Maria João Lopes Antunes, Universidade de Aveiro (Aveiro, Portugal) – Visiting researcher

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Maria João Antunes is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Art at the University of Aveiro (UA), Portugal. She has a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Technology. She teach in the degree of 

New Communication Technologies (UA), in the master of Multimedia Communication (UA) and in the doctoral program of Information and Communication in Digital Platforms (UA/University of Porto).  Her research interests are focused in digital media.


Her research project consists of a comparative study (Portugal and Spain) about user-generated content, audiovisual or audio, disseminated by new media based on the Internet. In her research project, she plans: 

1. To identify innovative user-generated content (audiovisual or audio) in the areas of culture, entertainment and fiction;

2. To characterize the projects identified in topic 1, at the level: i) area; ii) resources used for their production; iii) incorporation of transmedia strategies; iv) impacts on audience; v) business model in which they are based.   

The research data will be collected, in Spain and Portugal, using literature review, exploratory interviews and nonparticipant observation.

Period of stay
April 2017 - June 2017

Prof. Ramón Salaverría

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