Mariana Lameiras, Postdoctoral Fellow at UNU-EGOV, will attend the 4th International Conference on eDemocracy & eGovernment (ICEDEG 2017), which will take place in Quito, Ecuador, between 19-21 April 2017. This conference series is organized annually and is focused on the area of e-Democracy and e-Government. Mariana will deliver a tutorial on the first day of the conference entitled “Citizens, Politics, and Social Media – Trends, Impacts and Lessons Learnt“. The tutorial combines a theoretical and practical perspective by approaching e-Participation and digital media considering the following outline: 1) theoretical background and approaches to the topic; 2) literature and policy review of the impact of digital technologies and digital media in citizens’ engagement in politics; 3) the impact of social media in citizens’ engagement with politics with reference to international orientations and best practices; 4) emphasis on digitally- enhanced political parties.
Mariana holds a PhD in Communication Sciences, specifically in Political Economy of Communication and Media Governance, and has particular interest in the impact of digital media in citizen’s participation and decision-making processes. Apart from her work at UNU-EGOV as a Postdoctoral Fellow, she is also a researcher at the Communication and Society Research Centre (CSRC) at the University of Minho, Portugal.