University of Alicante (Coordination)


Carmen Vives Cases (MPH, PhD) is Doctor in Sociology and Master in Public Health. Public Health Senior Lecturer in the area of preventive medicine and public health at the University of Alicante. She has directed several research projects in the areas of epidemiology of gender-based violence against women (prevalence, incidence, health consequences, as well as their social determinants and evaluation of health sector responses) and immigration, ethnic minorities and public health. She is a member of the WHO Collaborating Center for Social Inclusion and Health at the University of Alicante. She is the author of more than 100 articles published in indexed journals. During the period 2010-2016, she was associate editor of Gaceta Sanitaria. Currently, she is the president of the Spanish Society of Epidemiology.

Dr. Mari Carmen Davó Blanes (MPhil, PhD) is Public Health Senior Lecturer at the University of Alicante.  She has leaded and collaborated in several research projects on school health promotion, school feeding policy and gender violence and has authored and co-authored a wide range of papers on these topic. Member of the European Project “Policies on Marketing food and beverages to children” (POLMARK) she is currently coordinating the Public Health University Professors Forum for the improvement of public health curriculum in Spanish universities. 



Rosario Ferrer Cascales is Doctor in Psychology. Senior Lecturer in the area of Personality, Assessment and Psychological Treatment at the University of Alicante (Spain). Director of the Research Group in Psychology Applied to Health and Human Behavior. Her interest areas are focus on: development and validation of measures; quality of life, psychological well-being and mental health in adult and children population. She is author of a wide range of articles published in indexed journals. She has participated as Principal Investigator in several project and active researcher of different European Commission funded Projects such as: ISTEW Palliare; MATE and Lights4violence.



Natalia Albaladejo Blázquez is Ph.D. in Psychology. Graduate in Psychopedagogy. Master in Prevention and treatment in drug addiction. Associate Professor in the area of Personality, Assessment and Psychological Treatment at the Department of Health Psychology of the University of Alicante (Spain). Member of the Research Group Psychology Applied to Health and Human Behavior of the University of Alicante. Her main research lines are: health psychology applied to school; assessment and application of intervention programs in schools; training of teachers in Emotional Education; and educative innovation. Author of different articles published in indexed journals and of presentations in national and international congress. Adviser to the Teacher Training Centers in Alicante. She is an active researcher of European Commission funded Projects such as: MATE and Lights4violence.

Miriam Sánchez-SanSegundo is Doctor in Psychology, Degree in Criminology, Master in Forensic Psychology and Master in Neurocriminology. Research assistant in the area of Personality, Assessment and Psychological Treatment at the University of Alicante (Spain). Her interest areas are focus on Clinical Psychology, Treatment of Offenders, Risk for violence and victimization, and Neuropsychological assessment. Author of different articles indexed in the Journal Citation Reports and of conferences and presentations in national and international research congress. She is an active researcher of different European Commission funded Projects such as: ISTEW Palliare;  MATE and Lights4violence.

Dr. Manuel Lillo-Crespo (PhD) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nursing and International Mobility Coordinator at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Alicante (Spain). He was recently appointed as Fellow Ad Eundem of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery. His areas of expertise are: Educational Research for Health professions, Healthcare Management and Administration mainly based on Improvement Science and Quality Improvement and Healthcare/clinical Anthropology. Nowadays, he is an active researcher and team lead on other European Union funded Projects such as: ISTEW Project (Improvement Science Training for European Healthcare Workers); Palliare Project (Evidence informed dementia care and family caring in the middle and advanced stages), PPS Project (Peer to peer Support fostering Active and Healthy Aging), MATE Project (Multidimensional Analytical Training in Education) and HEALINT Project (Supporting Internationalization of Traineeships in the Healthcare Sectors). 

Juan Carlos Ivorra works, since 2009, as a Senior Project Manager at the International Projects Management Office of the University of Alicante. His main activities and responsibilities are, among others, the dissemination and outreach of international funding programmes within university research groups and support them during proposal preparation and submission. Once the project is funded, his tasks go further with all the financial and administrative management, either acting the University of Alicante as a partner or coordinator. 


