Amanda P. Alencar is currently a Marie Curie Post-doc researcher at the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis of the University of Amsterdam. Prior to this appointment, she was awarded a PhD in Audiovisual Communication and Journalism summa cum laude from the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, and an MA in Communication also at USC. She has also worked as a producer and presenter in a broadcast television station in Brazil, where she also gained relevant experience with language teaching. Her research interests include Immigrant integration, geolinguistic spaces of communication, (New) Media production, social media effect, applied technology for journalism and knowledge production.
Her current research is concerned with the creation of strategies for giving immigrants the opportunity to learn more about the political, social, economic and cultural life of their new country. First, her Marie Curie research project entitled ''TV News for Promoting Interculturalism: A Novel Step towards Immigrant Integration'' conducted a cross-cultural study on the role of media news contents in providing migrants in Spain and the Netherlands with sociopolitical and cultural knowledge of their host society and facilitating their adaptation to a new environment. Second, the project explored the potentialities of digital storytelling in the design of an online tool with educational TV news contents for the immigrants’ acquisition of knowledge about politics, society and culture of their host countries. She is also involved in four (international) research projects on the relationships between social media and television news, film literacy and new audiences, the effects of narrative messages on Muslim integration in the Netherlands, and the use of entertaining collaborative digital games to foster multicultural integration at Dutch schools (Utrecht University).