PhD Candidate at the University of Manchester
Specialist Research Areas: conspiracy theories; alt-right multitude; legitimation through authority and visibility; critical discourse analysis; politics of truth
Beatriz is a PhD Candidate at the University of Manchester. Beatriz is using the concept of the multitude from a Post-Structuralist perspective to examine how and why alt-right conspiracy theories (white genocide, great replacement, cultural Marxism, deep state) have been legitimised in digital spaces, triggering parallel conspiratorial regimes of truth. Her project proposes a novel way of exploring digital political phenomenon, engaging with different areas of expertise in a transdisciplinary way.
Beatriz holds a BA in Social Communication – Journalism (UFRJ – Brazil) and a MA in International Relations and Security (University of Westminster). She is also the leading investigator of the independent research group MAFTI (Mapping the Far-right Truth Industry) and CEO/Founder of the award winner NGO Words Heal the World, which empowers young people to challenge hate speech and develop strategies to tackle extremism.