Teresa Ruão is a senior lecturer in the Communication Sciences Department at the University of Minho and Vice-Head of the Communication and Society Research Centre (CECS). She was Vice-President of the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Minho from 2010 to 2019 and President of its Pedagogical Council from 2012 to 2019.
She has a PhD thesis in Communication Sciences (2008) from the University of Minho and researches on Organizational and Strategic Communication. She is a member of the Portuguese Communication Sciences Association (Sopcom), a board member of its Organizational Communication Work Group for 10 years and coordinator of the WG from 2015 to 2017. She is also a member of ECREA – European Communication Research and Education Association, IAMCR – International Association for Media and Communication Research, and a regular reviewer for ICA – International Communication Association.
She works as an expert evaluator for the Portuguese Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES) and for the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). As a researcher, she has been a member of several research projects in Health Communication, such as: Disease in the News (2011-13; FCT), HeaRT – Health Report Training Project (2012-13; EC), or Strategic Communication for the Portuguese National Health Plan (2020-2021; DGS). She has been coordinating the communication team in other projects studying Internal Communication, as igMIP – Integrated and Global Management of Industrialization Projects (2016-18), TMIP – Team Management in Industrialization Projects (2018-2021) and Social Applications for 2 Wheelers (2018-2021); both from the Bosch-UMinho Consortium (with COMPETE financing). And she also researches in Innovation Communication at the DTx – Digital Transformation CoLab (EU financing). She is also a member of the European project “Lobby and Communication in the European Union”, led by the University of Malaga and funded by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Government of Spain (2021- 2023). She has published numerous books, papers, scientific reports and was a speaker at several national and international conferences.