Teresa Sofia Castro is a researcher and Professor at Lusófona University (CICANT) and is the Co-Pi in the project “Youth, News and Digital Citizenship” – YouNDIgital (funded by FCT). She has experience doing research with children and families with different socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, and settings. Between 2017-2022 she developed her Post-Doc research (funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia), iTec Families in the Communication Sciences - Media and Cultural Studies. She holds a European PhD in Sciences of Education, Educational Technology (funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia). Teresa holds a Master in Childhood Studies, specialization: Information and Communication Technologies, and has a degree in Philosophy and Humanities.
She is a member of the research network EU Kids Online (Portugal); and was member of the COST Action DigiLitEY: The Digital Literacy and Multimodal Practices of Young Children. She collaborates with Lusoinfo Multimédia and with Portuguese Safer Internet Centre and has been involved as a researcher in national and European projects, namely DiCi-Educa (Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian) and ySKILLS (Horizon 2020).
Besides her academic production on the themes she investigates (digital abuses and harms, digital citizenship and digital literacies, online violence, pro-anorexia and self-harming content produced by children, digital parenting, and ethics), she is moved by creating training and materials with social impact to help her target groups, children, parents, teachers, and psychologists scaffold digital competencies towards a better comprehension of everyday digital complexities. She did three international research internships (UK-University of Suffolk with Emma Bond, Belgium - KU Leuven with Bieke Zaman, and Italy - Università Cattolica of Milan with Giovanna Mascheroni).
From 2019 to 2022 she was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Suffolk, UK.
2017-2022: Post Doctorate in Communication Sciences. Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (ICNOVA), Portugal.
2015: European PhD in Education Sciences – Educational Technology. Universidade do Minho, Portugal.
2008: Master’s Degree in Childhood Studies – Information and Communication Technologies. Universidade do Minho, Portugal.
2000: Bachelors Degree in Philosophy and Humanities. Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Braga, Portugal.