Anabela Carvalho

Principal Investigator


Anabela Carvalho (PhD, University College London) is an Associate Professor at the Department of Communication Sciences of the University of Minho, Portugal. She has an extensive experience of research on climate change communication and has authored influential analyses of the discourses of various social actors and the media in the United Kingdom, Portugal and other countries. Citizens’ engagement with climate change and (bio-)sustainability, and especially the conditions for political engagement, have been her main research interests in the last few years.

Maria Fernandes-Jesus

Co-Principal Investigator


Maria Fernandes-Jesus (PhD, University of Porto) is a lecturer at York St. John University, UK. She is also an associate researcher at the Center for Social Research and Intervention at ISCTE-IUL, Portugal. She has been particularly interested in understanding how and in which conditions excluded and marginalised groups and communities engage in sustained participation and collective action. She has experience in interdisciplinary and mixed-method research in the field of youth participation, community-based initiatives, political engagement with climate change, mutual aid and solidarity, climate activism and social movements.

Carla Malafaia



Carla Malafaia (PhD, University of Porto) is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Research and Intervention in Education (CIIE) of the University of Porto, where she develops the Portuguese Ethnographic Subproject of the H2020 ERC-funded project “Imagi(ni)ng Democracy: European youth becoming citizens by visual participation”. Since 2008, she has been actively involved in national and large-scale international research projects on youth civic and political participation, its intersection with educational and social inequalities, and practices of visual politicization. Carla Malafaia is a member of the Centre for Sociology of Democracy (Helsinki); and of the Portuguese Society of Education Sciences (SPCE). 

Mehmet Ali Üzelgün



Mehmet Ali Üzelgün (PhD, University Institute of Lisbon, ISCTE-IUL) is an Integrated member of Nova Institute of Philosophy (IFILNOVA) Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and an Invited Assistant Professor at Ibn Haldun University, Istanbul. His research explores various discursive, rhetorical, and representational features of climate change communication.