School of Film, Media and Communication


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Dr Susana Sampaio-Dias

  • Qualifications: PhD, PG Dip., PG Dip., MA, BA, FHEA
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer in Journalis; Study Abroad Coordinator
  • Address: Milldam, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth, Hants PO1 3AS
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6096
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  • Department: School of Film, Media and Communication
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries


I am a Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the University of Portsmouth. I hold a PhD from Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, where I also contributed to teaching and worked as a researcher.

My first monograph, Reporting Human Rights, was published by Peter Lang in 2016.

I  worked as a journalist and news producer for RTP Rádio e Televisão de Portugal, the Portuguese public service broadcaster. 

Teaching Responsibilities

I lecture across the undergraduate programme in Journalism, including theoretical and methodological units:

  • Global Journalism and Human Rights
  • News Analysis (Research Methods)
  • Journalism in Context
  • Final Project - Dissertation


  • Human Rights and Journalism
  • Press freedom and security of journalists
  • News production and ethnography
  • International Human Rights Law and Responsibility to Protect
  • Journalism in Lusophone Africa
  • Social media and digital news
  • Environment and community

I am currently involved in the following research projects:

Analysing BuzzFeed and VICE during #GE20

This ongoing project examines how the 2017 UK general election was reported to younger audiences by two new-media organisations, BuzzFeed and VICE. This is a collaborative study with Dr James Dennis (University of Portsmouth).

Primaction Project 

This is an interdisciplinary and international research project that aims at developing a long-term, sustainable, country-scale conservation management strategy within a collaborative working group dedicated to primate conservation. This project encompasses environment and conservation activities and training with journalists in Guinea-Bissau. This research project is supported by several organisations including the Born Free Foundation, Chester Zoo and FCT. Twitter account: Primaction Project

Transnational Civil Society

I am a member of the Faculty-funded Research Project: Transnational Civil Society. This project seeks to understand the formation of transnational networks, their interaction with governments and international organisations, the effect of their activities on their organisational structure and working practices, and their impact on regional and global politics. Read more: Transnational Civil Society: Societal Actors in European and Global Politics

Citizenship, 'Race' and Belonging

I am a member of the Citizenship, ‘Race’ and Belonging (CRaB) research network. CRaB’s mission is to promote social justice and investigate structural inequalities through rigorous research, innovation, and public engagement. Read more: Citizenship, 'Race' and Belonging (CRaB)

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Research profile

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