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Renata Brandao is the Post-Doctoral Research Associate of the Digital Mediation strand of the Language Acts and Worldmakingproject, one of four projects funded under the AHRC’s Open World Research Initiative, which explores the effects and attitudes towards digital culture and technology in Modern Languages research. Her research addresses the digital mediations of dataand searches to identify the theoretical-methodological assumptions for a critical data (multi)literacy in Modern Language Research.

Previously, Renata worked as a data journalist for an award-winning content agency in London. She has a PhD in Journalism from the University of Sheffield. Her dissertation examined how statistics are used to articulate journalist narratives and shape news discourses of science in the newsroom. In other words, her project produced an innovative body of knowledge on the presentation of data in the reporting of science stories.

She is currently the Early Career Representative for the Department of Digital Humanities.

Research Interest and PhD Supervision

  • Data Journalism
  • Digital Media
  • Digital Culture

Throughout the years, Renata has acquired progressive experience spanning all facets of data research, digital culture and the agency of journalism. She is broadly interested in data journalism with a particular emphasis on how data is accessed, interpreted and disseminated when producing stories, and its role in facilitating public understanding of political, economic, and social issues. In particular, her future research interests are shaped by the emerging trend towards digital culture and how digitally-mediated information is changing the way we interact with data and how we allow knowledge to be recorded and perpetuated. My current research agenda focuses on the digital mediations of data in Modern Language research. Her past research investigates alternative and digital media, as well as mainstream media, as mediums for the dissemination of data and materials.

For more details, please see her full research profile.