Rita Sofia Grácio Alberto

Rita Sofia Grácio Alberto


Rita Grácio holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Exeter (UK), and an MA and BA in Sociology from the University of Coimbra (Portugal). She is Assistant Professor at Lusófona University, teaching Organisational Behaviour and Communication, at undergraduate and masters' level. As a researcher at CICANT-Lusófona University, Rita Grácio takes part in several European-funded research projects, such as filmEU (Eramus+: 101004047, EPP-EUR-UNIV-202), filmEU_RIT (H2020: 101035820), RestART Europe-Mentoring Second-chance Female Entrepreneurs to Restart the European Arts and Creative Sector (2021-1-FR01-KA220-SCH-000029887), Cyanotypes- Strategic Skills for Creative Futures (ERASMUS-EDU-2021-PI-ALL-INNO-BLUEPRINT, ref: 101056314), as well as in FCT funded projects, such as On & Off: atmospheres of dis/connection ( 2022.01282.PTDC) and YouSound (EXPL/SOC-SOC/0504/2021, hosted by NOVA University of Lisbon). Previously she worked on two research projects, also funded by FCT: New Poetics of Resistance: Poetry in the 21st century (Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra), and The History of the Visual Culture of Medicine in Portugal (NOVA University of Lisbon). Rita Grácio has presented her research at several national and international conferences (ESA 2021, 2016, 2013, 2009; IAMCR 2021, among others), and has published book chapters and articles, either single or co-authored, on several outlets, such as Comunicazioni sociali, CLaW-Communication and Language at Work, Journal of Creative Industries and Cultural Studies (JOCIS), Museum International, Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais, among others; and she is one of the editors for MAiA: Music and Arts in Action (University of Exeter). She is a qualitative sociologist (interviews, ethnography, focus group, arts-based research), knowledgeable about quantitative methodologies and SPSS. Her research interests are on the sociology of arts and culture, on the production and consumption of arts, cultural and creative industries, the gendering of art worlds, creativity in everyday life, visual culture, and digital cultures.


  • Licenciatura
    BA in Sociology
  • Mestrado
    MA in Sociology
  • Doutoramento
  • Outros
    Science Communication Summer Course
  • Outros
    Certified Trainer on Gender Equality


Magazine article

  • 2018-07, Etnopaisagens [Ethnoscapes], Rua Larga

Journal issue

  • MAiA Editorial , 7

Journal article

  • 2021, Mapping the Film and Audiovisual Sectors: A Research Agenda for the Future. , Journal of Creative Industries and Cultural Studies,
  • 2020-11-27, The Art of Feminist-Queering the Museum: Gate-leaking, Museum International
  • 2020-11-18, Museums working with older people in times of pandemic, Working with Older People
  • 2020-04, 'A public drawer': the blogosphere as colective space for socio-poetic practices [Uma gaveta mais pública: A blogosfera como espaço colectivo de práticas socio- poéticas, Cadernos de arte e antropologia
  • 2016-05-01, Daughters of Rock and Moms Who Rock: Rock Music as a Medium for Family Relationships in Portugal, Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais
  • 2012-12-20, Poesia em rede: poesia portuguesa em blogues e sítios, Texto Digital

Thesis / Dissertation

  • 2018-07, PhD, Gender Distorting Genre Distorting Gender: Exploring Women's Rock Musicking Practices in Contemporary Portugal
  • 2010, Master, .mur.mur.(i)o. : poetas na blogosfera

Book chapter

  • 2021, Portuguese sea museums and the communication of maritime heritage in the 21st century, Martime Spaces, Brill
  • 2021, Literary maga/zines: Poem-Action and Togetherness, Independent DIY Publications and Underground Urban Cultures, Imprensa da Universidade do Porto
  • 2021, Creative cities and Poetry [Cidades Criativas e Poesia], Disruptive Visual Expression in the public space [Expressões visuais disruptivas no espaço público], Lusófona University Press
  • 2021, Being a 'young' social scientist without perishing in the stampede-academy [Ser jovem cientista social sem perecer na academia-turbilhão], Research and writing: Publish Without Perishing - Survive the Stampede [Investigação e escrita: Publicar Sem Perecer - Sobreviver ao Turbilhão], Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra
  • 2020, Visitor survey at Sea Museums [Estudo de públicos em Museus de Mar], Digital Transformation in Museums [Transformação Digital em Museus: Experiência de Visitante e no Alcance do Brand [ISBN: 978-989-757-134-3], Lusófona University Press

Conference paper

  • The Digitalization of Maritime Heritage in Sea Museums, Connections: Exploring Heritage, Architecture, Cities, Art, Media, Kent School of Architecture and Planning
  • 'A gender of distortion': the gendering of rock music' s organisational culture" [“Um género de distorção: a genderização da cultura organizacional do rock amador em Portugal”, Mulheres, Mundos do Trabalho e Cidadania – Diferentes Olhares, Outras Perspetivas

Other output

  • 2019-05-10, Documentary "Ela é uma música", Collaborative participation in the writing of the documentary "Ela é uma música", directed by Francisca Marvão, and selected to the independent international film festival Indie Lisbon. Exhibited at São Jorge Cine-Theater, Lisbon.


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