Current

ActiveVirtual Reality for Engaging Older Adults with Dementia in Residential Aged Care (June-December 2017)
With Steven Baker (Computer Science), Frank Vetere (Computer Science), Jenny Waycott (Computer Science), and Ralph Hampson (Social Work). Hallmark Ageing (HARI) Seed Funding (Small Grant).

Social Isolation and Loneliness amongst Australian older adults (2017)
Early Career Researcher Grant, University of Melbourne.

Captured and Captioned: Representing Family Lives on Instagram (2017)
With Signe Ravn and Ashley Barnwell. Faculty of Arts Research Grant, University of Melbourne.

Networked Individualism: A Comparative Study of Social Networks, Digital Media, International Ties, and Privacy (2015-2018)
Led by Professor Brent Berry and Professor Barry Wellman, University of Toronto, Canada. Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

The Harriet Martineau Project
A semi-annotated bibliography of sociological research on Harriet Martineau’s work (Personal project).

 

Past

InTouch: Technologies to Combat Social Isolation and Loneliness (2014-2015)
Technologies for Aging Gracefully Lab, University of Toronto. With Professor Ron Baecker (Funded by NSERC, National Research Council Canada).

ALLT: Large-print Listening and Talking ebooks (2014-2015)
Technologies for Aging Gracefully Lab, University of Toronto. With Professor Ron Baecker and Assistant Professor Cosmin Munteanu.

Use and Challenges of NICE (National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly) Pocket Tools (2014-2015)
Technologies for Aging Gracefully Lab, University of Toronto. With Professor Ron Baecker and Assistant Professor Cosmin Munteanu. (Funded by SSHRC, National Research Council Canada).

EPIteen24: A longitudinal study of a cohort born in 1990 in Portugal (2013-2015)
This longitudinal study explored life course trajectories of a cohort of individuals born in 1990 (interviewed at 13, 17, 21, & 24 years of age). My team looked at how social capital is used and mobilized over time, especially in a time of financial & economic crisis. This project was coordinated by Professor Anália Torres (ISCSP-UTL). Funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science & Technology. Project Website.

European Union – Sustainability & Efficient Use of Resources: Survey, Debates, & Dissemination (2013-2014)
This project explored the themes of re-industrialization, sustainable development, green economy, energy sustainability, and education for the sea. It was funded by the Center Jacques Delors (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), European Union. Final report here. Project Website.

Perfil de saúde e bem-estar das crianças em cinco municípios portugueses (Health & well-being of children in five Portuguese municipalities, 2014)
This project was coordinated by Professor Fausto Amaro (ISCSP-UTL). Funded by the Portuguese Ministry of Health.

The non-aligned: Young non-users of social networking sites (2012-2013)
Despite the SNS’s pervasiveness among young people, there is a minority of young non-users. These non-users are often not given voice in research, since much attention is given to the majority of users and their practices. This study explores identities and social performances of non-users (18-26 years old), through 30 semi-structured interviews.

Internet and Social Capital (2008-2011)
My doctoral research examined if Internet usage was associated with social capital in Lisbon, Portugal. PhD grant by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology – FCT.

Too old for technology? (2008-2011)
This project studied adoption, use, and perceptions of ICT (mobile phones, computers, and the Internet) among a representative sample of 500 older adults (65+) living in Lisbon, Portugal. This study was coordinated by Professor Fausto Amaro and funded by UTL/Santander Totta Scientific Prize.

Digital Governance Worldwide/ 100-City E-Government Website Survey (2005-2009)
I conducted surveys for the digital governance projects coordinated by the E-Governance Institute of Rutgers University: Digital Governance in Municipalities Worldwide (2005); Digital Governance in Municipalities Worldwide (2007); U.S. Municipalities E-Governance Survey (2008); Digital Governance in Municipalities Worldwide (2009).

Digital Cities and Citizenship (2005-2007)
This was my M.A. research – a longitudinal study of two Portuguese digital cities, Gaia Global and Aveiro Digital (2005-2007). The main goal of the study was to analyze if these digital cities could reinforce citizenship (in an ontological perspective of action) and act as a catalyst for local development. The results showed that these digital cities attempted to enable citizenship by promoting essential elements for its exercise – making information and services available, facilitating interaction between citizens and the government, and improving the literacy of individuals in ICT. But, they were not yet a true bi-directional platform: they only provide limited information and services that would facilitate public participation, intervention and debate between citizens, the community, and those who govern them. They seemed to have, nevertheless, some impact in the social and economic development of the city/regions they support. Their initiatives to fight info-exclusion and bridge the digital divide were successful, namely the Internet Space projects. They have wired the city, delivered information and e-services, helped local enterprises to introduce ICT in their back and front offices, and trained some members of the community. Grant by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology – FCT.

Public Administration and Competitiveness in a Compared Perspective (2005-2007)
I analyzed the implementation and development of e-government initiatives in three countries of the European Union: Portugal, Spain and Ireland. I examined specific case studies and used two indicators to assess their e-government level: online sophistication and availability online. The results showed that Portugal, despite its relative social-economic disadvantage, was more advanced in the e-government sector. The project was coordinated by Professor João Bilhim and funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology – FCT.