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Mafalda joined CMCI as a Lecturer in March 2020. Before joining King’s, she was an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, and worked in several cultural organisations and think tanks.

Mafalda's research investigates the intersections between culture, policy and international relations. Specifically, it examines the processes through which cultural policies and practices support (or reject) the movement towards transnational forms of participation, governance and belonging.

She holds a BA in Sociology from ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon in Portugal, a MA in Political Science from Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium and a PhD in Visual Culture from Goldsmiths.

Research Interests

  • Cultural diplomacy/relations
  • Cultural policies of the European Union and the European far-right
  • The global governance of culture
  • Art and politics
  • Spectatorship and citizenship


At CMCI, Mafalda teaches the module Conflict, Diplomacy and International Relations. She is also a Visiting Lecturer in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Economics of the Institut Catholique de Paris.

Mafalda is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has been a guest lecturer at Central Saint Martins, Geneva University of Art and Design, Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths, and Richmond University.

Expertise and Public Engagement

Mafalda currently works as expert for the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre on a project about the impact of values and identities on political behaviour and policymaking. She is also a 2019-2021 Research Fellow at the University of Southern California’s Center on Public Diplomacy (leading a project about the European Union’s Strategy for International Cultural Relations) and a member of the Next Left Research Group of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies.

Previously, she worked as a researcher and consultant for several organisations, including the German Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, the French Conservatoire National Supérieur d'Art Dramatique, and the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation.

She speaks regularly at international conferences focused on cultural policy, cultural diplomacy/relations and EU affairs. For more, see

Selected Publications

  • Dâmaso, M. 2019. 'From the cultural and foreign policies of western European far-right parties to the European Union’s 2015–2018 Agenda for Culture – identifying and opposing nativism'. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 24 (6). Special Number: Cultural Diplomacy and International Cultural Relations, 811-825.
  • Dâmaso, M. 2018. 'On Pedro Reyes’ The People’s United Nations (2013–2014) – Overlaps and Disjunctions between Citizenship and Spectatorship’. Journal of Arts and International Affairs, 2 (3).
  • Dâmaso, M. 2017. 'The United Nations Art Collection: Origins, Institutional Framework and Ongoing Tensions’. In O’Brien, D., Miller, T., Durrer, V. (Eds.), Routledge Companion to Global Cultural Policy. London: Routledge, 215-232.