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Dr Carolina Matos

Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Media

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Sociology

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Dr Carolina Matos is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Sociology with nearly 30 years of professional experience, in academia and journalism, having been a former full-time journalist for over 10 years before becoming an academic. Matos has been teaching and researching for over 18 years in universities throughout the UK and has also been a visiting researcher abroad. Dr Matos obtained her PhD in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths College, University of London, in January 2007, with a thesis on the relationship between journalism and democracy in Brazil. Matos' research is on media, gender and development, the role of communications for social change and of new technologies, media, democracy and the public sphere as well as health communications, poverty and sexual and reproductive health and rights. In 2018, Matos was successful in obtaining funding for the research project, Gender, health communications and online activism in the digital age, through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), provided by Research England and which is a key component of the UK's overseas aid strategy and part of the UK's Official Development Assistance (ODA), to be completed in December 2020. Matos is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and is also the current Programme Director for the MAs in Media and Communications and International Communications and Development.

Before joining the Sociology department at City, University of London in 2013 as a lecturer, Dr Matos was a part-time lecturer in the Government department at the University of Essex, and previously an LSE Fellow in Political Communications, having also taught at UEL, Goldsmiths and St. Mary's Twickenham. Matos was also a visiting lecturer at the University of Helsinki, in Finland, and also received a grant to research in Sweden from the University of Orebro when she was doing her PhD, having also taught in Brazil and given many keynote speeches. During the first term of 2019, Matos was a visiting researcher at the IESP UERJ Institute in Brazil, working alongside PhD research students in Brazil and India on her research on the use of communications and new technologies by feminist and health NGOs for gender development. In the last 15 years she has attended many conferences and workshops throughout the world, including in the US, Finland, Portugal, Brazil, Dubai and Egypt. In 2017, Matos was shortlisted by City Sociology students for the Learning and Enhancement Teaching Awards in the category of assessment and feedback.

Matos' work has published three books, many chapters and journal articles, in journals and book editions which have included the journals International Sociology, Critical Sociology, American Journal of Sociology, Mediapolis, and Feminist Media Studies as well as IB Tauris, Palgrave Macmillan, Rowman and Littlefield and Lexington Books, among others. Her current research is due to be published by McGill Queen's University Press in 2021, whilst Media and politics in Latin America received in 2012 an honourable mention for the Cecil B. Currey Books Awards on the best book on the Third World by the Association of Third World Studies (ATWS) as well as the 2014 Premio Jabuti prize, first category in communications.

Matos was elected in 2020 the co-chair of the Gender and Media section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). She sits on the editorial board of a few journals in the field, including the International Journal of Digital Television, Brazilian Journalism Research (BJR) and the Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies. She has also done peer review for various publishers and journals, including New Media and Society, Bulletin of Latin American Research, the European Journal of Communication, Communication Theory, Journalism Practice, Canadian Journal of Development Studies, The International Journal of Press/Politics, Commons, Global Media, Women's Studies International Forum and American Journal of Sociology.

Matos' work has been concerned with structural inequalities in societies, particularly of gender but also the intersections with class and race. She is also interested in processes of democratization and the ways in which cultures of journalism and the media can contribute to social change. In her earlier work she examined the role of public service broadcasting (PSB) and the media in democratization in Latin America in a comparative perspective with Europe and the UK. She researches both the mainstream media as well "alternative" journalism and the use of communications by social and feminist movements and NGOs. Her methods include both qualitative and quantitative approaches, from content analysis and surveys to interviews and discourse analysis. Matos obtained the Postgraduate Certificate in teaching in UK HE from the LSE in June 2011, having also taught at the LSE Executive. Matos has given interviews to the press, including to television networks, from Al Jazeera English and CCTV to the newspapers Financial Times, The Guardian, De Standard, BBC Mundo, BBC Scotland as well as to the Brazilian media. As a journalist, Matos worked for various press organizations in the areas of politics, culture and international news, including Folha de Sao Paulo, Globo Organisations, Reuters and UNESCO.


