Dr Fernanda Amaral

Job: Visiting scholar at Media Discourse Centre

School/department: Leicester Media School

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 207 8683

E: famaralmc@gmail.com

W: https://www.dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

Fernanda Amaral is a researcher at Media Discourse Centre (MDC - DMU/UK) and holds a doctorate in Media Discourse from De Montfort University. Her work focuses on voice poverty, state violence and social movements, especially in marginalised communities and their struggles to produce counter-narratives supported by digital tools.

Research group affiliations

  • Media Discourse Centre.
  • Laboratório de Estudos de Mídia e Relações Internacionais (LEMRI).
  • Núcleo de Identidade Brasileira e História Contemporânea da Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (NIBRAHC).

Publications and outputs

  • AMARAL, F. (2021) Voices from the favelas: Media activism and counter-narratives from below. London and New York: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • AMARAL, F. (2021) Covid-19, Police Brutality and the systematic targeting of the black and disadvantaged population in Brazil. In: PRICE, S. and HARBISHER, B. (eds.) Power, Media, and the Covid 19 Pandemic: framing public discourse. Oxon and New York: Routledge, pp 123-135.
  • AMARAL, F. (2020) Luta e voz nas favelas do Rio de Janeiro: representatividade, estereótipo, identidade e democracia às margens da cidade. Revista Eletrônica de Ciências Sociais, 30 (2019), pp 78-95.
  • HANSKA, M., BAHIYA, A., AMARAL, F. and SUI, Y. (2020) The public sphere, political legitimacy, and collective identity: Case studies from Iraq, Brazil and China. Communications -The European Journal of Communication Research. doi: https://doi.org/10.1515/commun-2020-2081
  • HANSKA, M., BAHIYA, A., AMARAL, F. and SUI, Y. (2020) The public sphere: From theory to its diverse manifestations. In: CHIUMBU, S. and IQANI, M. (eds.) Media Studies: Decolonizing concepts. Cape Town: OUPSA, pp 80-95.
  • AMARAL, F. (2019) Letramentos de sobrevivência: o midiativismo como defesa contra a violência policial nas favelas. Revista Mídia e Cotidiano, 13 (3), pp 121-140.
  • AMARAL, F. (2019) Violence and impunity in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas: citizens, smartphones and police malpractice. In: PRICE, S. (ed.) Journalism, Power and Investigation - Global and Activist Perspectives. London and New York: Routledge, pp 160-174.
  • AMARAL, F. (2016) It’s Not Just 20 Cents’: how social networks helped mobilise Brazilians against injustice. In: PRICE, S. and SANZ SABIDO, R. (eds.) Sites of Protest. London and New York: Rowman and Littlefield International, pp 195-210.

Research interests/expertise

  • Social resistance in conflict areas
  • Brazilian favelas
  • Police violence
  • Difficult memories and activist memory
  • Media discourse/public discourse

Areas of teaching

Media Discourse

Journalism Studies


(2012) FACHA – Faculdades Integradas Helio Alonso, Brazil: Specialization (Post-graduate Lato Sensu/MBA) in Communication & Marketing

(2009) FACHA – Faculdades Integradas Helio Alonso, Brazil: Bachelor degree in Journalism 

Courses taught

Media Discourse: Events

Global Dissent

Journalism Studies

Honours and awards

CAPES (Coordenação de aperfeiçoamento de pessoal de nível superior) international PhD scholarship (~£200.000)