Dr Ana Cristina Suzina

Doctoral Prize Fellow

Dr Ana Cristina Suzina is specialist in communication for social change with expertise in sustainability, social organisations, and corporate social responsibility.

Dr Suzina has coordinated a major Brazilian corporation’s nature conservation communications strategy. She served as communications officer for a major social organisation in the field of children’s rights, and as press officer for a major Brazilian foundation working in the same field. She has also founded a newspaper and worked as a communications consultant for the World Water Council organising the World Water Forum held in Istanbul.

Dr Suzina is a prolific researcher and writer, and lecturer on communications in five countries. Her research deals with ways social movements, NGOs and community associations using communications as a dissemination tool have incorporated digital resources. She has volunteered with Brazilian and Latin American organisations to train young communicators motivated to promote causes, by organising seminars, producing manuals, and planning campaigns.

Academic background

Dr Suzina graduated with a bachelor's in Journalism (UEPG, 1998) with compliments for the final essay discussing community newspapers.

She also holds two master's degrees with Brazilian major universities, in Cultural History (UEPG, 2000) and Political Sociology (UFPR, 2006). She also has a master's degree and PhD in Political Science both awarded by the Université Catholique de Louvain in 2012 and 2018.

Dr Suzina has also received an International Award for Excellence in Journalism – National Level, from International Catholic Union of Press. Her dissertation was also nominated by Professors Marc Lits (Belgium), Thomas Tufte (UK) and Cicilia Peruzzo (Brazil) for the Award for the Best Dissertation of the Activism, Communication and Social Justice Interest Group from the International Communication Association (2019).

Current research and collaborations

Dr Suzina is currently working on research exploring the memories of media practices of civil society in Brazil (1969-2010), in partnership with Instituto Humanitas/Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil).

Interests and activities

Dr Suzina is a member of the following  associations:

  • COMUNI – Núcleo de Estudos de Comunicação Comunitária e Mídia Local (Brazil)
  • SMAG – Research Group “Social Movements in the Global Age” (Belgium)
  • GRIAL - Groupe d'études interdisciplinaires sur l'Amérique Latine (Belgium)
  • Encuentro Network of researchers and activists interested in Latin America
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