Vanesa Pérez Martínez is PhD Student in Health Sciences, Psychology Bachelor and Master in Criminological and Victimological Intervention. Her academic background is mainly focused on Gender Violence and Dating Violence, intrafamily violence intervention, forensic criminology and violence intervention programs. She collaborated in several neuropsychological studies and she is currently working as a starting researcher in Lights4Violence.




Libera Universita Maria SS. Assunta Di Roma (LUMSA): Coordinator of Work Package "Dissemination and communication"

Consuelo Corradi is professor of sociology and Vice-Chair for research and international relations at Lumsa University, Rome, Italy. She served as co-Chair of the Cost Action IS1206 on Femicide across Europe. Her research interests include violence against women, femicide, and more recently the cross-national comparison of gender policy regimes across Europe. Her most recent book is “The concept and measurement of violence against women and men” (Policy Press, 2017), co-authored with S. Walby, J. Towers, S. Balderston and others. Consuelo was Vice-President of European Sociological Association from 2007 to 2009.


Donatella Pacelli (PhD Sapienza University) is full professor of Sociology at the Department of Humanities-Lumsa University of Rome and President of the Italian Ministerial Committee  "Media and Minors". She was Director of the Degree in Sciences of communication and Coordinator of the PhD in "Communication, intercultural and complex organizations" at LUMSA. Her research and publications focus on: social theory; communication and socialization (media and minors; juvenile socialization; cyberbulling); inequalities and social problems. She coordinated in 2013 Lumsa research team in Daphne III Programme – I.T.A.C.A (Interaction of different subjects Towards A strategic Common Answer concerning juvenile gangs). She coordinate Lumsa research group on Web reputation and online behaviors of Italian teenagers (from cyberbullying to sexting) Founded By Regional- Committee for Communication.


Gabriella Agrusti is associate professor, PhD in Educational Research and Educational Measurement (LUMSA University, Italy). Member of the Council of the International Doctorate Course in “Contemporary Humanism” (LUMSA) Project manager and scientific supervisor for Italy in the Erasmus+ REGAP - Reducing the Educational Gap for migrants and refugees in EU countries with highly relevant e-learning resources offering strong social belonging (2017-1-NO01-KA204-034182) and for ACUMEN -  Career Management Skills (2016-1-UK01-KA204-024334) on OERS’ development for career management. Member of the Joint Management Committee for IEA ICCS 2016 - International Civic and Citizenship Education Study, a large scale assessment study promoted by IEA – International Association for Educational Achievement, and aimed at measuring grade 8 students’ learning outcomes, attitudes and beliefs in civic and citizenship education ( 

Maria Cinque is Associate Professor at LUMSA University, Rome. PhD in Multimedia education, Technologies for teaching and Special pedagogy. Coordinator of the Science of Education degree course and Director of the Programme for In-service Teachers working with students with Special Education Needs. She participated in the different European projects, concerning:


  • soft skills and digital soft skills (2014-17 eLene4work: Learning to learn for new digital soft skills for employability);
  • skills for the ICT sector (2014-15  European Ict Sector Skills Alliance - Vet Open Course For Mobile Apps Creators);
  • the modernization of Higher Education (2012-14 Inter-Hed - The Internationalisation of Higher Education: an online training course for Erasmus Mundus Administrators; 2009-12 MODES (Modernising Higher Education through Soft Skills Accreditation).

Francesca Comunello, PhD (Sapienza University, Rome), is an associate professor of Internet Studies in the Department of Humanities, Lumsa University, Rome (Italy). She has been an Assistant Professor of Sociology of Culture and Communication in the Department of Communication and Social Research (CORIS), Sapienza University of Rome, from 2007 to 2014. Her research and publications focus on the intersections between digital technology and society, including network theories, digitally-mediated social relations, ageing and digital communication, gender and ICT, mobile communication, social media, digital communication and natural disasters. Her work is published in Journals such as Media Culture and Society, The Sociological Review, and Games and Culture.

