Sciences, Department of Communication Sciences, and researcher at the Communication and Society Research Centre (CECS) at the University of Minho.

In 2020 she did her Aggregation exams in Communication Sciences and in 2004 she got her PhD in Child Studies, specialising in Media Education, at the University of Minho. Her main research areas are children, young people and the media; the rights of expression and participation of children and young people; Media Literacy; and media publics and practices. She has coordinated several national and European projects and is the author of several publications in these areas.

Currently she is IR of the project “bYOU – Study of the experiences and expressions of children and young people about the media”, funded by FCT (PTDC/COM-OUT/3004/2020) and co-IR of the project “COMEDIG – Competences of Digital and Media Literacy in Portugal”, funded by FCT (PTDC/CED-EDG/32560/2017). Participates, as a team member, in the project “Verdad y ética en las redes sociales. Percepciones e influencias educativas en jóvenes usuarios de Twitter, Instagram y YouTube (Internética)”, funded by the 2019 call for projects I+D+i of the Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades (Spain) (PID2019-104689RB-I00).

She was director of the Department of Communication Sciences between 2013 and 2019 and director of the Master’s in Communication, Citizenship and Education between 2010 and 2015.

She chairs the Media Education Research Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) since July 2019.

She is co-coordinator of MILObs – Observatory on Media, Information and Literacy and coauthor of the radio programme Ouvido Crítico, broadcast weekly on Antena 1 since February 2018.

She is a member of ECREA and IAMCR.