Ana Melro is currently a Research Assistant at UNU-EGOV and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Institute of Coding in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Exeter (UK). She currently studies the learning of coding by non-Computer Science students and the range of skills related to computational thinking, such as communication, creativity and critical thinking, that better prepare learners for today’s digital world. She also lectures contemporary issues about media and information to a Communication Sciences degree at the Instituto Universitário da Maia, Portugal.
She completed a European PhD about the role of news information in undergraduates’ civic and political lives at the Universidade do Minho, Portugal, in partnership with the Universitat Autonòma de Barcelona, Spain. During her Master’s degree, she worked as a junior research fellow in projects concerning technology and school children, focusing on one-laptop-per-child programmes and the role of media and information literacy in early education. She is also a member of the Observatory of Media and Information Literacy (MIL Obs) and of the Communication and Society Research Centre at the Universidade do Minho. She is an Associate Fellow for the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA), in the UK, and an associate editor for the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).