Francesca Ieracitano (PhD) is assistant professor of  Sociology of Communication and Media Theory in the Department of Humanities-Lumsa University of Rome (Italy). Her research and publications focus on media representation of diversity (ethnic and gender) and social problems. She coordinates the Lumsa University's Research Program: Youths' life projects during the crisis age. Cosmopolitanism and digital media as vectors towards future. She was member of Lumsa research team in Daphne III Programme – I.T.A.C.A (Interaction of different subjects Towards A strategic Common Answer concerning juvenile gangs)  (2007-2013). She coordinated the Media representation of Landings in Lampedusa Project, within Observatory Chart of Rome in partnership with UNHCR; University La Sapienza of Rome, National Federation of Italian Newspapers, National Journalists Committee.

Nicoletta Rosati. Born in Rome where she presently resides. Formerly principal in various comprehensive institutes  in Rome and Lazio region. Has been working as an assistant professor of General Didactics  and  Special Pedagogy at Lumsa University, Rome. Representative  for the Dean of Lumsa University at  CNUDD ( the National Conference for University Students with Disabilities and Learning Disorders). Teaches General and Social Pedagogy at the Catholic University, Rome. Teaches General Didactics and Intersubjective Pedagogy  in the English section  at the Angelicum University,  Rome. Teacher  trainer since 1990 preparing both Italian and International student teachers. Has participated in various projects for  the European Agency  for Special Needs and inclusive Education. Presently  working on the European Light4Violence Project ; European Agency Project for Early Childhood Inclusive Education; Project on the introduction of Metacognitive Didactics in Pre-primary and Primary Schools. Publications include books and articles on cooperative learning, meta-cooperative learning, the influence of games in child development,  curriculum planning, the mother-child relationship, service learning in the high school, work-study programs in high school.


Universitatea De Medicina SI Farmacie Grigore T. Popa, Romania (UMF Iasi)

Veronica Mocanu is Professor of Pathophysiology and Eating behavior at “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Iasi, Romania. She graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in 1987 and received her PhD degree in 1996 . She is senior endocrinologist and her major research field of interest is the obesity (including exposure to violence of obese children and adolescents). She is the coordinator of  the regional programme for the prevention of childhood obesity – Healthy Traditions, which is included in the EPODE (Ensemble Prévenons l'ObésitéDes Enfants) International Network (a large-scale, coordinated-building approach for communities aimed to reducing childhood obesity). She participated in programs funded by the European Commission: EPODE for the Promotion of Health Equity (EPHE) and EPODE European Network (EEN).

Ileana Antohe is Associate Professor of Nursing at “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Iasi, Romania, as well as Consultant in Internal medicine and head of First Medical Clinic at the Emergency Hospital “Saint Spiridon” Iasi. She graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in 1986 and received her PhD degree in 2002. She has also graduated from Master degree in Management and health legislation, medical informatics and statistics in 2004. She took part in LLP EU Programmes, such as: Project EU No 510111-LLP-1-2010-1-FI-ERASMUS-ECUE: Empowering the  Professionalization of Nurses through Mentorship (EmpNURS ); Project EU No 2012/LLP/ERAMOB-IP/21: Best Practice in End-of-Life-Care.  A Challenge for Young European Nurses to implement best practices in End-of-Life-Care in Terminally Ill Oncology Patients.

Beatrice Gabriela Ioan is Professor of Legal Medicine and Bioethics at “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Iasi, Romania, as well as its Vice-Rector of institutional strategy. She graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in 1993 and received her PhD degree in 2003. She also graduated from the Faculty of Psychology in 2002 and from the Law Faculty in 2012.  In 2004 she completed the Master of Art Program in Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University, USA, and in 2013 the Master du Droit et Gestion de la Santé at Institut Catholique de Rennes, France. She is the chair of the Committee on Bioethics of the Council of Europe and a member of the International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO. She is also the Chair of the Bioethics Commission of the Romanian College of Physicians. 

