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Sofia Leitão, PhD
Director of Research and Development

Sofia Leitão is a sociologist. She holds a PhD in Media Studies and a MA in Journalism Studies from the School of Journalism, Media & Cultural Studies, Cardiff University (UK), and a licenciatura (five-year university degree) from the University of Porto (Portugal). Her doctoral and master thesis look into childhood & media focusing on representations of childhood, cultural diversity, and children's social agency. She is the author of a book on media discourses and childhood constructions (Leitão, E.S.A. 2008. Desenhos Animados – Discursos sobre ser criança. Lisboa: Edições 70).

She is an experienced researcher and has collaborated in a number of other publications/projects as an associate/researcher at national and European level (such as EU Kids Online I – EC’s Better Internet for Kids programme; Consenting Children?: The use of children in non-fiction television programmes – Ofcom, UK; Cyprus Oral History Project: The First draft of History).

At “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center, Sofia coordinates the activities of the Research & Development Department. Her responsibilities include writing and coordinating grant applications ; monitoring and implementing EU funded projects; collaborating with the Director General and the Director of the Humanitarian Division in different areas such as strategic planning, staff performance and implementation of programmes.

Sofia has a particular interest in children’s education with an emphasis on storytelling and the use of media and arts as means to enhance self-expression and learning.

She has worked as a sociologist for local authorities in Portugal, researching issues related to social exclusion and vulnerable populations; as a lecturer at ISCEM Lisbon, where she taught Theory of Communication, Research Methods, and Sociology; as a teaching assistant of the module Approaching Media Images, at the School of Journalism, Media & Cultural Studies, Cardiff University; and she worked as a PA to the Ambassador of Portugal to Cyprus, Lebanon and Syria.