  1. PhD in Media and Communications, Goldsmiths College, United Kingdom, Jan 2007
  2. MA Film and Television Studies, University of Warwick, United Kingdom, 1998 – 1999
  3. Professional Certificate in Strategic Gender Planning, International Centre for Parliamentary Studies UK, United Kingdom

Postgraduate training

  1. PG Certificate in Teaching in UK HE, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom, Jun 2011


  1. Programme Director of the MAs in Media and Communications and International Communications and Development, City, University of London, Sep 2018 – present
  2. Lecturer in Media and Sociology, City, University of London, Aug 2013 – Aug 2017
  3. Part-time lecturer, University of Essex, Colchester, Jun 2012 – Jul 2013
  4. LSE Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, May 2008 – Jun 2011
  5. Visiting tutor, St Mary's University Twickenham London, Twickenham, Aug 2007 – Jun 2008
  6. Visiting tutor, University of East London, London, Aug 2005 – Apr 2008
  7. Visiting tutor, Goldsmiths University of London, London, Jan 2003 – Dec 2006


  1. Learning and Enhancement Awards - City Student's Union (2017) Learning and Enhancement Awards
    Was shortlisted by City Sociology students for the Learning and Enhancement Teaching Awards in the category of assessment and feedback.
  2. Camara Brasileira de Livro (2014) Premio Jabuti
    Winner of the 2014 Premio Jabuti prize in the communication category, for the book Media and politics in Latin America: globalization, democracy and identity (I.B. Tauris and Editora Civilizacao Brasileira)
  3. ATWS Cecil B. Currey ATWS Book Awards - Best book on the Third World
    ATWS (Association of Third World Studies) - Cecil B. Currey ATWS Book-Length Publications Award
    Honorary mention - “Media and Politics in Latin America: globalization, gender politics and identity


Portuguese and Spanish - Latin American.

Research Students

Matina Zestanaki

Thesis title: Greek politics and social movements


  1. Matos, C. (2013). Midia e politica na America Latina: democracia, globalizacao e identidade. Editora Civilizacao Brasileira.
  2. Matos, C. (2012). Media and politics in Latin America: globalization, democracy and identity. London: I.B.Tauris. ISBN 978-1-84885-612-7.
  3. Matos, C. (2009). Journalism and Political Democracy in Brazil. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. ISBN 978-0-7391-2351-5.
  4. Matos, C. (2015). Media reform in Latin America revisited: where do we go from here? In Steemers, J. and Flew, T. (Eds.), Media Policy (pp. 156–172).
  5. Matos, C. (2014). The Internet for the Public Interest: Overcoming the digital divide in Brazil. In Martens, C., McChesney, R. and Vivaveres, E. (Eds.), Regional responses to media regulation: the International Political Economy of Media in South America London: algrave Macmillan.
  6. Matos, C. (2014). Public service broadcasting and media reform in Brazil in comparative perspective. In Guerrero, M.A. and Márquez-Ramírez, M. (Eds.), Media Systems and Communication Policies in Latin America ISBN 978-1-137-40904-1.
  7. Matos, C. (2013). Media and globalization in Brazil. In Nederveen Pieterse, J. and Cardoso, A. (Eds.), Brazil Emerging: Inequality and Emancipation New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-83704-0.
  8. Matos, C. (2012). Globalization and the mass media. Encyclopedia of Globalization Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  9. Matos, C. (2015). The crisis of public communications and quality journalism in comparative perspective. Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies, Latin American Journalism edition.
  10. Matos, C. (2009). Comparing Media Systems: the role of the public media in the digital age. The Global Studies Journal, 2(3).