Elena-Mihaela Carausu is Associate Professor at Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Iasi, Romania. She graduated from the Faculty of Pediatrics in 1989 and received the PhD degree in 1997. She is senior consultant of Public Health & Management since 2003. ”Violence as the public health issue” is an important research area for her. By now, she has published in extenso 4 studies on violence and divorce.



​Dana-Teodora Anton Paduraru is lecturer at “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Iasi, Romania – Discipline of Pediatrics.  She graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in 1990 and the Master in Clinical Nutrition in 2010. She received her PhD degree in 1998. She is senior pediatrician  and her major research fields of interest are the nutrition and metabolism diseases and  cystic fibrosis.  She is the regional coordinator of  two National Health  Programmes (“Neonatal screening for phenylketonuria and congenital hypothyroidism”and “Cystic fibrosis in children”). She is the project manager of the ESCRH grant “Developing and implementing an educational programme for the prevention of sexual transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancy in adolescents girls from rural area from North-Eastern Romania”.

Cristina Gena Dascalu is Lecturer of Medical Informatics and Biostatistics at “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Iasi, Romania. She graduated from the Faculty of Informatics in 1995 and received her PhD degree in Mathematics / Statistics in 2005. She also graduated two Master programs, "Distributive Processing" in 1996 and “Sanitary Management, Bioinformatics and  Biostatistics” in 2009. Her major research fields are Biostatistics, Medical Databases and Medical Data Processing. She participated as member in 8 research projects and 4 projects funded by the European Commission. She collaborated at 3 books and is author or co-author at 8 books, as well as 23 ISI Indexed and ISI Proceedings articles.


Cardiff Metropolitan University, United Kingdom (CMetU)

Dr Nicola Bowes has expertise in undertaking complex research methodologies in challenging settings, with vulnerable participants.  She is a qualified forensic psychologist and has experience of working clinically with people in forensic settings.  She has worked with people who present with mental health issues, have mental disorders, have had traumatic experiences, misuse substances, commit crimes and often find it difficult to engage with services designed to support them. She also has experience of directing clinical trials, designing and implementing methodologies and undertaking health economic outcomes (e.g. Bowes et al. 2014).  She works extensively with external partners to ensure her research is applied and has the potential to impact on policy and practice. Her research was accepted within the Research Excellence Framework, 2014. This means that at least 50% of her work was assessed as and judged to be either ‘Internationally Excellent’ or ‘World Leading’ and none of her work was rated as less than ‘Internationally Recognised’. Nicola has successfully applied for various funding applications, including Knowledge Exchange Skills Scholarship (KESS) funding.  Nicola supervises several Doctorate level students who are training to be forensic psychologists and supervises PhD students.  She has examined PhD students internationally. Is a Chartered and Registered Forensic psychologist with 17 years’ experience in the Criminal Justice System. She has worked in prisons, secure hospitals and community settings.  Conducting assessment and intervention with high-risk sexual and violent offenders. She also has considerable experience of consultancy during critical incidents, supervision of psychologists, probation officers and prison officers and training in psychological principles within CJS settings.

Dr De Claire is currently Senior Lecturer on the Post Graduate Diploma in Practitioner Forensic Psychology and Programme Director for the Forensic Psychology Doctorate. In this role, she supervises trainee psychologists towards qualification and supervises postgraduate research. Dr De Claire continues to work part time for HM Prison and Probation Service leading on special projects and supervising research related to positive prisoner management. She is also engaged in a project with Welsh Government considering the research evidence available to inform changing the behaviour of perpetrators engaged in Intimate Partner Violence. Dr De Claire’s main area of research interest is understanding the effects of positive intimate relationships on offending behaviour.


