Amanda P. Alencar is Assistant Professor in the Department of Media & Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam, where she specializes in media and migration and intercultural communication. Recently, Amanda was a visiting fellow with the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University, where she developed part of her new research project ‘Digital Integration and Forced Migrations’. Amanda received her Ph.D. in Audiovisual Communication and Journalism from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) in 2012. After completion of her degree, she was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship, a prestigious grant from the European Commission, to conduct her research project entitled ‘TV News for Promoting Interculturalism: A Novel Step towards Immigrant Integration’ at the Department of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. This research worked towards a comprehensive and an integrated approach to the role of media technologies in the integration processes of new economic and refugee migrants in the Netherlands, Spain, Ireland and Brazil, both at structural and sociocultural levels. She has also been involved in various (international) research projects on intercultural media production in Europe and South America, the effects of narrative messages on the acculturation processes of Turkish and Moroccan immigrants in the Netherlands, and the use of collaborative digital games to foster intercultural integration at Dutch schools, among others. These projects and collaborations have resulted in several articles and book chapters published in major international, peer-reviewed academic journals and editorials (e.g. Communication Research, Information, Communication & Society, Journalism, European Journal of Communication; Media, Culture & Society).

She’s the Vice Chair of the Intercultural Communication Division within the International Communication Association (ICA) during the 2019-2023 period, a board member of the Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Galician Association of Communication (AGACOM), and a former member of the Editorial Board of the International Yearbook of Lusophone Communication of the University of Santiago de Compostela. Amanda also serves as a reviewer for several interdisciplinary journals (such as Communications, European Journal of Cultural Studies, Journal of Refugee Studies, Information, Communication and Society, Television and New Media, Mass Communication & Society, Open Cultural Studies, International Communication Gazette, Journalism, European Journal of Communication, Global Networks, etc.), conferences (ICA, ECREA, IAMCR), and grants (Expert Reviewer of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie MSCA – European Commission – H2020). At the same time, she has been involved in the organization of several international conferences, workshops and symposia in different countries. The last two conferences on the role of media and communications in (forced) migrations she hosted in Rotterdam (September 2017) and at the 68th Annual ICA Conference in Prague (May 2018) brought together scholars from disciplines such as media, intercultural and organizational communication, journalism, political communication and sociology to reflect on the different variables encompassing migrant acculturation and cultural identity processes. The papers presented in both conferences will be published in two special issues she is now co-editing in the (open-access) peer-reviewed journals ‘International Communication Gazette’ and ‘Media & Communication’.

Last but not least, Amanda’s trajectory as a researcher has been guided by great independence and innovation. She has managed to establish relevant research collaborations with migrant and intercultural professional organizations, local municipalities and stakeholders working with immigrant integration processes in several countries in Europe and South America.

Institutional website: https://www.eur.nl/en/people/amanda-paz-alencar


New PhD position in our project “Refugee Integration through the Digital in China” which is devoted to investigating the relationships between forced migration and communication processes. The application is now open for Chinese students who wish to study in the Netherlands with a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council (CSC) for a PhD position at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Deadline for application: March 2 2019. For more information on the CSC Scholarship Programme at Erasmus University, click here.

For more information on the research project and the requirements for this PhD position, download the file below.