Books (3)

  1. Matos, C. (2016). Globalization, gender politics and the media. Maryland, USA: Rowman and Littlefield/Lexington Books. ISBN 978-1-4985-1244-2.
  2. Matos, C. (2008). Jornalismo e política democrática no Brasil. Sao Paulo: Publifolha. ISBN 978-85-7402-928-3.
  3. Matos, C. Gender, health communications and online activism in the digital age. London: McGill-Queen's University Press.

Chapters (4)

  1. Matos, C. (2017). Democracy, pluralism and the media in South America. Handbook of South American Governance (pp. 275–285). ISBN 978-1-315-66116-2.
  2. Matos, C. (2014). Public communications and regulation. In Guerrero, M.A. and Ramirez, M.M. (Eds.), Globalization, Media Policies and Markets in Latin America London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  3. Matos, C. (2013). Brazil Emerging: inequality and emancipation. In Nederveen Pieterse, J. (Ed.), Brazil Emerging: inequality and emancipation London: Routledge.
  4. Matos, C. (2001). Isaac Julien. In Allon, Y. (Ed.), Contemporary British and Irish Film Directors New York: Wallflower Press. ISBN 978-1-903364-21-5.

Conference papers and proceedings (6)

  1. Matos, C. (2013). Inequality and emancipation: Brazil’s changing role in the world. Pre-ICA London Conference London.
  2. Matos, C. (2013). Television, entertainment and the public interest. ICA London Conference London.
  3. Matos, C. (2013). Gender politics, blogging and the 2010 Brazilian elections. Political Studies Association (PSA) Conference Cardiff.
  4. Matos, C. (2013). Public service broadcasting and media reform in Brazil in comparative perspective. 2013 IAMCR Conference Dublin.
  5. Matos, C. (2008). Between crisis and cultural emancipation: re-evaluating the role of the public media in the digital age. 5th year anniversary of the Media and Communications Department LSE, London.
  6. Matos, C. (2008). Partisanship and professionalism: the role of the journalist in the democratization process. US-Brazil (BRASA IX) conference Tulane University, New Orleans USA.

Internet publication

  1. Matos, C. (2014). The colourful reality of Brazilian society – it’s more than football and samba.

Journal articles (17)

  1. Matos, C. (2020). NGO’s and advocacy communications on sexual and reproductive health and rights: from the North to the South. Feminist Media Studies pp. 1–22. doi:10.1080/14680777.2020.1841813.
  2. Matos, C. (2019). Book review The Technoscientific witness of rape - contentious histories of law, feminism and forensic science. American Journal of Sociology, 125(March 2020 no 5). doi:10.1086/703550.
  3. Matos, C. (2019). The Technoscientific Witness of Rape: Contentious Histories of Law, Feminism, and Forensic Science. By Andrea Quinlan. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017. Pp. x+254. $66.00 (cloth); $29.95 (paper). American Journal of Sociology, 125(1), pp. 310–312. doi:10.1086/703550.
  4. Matos, C. (2019). Feminist media studies across borders: Re-visiting studies within the Brazilian national context. Journal of International Women's Studies, 20(2), pp. 11–25.
  5. Matos, C. (2018). Re-thinking feminism and democratic politics: the potential of online networks for social change and gender equality in Brazil. Mediapolis, 7, pp. 17–30. doi:10.14195/2183‑6019_7_1.
  6. Matos, C. (2018). Facing Poverty and Marginalization: Fifty years of Critical Research in Brazil - edited by Kontopodis, Michalis, Magalhaes, Maria C. and Coracini, Maria Jose. Bulletin of Latin American Research, 37(3), pp. 387–388. doi:10.1111/blar.12827.
  7. Matos, C.O. (2017). Rosalind Gill: “não queremos só mais bolo, queremos toda a padaria!” MATRIZes, 11(2), pp. 137–137. doi:10.11606/issn.1982-8160.v11i2p137-160.
  8. Matos, C. (2017). New Brazilian feminisms and online networks: Cyberfeminism, protest and the female ‘Arab Spring’. International Sociology, 32(3), pp. 417–434. doi:10.1177/0268580917694971.
  9. Matos, C. (2016). Harbinger of modernity. Marcos Aguinis and the democratization of Argentina. Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, 15(3), pp. 528–529. doi:10.1080/14725886.2016.1186377.
  10. Matos, C. (2015). The Brazillian Road Movie: Journeys of (Self) Discovery - edited by Brandellero, Sara. Bulletin of Latin American Research, 34(3), pp. 394–395. doi:10.1111/blar.12336.
  11. Matos, C. (2015). Brazil: the struggle for press freedom. Dialogue, (07), pp. 19–20.
  12. Matos, C. (2014). Brazil: the struggle for press freedom. Dialogue.
  13. Matos, C. (2014). Brazilian society and politics post-world cup 2014: Global and local media narratives for democratization. International Journal of Digital Television, 5(3), pp. 255–259. doi:10.1386/jdtv.5.3.255_7.
  14. Matos, C. (2012). Media Democratization in Brazil: Achievements and Future Challenges. Critical Sociology, 38(6), pp. 863–876. doi:10.1177/0896920512441636.
  15. Matos, C. (2012). Media democratization in Brazil and future challenges. Journal of Critical Sociology, 38(6).
  16. Matos, C. (2011). Media and democracy. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture.
  17. Matos, C. (2004). Lula is pop!: an analysis of a celebrity politician. Journal of Culture and Communications of the Federal University of Bahia.