Dr Leanne Freeman is a critical social psychologist who has worked at Cardiff Metropolitan University since 2010.  Her teaching and research interests are focused on the family and childhood with a focus on how gender may shape everyday experiences, such as how children engage with gender stereotyped toys or career possibilities.  Leanne adopts a qualitative approach to her research and is particularly interested in Thematic Analysis and story completion tasks.  Leanne is also a committee member of the Qualitative Methods in Psychology section of the British Psychological Society and Chair of the Teaching Qualitative Psychology Group. 


Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań

Polish coordinator Jacek Pyżalski  is a professor of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, PhD in humanities in the field of education studies. Participant and coordinator of about 60 national and international research projects. A coach in the scope of communication and difficult behaviours and an expert in media communication. His research interests cover electronic aggression, new media, communication at school, traditional peer aggression and cyberbullying among youth. In the years 2008-2012, he was a member of the international consortium of researchers of cyberbullying (COST IS801). A member of the European research network IS 1210 "Apperance matters" and currently COST CA16207 “European Network for Problematic Usage of the Internet” (both last actions including bullying and cyberbullying aspects). The author of the first monograph on the Poish market concerning electronic aggression. He is also the current Polish representative in EU Kids Online. 

​Katarzyna Waszyńska– Head of Health Promotion and Psychotherapy Program at the Faculty of Educational Studies of Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan (WSE UAM), Program coordinator of Sociotherapy and Health Promotion at WSE UAM. Psychologist, clinical sexologist (specialization 2003), a certified specialist in post-traumatic stress therapy, a counselor in marital and family problems, second degree specialist in the field of sex education (Institute for Sexual Health Society for Family Development). Dr. Waszynska’s research interests revolve around issues related to psychology, sexology and therapy. They also include the promotion of sexual health and sexual education recognized as an integral part of health education. Dr. Waszynska participated in the implementation of many research projects in the field of sexology, sexual education: "Psychosocial Determinants of Female Prostitution," "Biographical determinants of students sexuality”, „Fields of sexual interest of pupils of primary and secondary schools”, "The Sexual Life of Men Undergoing Imprisonment”, “„A Sense of Psychological Gender in Adolescents”.

Barbara Jankowiak- PhD in humanities in the field of education studies, associate professor, Department of Health Promotion and Psychotherapy, Faculty of Education Studies of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, psychologist, psychotherapist and pedagogue. Her scientific and research interest has focused on psychological and social functioning of young people, sociotherapy, psychological and pedagogical assistance and quality of intimate relations. She wrote two monographs entitled: Zachowania ryzykowne współczesnej młodzieży. Studium teoretyczno-empiryczne (Risk behaviour among young people today. A theoretical-empirical study) (2017), and Aktywność seksualna nauczycieli a jakość i trwałość ich związków partnerskich (Sexual activity of teachers and the quality and permanence of their partnerships) (2010). She was also the editor of a collective work entitled Socjoterapia jako forma pomocy psychologiczno-pedagogicznej. Teoria i praktyka (Sociotherapy as a form of psychological and pedagogical assistance. Theory and practice) (2013) and co-editor (with Agata Matysiak-Błaszczyk) of collective work entitled: Kontrowersje wokół socjalizacji dziewcząt i kobiet (Controversy regarding socializing process of girls and women) (2016) and Młodzież między ochroną a ryzykiem. Wspieranie rozwoju oraz pomoc psychologiczno-pedagogiczna dla adolescentów i adolescentek (Young people in between protection and risk. Supporting the development and psychological and pedagogical assistance for adolescents) (2017). 

