Dr Ana Cristina Suzina

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Dr Ana Cristina Suzina is specialist in communication for social change with expertise in grassroots social movements, popular and participatory communication, communication epistemologies, media and democracy and power asymmetries.

Dr Ana Cristina Suzina is currently a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Institute for Media and Creative Industries at Loughborough University London, after serving one year as Doctoral Prize Fellow, a very prestigious fellowship to which the university selects and supports high skilled early career researchers to impulse their career development. Her current research deals with media initiatives in indigenous communities in Brazil and Ecuador, analysing political imagination and political voice. Her research interests include social change, power asymmetries, media appropriation, participation in democracy, civil society development, grassroots communication, particularly focused in Latin American societies.

Dr. Suzina is a prolific researcher, editor and writer, and lecturer on communications in several countries. She has published and coordinated publications in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French. She has also volunteered with Brazilian and Latin American organizations to train young communicators motivated to promote causes, by organizing seminars, producing manuals, and planning campaigns. For around 15 years, Dr Suzina also worked as specialist in communication for social change with expertise in sustainability, social organizations, and corporate social responsibility, mainly in the fields of children’s rights and nature conservation.

Together with Professor Thomas Tufte, she has been leading a series of activities around the global legacy of the Brazilian educator Paulo Freire in communication, development and social change.

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 with indigenous and traditional communities in the Amazon region, in Brazil (Sao Pedro de Arapiuns) and Ecuador (Sarayaku). She is analysing the evolution from political imagination to political voice, recovering the history of two past struggles in which media platforms were used to increase the visibility and the power of community narratives.

Interests and activities

Dr Suzina is a member of the following associations:

  • International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)
  • European Consortium for Political Research (EPCR)
  • Asociación Latino Americana de Investigación en Comunicación (ALAIC)
  • Núcleo de Estudos de Comunicação Comunitária e Mídia Local (COMUNI, Brazil)
  • Associação de Pesquisadores em Comunicação Política (Compolítica, Brazil)
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