- SG2051 News and society
- SG1005 Media history and Politics
- Sociology 3rd year project


- SGM004 Political communication
- SGM223 Communication, culture and development
- SGM111 Sociology Dissertation

Other Activities

Editorial activity (3)

  1. Review of articles for a series of top journals, including the American Political Science Review, Global Media and BLAR (Bulletin of Latin American Research)..
  2. Editorial Advisory Board, International Journal of Digital Television:
  3. Book review for BLAR (Bulletin of Latin American Research), Brandellero, Sara (ed) (2013) The Brazillian Road Movie: Journeys of (Self) Discovery,
    University of Wales Press (Cardiff), xix+288 pp. £90.00 hbk

Events/conferences (4)

  1. King's College: Where now for Brazil? (2016).
  2. Globalization, gender politics and the media. Gender & Sexualities Research Forum, City (2014).
  3. LSE/Oxford - Brazil Forum UK.
  4. Pre-BSA (British Sociological Association) conference. Birmingham

Keynote lectures/speeches (7)

  1. Delivered the lectures “Gender and social development” and “Gender equity and citizenship”. Institute for Parliamentary Studies (2015). Delivered lectures as part of the course Professional Certificate in Gender Planning
  2. Reuter's Institute University of Oxford.
  3. International Journalism Week, 2012 - University of Sheffield.
  4. Interrogating the Economics in the Public Sphere -.
  5. Women Festival - University of Southampton. Southampton
  6. Universidade Metodista. Sao Paulo
  7. Media and Governance in Latin America. University of Leeds

Media appearances (7)

  1. Is David Cameron really commited to promote more women?
  2. Al Jazeera Listening Post.
  3. CCTV America - The Heat is on.
  4. Financial Times.
  5. The World Weekly.
  6. Faculti Media.
  7. Al Jazeera Listening Post.

Online articles (4)

  1. Gender politics, blogging and the 2010 Brazilian elections. The Political Studies Association
  2. The colourful reality of Brazilian society is more than football and samba. (2014). The Conversation
  3. How Brazil's media is hounding. The Conversation
  4. Unesco World press freedom 2016 Finland. World celebrates 250 years of freedom of information

Production activity

  1. Globalization, gender politics and the media (Rowman and Littlefield/Lexington Books, 2016)

Other (5)

  1. International Centre for Parliamentary Studies - Professional Trainer on the Certificate in Gender Planning​.
  2. Unesco -
  3. Academia -
  4. Research Gate -
  5. City magazine 2015 -