Iwona Chmura-Rutkowska, Ph.D. in humanities in the field of education studies - assistant professor of pedagogy and sociology at the Faculty of Education Studies at Adam Mickiewicz University, an expert in social education sciences including gender studies. Among her scholarly interests are: critical analysis of every-day reality in educational institutions in its both explicit and implicit aspects; functions, results and mechanisms of exclusion and reproduction of educational and social inequalities. She is primarily focused on psychological and social mechanisms and effects of social conditioning and educational practices which reinforce gender stereotypes. She has published on cultural and social conditioning of gender identity formation, violence and critical analysis of discourses of femininity and masculinity in popular cultural, school curricula, textbooks, every day live, biography and storytelling. Dr. Chmura-Rutkowska’s r relevant research projects include: Cultural and Social Negotiations of Gender Identity of the Present Women and Men, Men on the Brink of Mid-life Crisis, Gender In Polish Textbooks, Gender- Based Peer Violence in Polish Junior High Schools.

Sylwia Jaskulska, PhD, assistant professor at the Faculty of Educational Studies, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland. Author or co-author of 3 books and over 80 papers. Member of the editorial board of „Yearbook of Pedagogy”. Participant in few national and international projects (in the field of teenagers and ICT, especially in the context of the peer group and social background of development). A member of the AMU Coordination and Programme Centre of Teacher Training. Author of 3 online educational programs for teenagers (Project „Student Online”). Teacher of drama.


Instituto Carlos III (ISCIII): Coordinator of Work Package "Evaluation"

Belén Sanz Barbero is master in Internacional Public Health and specialist in gender and public health by the Nacional School of Public Health, Madrid. She is researcher and epidemiology lecture at the Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology and Statistic  from the Spanish National Institute of Health Carlos III. She has directed several research national project and participated in different European research.  Her research, focused in vulnerable populations and since de framework of the social epidemiology, deals with the social inequity and especially with gender violence. She is the author of more than 50 articles published in indexed journals. She is a research member in the Spanish Epidemiology and Public Health Networking Biomedical Research Centre (CIBERESP).

M. João Forjaz is a scientific researcher at the National School of Public Health, from the Spanish National Institute of Health Carlos III. She graduated from University of Lisbon and obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2000 from University of North Texas, USA, with a Fulbright scholarship. She participates actively in the training of junior researchers and medical residents in public health and preventive medicine. Her research interests include scale validation and health indicators. Dr. Forjaz is the author of more than 90 articles in peer-review journal and several books and book chapters.  She is an associate editor of the journal Quality of Life Research, a member of the European-funded joint action CHRODIS+ and she is affiliated to the Spanish research network REDISSEC.

Carmen Rodríguez-Blázquez is PhD in Public Health, Psychologist, and MSc in Research Methodology. Currently, she works as a Research Technician at the National Centre of Epidemiology (Carlos III Institute of Health, Madrid, Spain). She has participated as a researcher in national and international projects and has more than 100 scientific publications on the fields of clinical and psychosocial aspects and quality of life of neurological diseases (Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases) and older populations, and in the development and validation of rating scales. She is a research member in the Spanish Consortium on Neurodegenerative Diseases (CIBERNED), and in the European-funded Joint Action on Chronic Diseases (CHRODIS+). She is affiliated to the Spanish Society of Epidemiology (SEE).



Maieutica Cooperativa de Ensino Superior CRL, Portugal (MAIEUTICA)

Sofia Neves is PhD in Social Psychology, Professor at University Institute of Maia and researcher at Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies (CIEG- Institute of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lisbon). Author of several books, book chapters and papers in scientific journals, her main area of research is gender violence, field in which she was considered an expert by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE). She's the President of Associação Plano i, a non-governmental organization devoted to Human Rights and she´s also member of the group on Domestic and Gender Violence, promoted by the Portuguese Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality, as well as of the group on Intervention of the Psychologist with LGBT people, promoted by the Portuguese Order of Psychologists. 

