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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 and researcher with over 23 years of professional experience. Matos is also a former journalist and has over 10 years experience as a full-time journalist. She has been teaching and researching for over 14 years in universities throughout the UK. 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 developing countries. In 2017, Matos was shortlisted by City Sociology students for the Learning and Enhancement Teaching Awards in the category of assessment and feedback.

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. 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.

Her research is multidisciplinary and draws from Media and Communications, Journalism, Gender and Development, Politics, Sociology and Latin American and Brazilian Studies. Matos' work has been concerned with structural inequalities in societies, particularly of class, race and gender; with democracy and the ways in which cultures of journalism and the media can contribute to processes of social change, having examined particularly public service broadcasting and media, the mainstream media as well "alternative" journalism and the political engagement of online social and feminist movements. Her methods include both qualitative and quantitative approaches, from content analysis and surveys to interviews and discourse analysis.

During the last years, Matos has been teaching in the areas of media and development, political communications, international relations and the media, political economy of the media, news and society, globalization and the mass media as well as research methods. Her research is situated in the field of media, democracy and development, international communications, journalism and gender. Matos is particularly interested in colonial and post-colonial discourses, feminist theory and ICTs for development, and development communications. She published the books Media and politics in Latin America: globalization, democracy and identity (I.B. Tauris, 2012), Journalism and political democracy in Brazil (Lexington Books, 2008) and Globalization, gender politics and the media (Lexington Books, 2016), as well as having written many articles, chapters and done journalistic work. Media and politics in Latin America received in 2012 an honorable mention for the Cecil B. Currey Books Awards on the best book on the Third World by the Association of Third World Studies (ATWS) and also the 2014 Premio Jabuti prize, first category in communications. Her current research is a new project on feminism, democracy and online activism and journalism in developing countries. It seeks to research how various feminist movements and organizations in the BRIC countries are making use of social media to advance their causes through various forms of communication, either making use of traditional journalism formats or activism and advocacy. Matos is also working on a series of journal articles on journalism and development, teaching in higher education and female sociology academics in UK HE. In 2017, her research student, Matina Zestanaki, obtained her PhD with corrections in Greek politics and anti-austerity social movements.

Dr Matos obtained the Postgraduate Certificate in teaching in UK HE from the LSE in June 2011, having also taught at the LSE Executive as well as having done consultancy work for the LSE Enterprise. Over the last couple of years, Dr Matos has presented at the 2011 Waltham Literature and Arts Festival in Leytonstone-East End, at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford in 2012, at the International Journalism Week at Sheffield University in 2012 and has taken part in the University of Cambridge's department of History and Philosophy's ESRC funded project, Economics in Europe in a Comparative Perspective entitled “Interrogating Economics in the Public Sphere”, in April 2013, among others. Matos is also a member of professional organizations such as the ICA (International Communication Association), the International Sociological Association (ISA), the Political Studies Association (PSA), where she is part of the membership committee and also is listed as an expert, as well as the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).

Dr 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. She is also a contributor to the blog The Conversation and part of the editorial advisory board of the International Journal of Digital Television, among others. As a journalist, Matos worked for various newspapers and press organizations in the areas of politics, culture and international news, including Folha de Sao Paulo, Globo Organisations, Reuters and UNESCO. Matos is also Director of the Jeremy Tunstall Global Media Research Centre and is part of the Sociology Ethics Committee.


  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. Part-time lecturer, University of Essex, Colchester, Jun 2012 – Jul 2013
  2. LSE Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, May 2008 – Jun 2011
  3. Visiting tutor, St Mary's University Twickenham London, Twickenham, Aug 2007 – Jun 2008
  4. Visiting tutor, University of East London, London, Aug 2005 – Apr 2008
  5. 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.


Dr Matos is currently working on chapters for edited books and is conducting research on gender, communications and development. She is interested in building comparisons with the experiences of development and democratization of other BRIC countries, including looking at gender inequality in Latin America in comparative perspective with the experiences of more advanced democracies, examining gender representations in the media and popular culture.

Research interests

- Comparative Political Communications, including the role of public service broadcasting in the digital era, the public sphere and the relationship between media and democratisation
- International Communications and Development, especially the role of the media for national and international development
- Political journalism and democracy, such as the debate on journalism cultures, professionalism and objectivity and online journalism and new media
- Gender, globalization and communications, especially issues of global and local inequality, empowerment of disadvantaged groups and social inclusion.

PhD supervision

Dr Matos welcomes inquiries for PhD supervision in the areas of international journalism, media and democracy and development.

Research Students

Matina Zestanaki

Thesis title: Greek politics and social movements

Helton Vilar de Andrade

Thesis title: The media's coverage of inequality and poverty in Latin America


  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 (2)

  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.

Chapters (4)

  1. Matos, C. (2017). Democracy, pluralism and the media in South America. Handbook of South American Governance (pp. 275–285). ISBN 978-1-317-33929-8.
  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 (11)

  1. Matos, C. (2017). ROSALIND GILL: “WE DON’T JUST WANT MORE CAKE, WE WANT THE WHOLE BAKERY!” MATRIZes : Revista do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Comunicação da Universidade de São Paulo, 11(2), pp. 137–160. doi:10.11606/issn.1982-8160.v11i2p137-160.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Matos, C. (2015). The Brazillian Road Movie: Journeys of (Self) Discovery. BULLETIN OF LATIN AMERICAN RESEARCH, 34(3), p. 394. doi:10.1111/blar.12336.
  5. Matos, C. (2015). Brazil: the struggle for press freedom. Dialogue, (07), pp. 19–20.
  6. Matos, C. (2014). Brazil: the struggle for press freedom. Dialogue.
  7. 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.
  8. Matos, C. (2012). Media Democratization in Brazil: Achievements and Future Challenges. Critical Sociology, 38(6), pp. 863–876. doi:10.1177/0896920512441636.
  9. Matos, C. (2012). Media democratization in Brazil and future challenges. Journal of Critical Sociology, 38(6).
  10. Matos, C. (2011). Media and democracy. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture.
  11. 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. Reuter's Institute University of Oxford.
  2. International Journalism Week, 2012 - University of Sheffield.
  3. Interrogating the Economics in the Public Sphere -.
  4. 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
  5. Women Festival - University of Southampton. Southampton
  6. Universidade Metodista. Sao Paulo
  7. Media and Governance in Latin America. University of Leeds

Media appearances (8)

  1. Is David Cameron really commited to promote more women?
  2. City's Ma in International Communication and Development.
  3. Al Jazeera Listening Post.
  4. CCTV America - The Heat is on.
  5. Faculti Media.
  6. Al Jazeera Listening Post.
  7. Financial Times.
  8. The World Weekly.

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. Working on a new book, Globalization, gender politics and the media (Rowman and Littlefield/Lexington Books, forthcoming)

Television programme

  1. Al Jazeera Listening Post.

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 -