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Laura Favaro


E: Laura.Garcia-Favaro.1@city.ac.uk

Supervisors: Prof Rosalind Gill and Dr Lia Litosseliti (Division of Language and Communication Science)

PhD Title Transnational Technologies of Gender and Mediated Intimacy

Current doctoral research summary

Laura’s PhD project is concerned with young women’s online consumer magazines, focusing on ten publications based in the UK and in Spain but accessed worldwide. The research examines representations of gender, sex, sexuality and intimate relationships. It also explores the ways this media relates to feminism and the digital era. Informed by a feminist poststructuralist perspective, and in the context of a solidary-critical position, Laura’s thesis integrates qualitative analyses of: a) magazine editorial content; b) user discussions in the forums; and c) 68 interviews with producers, primarily editors and writers.

Research interests

  • Feminist theory and methodologies
  • Discourse analysis
  • Media and cultural studies
  • Gender and sexuality

Higher educational background

  • MA English Linguistics: New Applications and International Communication. Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. 2012.
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary). University of Alcalá, Spain. 2010.
  • Postgraduate certificate in secondary education (Pedagogical Aptitude Certificate). University of Alcalá, Spain. 2007.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Art Education. Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. 2006.
  • BA (Hons) Sociology. Leeds Beckett University, UK. 2004.

Other Qualifications

  • Introductory Certificate in Academic Practice, City University London. Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 2015.
  • Qualified Teacher Status. General Teaching Council for England. 2007.

Public Presentations and Conference Papers Given

  • (V)agenda wars?: Women's magazines and feminism today. ‘Mediated Feminisms: Activism and Resistance to gender and sexual violence in the digital age’. UCL Institute of Education. May 2016.
  • Interrogating commercial women’s media: A solidary-critical feminist approach. Feminist Research Methodologies: Challenges and Negotiations conference. Sheffield Hallam University. October 2015.
  • The ‘truth’ cannot be sexist?: Postfeminist biologism in transnational technologies of mediated intimacy. Critical Sexology Seminar ‘Feminist Encounters with Evolutionary Psychology’. King’s College London. January 2015.
  • Negotiating Postfeminist Heterosexual Femininity Online. International Conference 'Gender in Focus: (New) Trends in Media'. University of Minho. June 2014.
  • Gender, Sexuality and Intimate Relations in Times of New Media and Neoliberal Postfeminism: The Case of British and Spanish Commercial Community Websites for Women. 8th International Gender and Language Association Conference (IGALA 8). Simon Fraser University. June 2014.


  • Favaro, L. In press. Mediating Intimacy Online: Authenticity, Magazines and Chasing the Clicks. Mediated Intimacies: Relationships, Bodies and Technology, Special Issue of Journal of Gender Studies, edited by F. Attwood, J. Hakim, and A. Winch.
  • Favaro, L. In press. Postfeminist sexpertise on the “porn and men issue”: A transnational perspective. In Pornographies: Critical Positions, edited by K. Harrison and C. Ogden. Chester: University of Chester Press.
  • Favaro, L. 2016. ‘Just be confident girls!’: Confidence Chic as Neoliberal Governmentality. In Aesthetic Labour: Rethinking beauty politics in neoliberalism, edited by A. S. Elias, R. Gill and C. Scharff. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • García-Favaro, L. 2016. From produsers to shareaholics:  Changing models of reader interaction in women’s online magazines. tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique, 14(2): 346-379.
  • García-Favaro, L. 2015. ‘Porn Trouble’: On the Sexual Regime and Travels of Postfeminist Biologism. Australian Feminist Studies, 30(86): 366-376.
  • García-Favaro, L. and De Miguel, A. 2016. ¿Pornografía feminista, pornografía antirracista y pornografía antiglobalización? Para una crítica del proceso de pornificación cultural. Labrys, Études Féministes/Estudos Feministas, 29.
  • García-Favaro, L. and Gill, R. 2016. ‘Emasculation nation has arrived’: Sexism rearticulated in online responses to Lose the Lads’ Mags campaign. Feminist Media Studies, 16(3): 379-397.
  • Favaro, L., Gill, R. and Harvey, L. 2016. Making Media Data: An Introduction to Qualitative Media Research. In Collecting Qualitative Data: A Practical Guide to Textual, Media and Virtual Techniques, edited by V. Braun, V. Clarke and D. Gray. UK: Cambridge University Press. 119-143.



  • Guest lecturer. BA (Hons) Cultural and Creative Industries. City University London.
  • Guest lecturer. BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism and Publishing. London College of Communication.


  • Teaching Assistant. School of Humanities, University of Southampton.


Laura co-launched and co-convenes City’s Gender & Sexualities Research Forum (GSRF).

Blog: blogs.city.ac.uk/gsrf

Email: genderforum.city@gmail.com