Cristina Pereira Vieira is PhD in Sociology, Professor at the Open University (Open University - UAb) and researcher at Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies (CIEG- Institute of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lisbon). Author of several books, chapters of books and articles in journals.  Her main areas of research are focused on sexuality, gender equality, young peolple and intersectional approaches. She has also been focused on topics such as homophobic bullying and dating violence. She’s a member of the Group MEDUSA (Gèneres en transició: masculinitats, afectes, cossos i tecnociência). She’s also a member of the group on "Distance Education and eLearning in Prisons in Portugal- Ead @ EPPt”. She’s involved in the development and evaluation of an Educational Virtual Model Inclusive, that stem from the recently signed protocol between the General Directorate of Reintegration and Prison Services (DGRSP) and UAb. 

Dália Costa is PhD in Sociology of Family, Master in Sociology, Postgraduate in Criminal Sciences and graduated in Social Policy from the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lisbon. She´s vice president and co-founder of Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies (CIEG - Institute of Social and Political Sciences/ISCSP, University of Lisbon). She coordinates and has participated in several nationally and internationally funded research projects competing with other proposals. Currently she coordinates the Postgraduate in Criminology and Social Reintegration and she´s the executive coordinator of the Specialized Training Course in Gender Equality at ISCSP. She is an Assistant Professor at ISCSP, where has been teaching since 1996 in different master's degrees, bachelor's degrees, postgraduate courses and specialized training courses. Her research main interests are violence against women, gender inequality, public policies and social policy.  

​Joana Topa is PhD in Social Psychology, Professor at University Institute of Maia and researcher at Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies (CIEG- Institute of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lisbon). She published, in 2016, the book entitled Maternal and child health care for immigrants in Oporto: Routes, discourses and practices, funded by the Portuguese High Commission for Migration. She’s also authored several national and international papers in scientific journals and book chapters. Her main areas of research are focused on gender and feminist studies, migrations and intersectional approaches. More recently she has also been focused on topics such as gender and dating violence.   

Estefânia Silva is PhD in Social Psychology from University of Minho and Master in Clinical and Health Psychology from University Institute of Maia. She´s a Professor at University Institute of Maia, where has been teaching in the graduations in Psychology and Criminology, and a researcher at Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies (CIEG- Institute of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lisbon). Currently she coordinates E-Gender: Specialized Training Course in Domestic Violence – Intervention with Particularly Vulnerable Victims (Immigrants). She´s author of several publications in scientific journals (national and international), book chapters and congress memoir book. Her main areas of research are migration, gender and feminist studies. She has also been focused on topics such as dating violence and homophobic bullying. She´s a member of Associação Plano i, a non-governmental organization devoted to Human Rights. 

Ariana  Correia is PhD student in Psychology in Oporto University with a thesis about media coverage on intimate femicide. She is currently a doctoral grantee by the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation. Since 2010 she has been working in multiple research projects associated with gender violence, either prevention or fight, particularly domestic and dating violence, but also with migrants and Roma community, always in a gender and intersectional lens. At the moment she coordinates two projects, both with national funds – UNi+ Programme (2017), that is focused in dating violence among university students and UNigualdade (2016), a programme through which university students and social sciences professionals are trained in gender equality, gender violence and social diversity. She is also a researcher in the project “Sexual violence among intimate relationships”, financed by European Commission (2017) and a founder member of Associação Plano i, a non-governmental organization devoted to Human Rights (2015). 

Fernando Faria Paulino is PhD in Anthropology (Visual Anthropology), Professor at University Institute of Maia and researcher at Research Center for Technologies and Intermedia Studies (CITEI) and at Centre for Arts and Communication (CIAC, University of Algarve). He coordenates the undergraduate degree of Multimedia Communication (CIAC, University Institute of Maia), the CLM Multimedia Lab Center ISMAI and the CCCom Communication Sciences Center | Multiplatform Audiovisual Studio ISMAI. His research interests are anthropology, visual anthropology and anthropology of visual communication, methodology, technology and epistemology of images and audiovisual culture, visual semiotics and visual culture, digital media, multimedia/hypermedia, documentary film and documentary photography, interactive documentary, i-docs and web-docs, anthropology, cultural heritage, culture and tourism development. He authored several scientific articles, documentary filmmaker, as well as hypermedia products.