Vítor de Sousa has a PhD in Communication Sciences, from the University of Minho, with the thesis “From ‘portugality’ to Lusophony”, having obtained the maximum classification of the jury (Very Good, approved unanimously), he is a Master (Communication Sciences/Specialisation in Media Education, with the thesis “Media Education in initial teacher training”), having obtained 17 points, and has a degree in Communication Sciences (specialisation in Information and Journalism), with a classification of 16 points.
His research interests include issues around national identity, memory, cultural studies, media education and theories of journalism. He has published articles in the USA, Ecuador, Spain, Colombia, Brazil and Portugal, 12 indexed in Scopus and eight in the Web of Science (WoS). So far, he has participated in about 90 conferences, congresses, workshops, seminars and talks, with papers, most of them admitted through peer review.
He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD) and was a contract researcher at the Centre for Communication and Society Studies (CECS) at the University of Minho, where he coordinated the Cultural Studies Group (2021-2022) and was co-coordinator of the Permanent Seminar on Post-Colonial Studies. He is a trainer of secondary school teachers of History, Portuguese and Geography, in the context of a project that he co-ordinates, entitled “The narratives of History and post-coloniality. Myths, concepts and problematics”, dealing with issues such as Memory and Historical Reparations. He integrated the project CulturesPast&Present – “Memories, cultures and identities: how the past weights on the present-day intercultural relations in Mozambique and Portugal?” (CECS/FCT/Aga Khan) and integrated the Virtual Museum of Lusophony.
He is a member of Associação Portuguesa de Ciências da Comunicação (Sopcom), where he coordinates the GT de Comunicação Intercultural (2022-2023), of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), of the Modern Language Association of America (MLA), of the International Association of Social Sciences and Humanities in Portuguese (AILP-CSH) and of the National Association of Researchers in Science and Technology (ANICT).
He won, in 2016, the Mário Quartim Graça Scientific Award, which distinguished the best thesis completed in the last three years in the area of Social Sciences and Humanities, in Portugal and Latin America.
He was a journalist (1986-1997) and press officer (1997-2005). Since 2019 he has been a researcher under contract at CECS, having been admitted through international public tender. He has been, since February 20, 2023, an Assistant Professor at the School of Human and Social Sciences Department of Letters, Arts and Communication, at the University of Trás os Montes and Alto Douro (Vila Real).