Ines Marques Ribeiro is a MEDIACTION researcher and project coordinator. She is an Integrated Researcher at the Centre for International Studies (Iscte). Currently, Ribeiro is working with the National Defense Policy Directorate as a researcher preparing studies, advising, and preparing policy documents on National, European and Transatlantic Defense. Ribeiro holds a PhD in History, Security and Defense Studies focused on European Defense (Iscte). She holds an M.A. in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe (Bruges), and a post-graduation in Classical Studies (University of Lisbon). Ribeiro is also Guest Assistant Professor at the History Department (Iscte). Previously, she worked as Editorial Assistant at the Portuguese Journal of Social Science (Iscte).
Mafalda Casais is a MEDIACTION researcher and project manager. She has an undergraduate
degree in Design and a master’s degree in Product Design from the Lisbon School of
Architecture, University of Lisbon. Subsequently, she did a PhD at the Delft Institute of Positive
Design (TU Delft), in the Netherlands. Between 2012 and 2022 she has been involved in
teaching and supervision (Bachelor, Master, and PhD level). Mafalda Casais is author and co-
author of over 20 publications, 13 of which are indexed by Scopus. Currently, she works as a
Rita Alves is a MEDIACTION researcher and communication manager. She has an
undergraduate degree in Journalism and Communication from the Faculty of Arts of the
University of Coimbra and a master's in journalism from the School of Social Communication,
having developed a dissertation on the media coverage of the terrorist actions of the Popular
Forces on April 25th. Currently a PhD student in Communication Sciences at Iscte, where she is
developing a thesis on media and terrorism.
Rodrigo Rodrigues is a MEDIACTION researcher. He has an undergraduate degree in
Communication Studies – Media Studies/Journalism from Universidade Católica Portuguesa
and a specialization in International Studies from Iscte. He is currently enrolled in a master’s
degree in European Interdisciplinary Studies at the College of Europe in Natolin. Previously,
Rodrigues reported on real time media coverage at the European Commission in Portugal. In
addition, he served as acting-coordinator at the Azores EU Office, providing strategic reporting
on EU legislation.
Sofia Rocha is MEDIACTION’s science communicator and content producer. Rocha has an
undergraduate degree in Audiovisual and Multimedia from ESCS. She has worked at CIES-Iscte,
in the Communication and Planning Office since 2017, where she does science communication,
organizes scientific events, and provides support (graphic, audiovisual, etc.) to different
research groups and projects. She also organizes non-academic events and is a graphic
designer and illustrator.
Ana Luísa Prado is a MEDIACTION researcher. Prado has an undergraduate degree in Political
Science and International Relations, with a Minor in International Relations, at the University
of Beira Interior. She has experience in research as a coder in research projects, such as Maple
ERC. She did an internship as a research assistant at the Centre of International Studies (CEI-
IUL). Currently, Prado is a Master student in International Studies at Iscte. Her research
interests are the Euro-Atlantic space, NATO, the European Union, diplomacy, and political
Inês Pinto is a MEDIACTION researcher. Pinto holds an undergraduate degree in International
Relations from ISCSP and she is currently studying Development and International Cooperation
as a master’s student at ISEG, both from University of Lisbon. She is working on the impact of
hybrid threats in fragile states in Africa as her final research project. She interned at the
National Defense Policy Directorate at the Portuguese Ministry of National Defense and her
interests also focus on European Union responses on tackling disinformation in the Euro-
Atlantic space and NATO.
Francisco Cardoso is a MEDIACTION researcher. Cardoso has a degree in Languages, Literatures
and Cultures, with a Major in North American Studies and is currently a master's student in
International Studies at Iscte. He has worked extensively as the organizer of youth educational
conferences and events, particularly for Amnesty International. Cardoso has focused on the
topic of disinformation, particularly in a North American context, as well as on USA foreign
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