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Dr Renata Lemos Morais

Position: Lecturer In Media And Communication
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: SCCA Arts & Ed
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92446438 +61 3 92446438


Biography summary

Renata Lemos Morais holds a joint PhD in Communications and Semiotics from the European Graduate School (EGS, Switzerland) and São Paulo Catholic University (PUC, Brazil). Her research is interdisciplinary, integrating culture, science, design and technology. Her latest book (Digital Social Networks: Twitter's Connective Cognition), was published in 2010 in co-authorship with Dr. Lucia Santaella. She is a member of the International Center for Transdisciplinary Research (CIRET) and speaks regularly at glocal events such as Social Media Week and TEDx. She has wide experience as a media innovation consultant, applying design thinking to media strategies at various organisations.


  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 1997
  • Master in Knowledge Engineering & Management, 2008
  • Doctor of Communications & Semiotics, 2012


Member of the International Center on Transdisciplinary Research (CIRET), based in Paris, France. 

Member of the Editorial Team of Contracampo Journal, Federal Fluminense University (UFF), Rio de Janeiro. 


Conferences and seminars

Invited Speaker at 3rd International Seminar on Media Ubiquity (UBITEC), Catholic University of Rio Grande do sul - PUC RS, Porto Alegre, October 15th, 2013. 

Invited speaker at International Conference on Social Networks (CIRS) - Innovative Cities, Curitiba, May 20th, 2011. 

Invited speaker at International Seminar on Digital Video Languages (Brazil-Spain), National Republic Museum, Brasilia, December, 2012. 

Invited Speaker at M-todos - Digital Mobility, Federal University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas, 2010. 


Awards and prizes

Split-site Doctoral Scholarship. CAPES, Brasil. 2010 - 2011.

Dean's Award for Originality and Academic Achievement. Manhattanville College, USA.


Research projects

Prezado You Tube

Collaborative investigation into You Tube narratives and artistic discourses. 

Research interests

. Interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity

. Speculative Media Theory

. Media Futures

. Network Theory

. Design Thinking

Research grants

Special United Nations Envoy to East Timor.
Brazilian National School of Public Administration (ESAF). Bilateral Program of  Cooperation for Development.

Mission: To instruct public officials from East Timor about how to best apply digital technologies to their governmental  needs, according  to local values and cultural identity. 

Research groups

Member of Com Versações (postgraduate research group on Communication Aesthetics and Poetics), University of Brasilia (UnB).



Nanocomunicação: ubiquidade, materialidade e convergência. Artefactum, Ano 5, v.1. p. 1-25, 2013. 

Bruce Sterling answers my questions about atemporality and social networks. Space Collective. Research Project: Polytopia. October, 2012. 

Money as Media: Gilson Schwartz on the Semiotics of Digital Culture. Continent. Issue 1.1, 2011. 

QOTD, por @umairh: a inteligência coletiva no Twitter. Galáxia, v.10, p.226 - 239, 2010. 

Levels of Convergence. Metanexus, 2008. 

Technontology, Complexity & Hybrid Interfaces. TripleC, v.7, p.29 - 37, 2009. 

Tecnontologia e Complexidade. Ciências & Cognição (UFRJ), v.21, p.15-25, 2007. 

. Book

Redes Sociais Digitais: a cognição conectiva do twitter. São Paulo: Paulus, 2010. p.135.

. Book Chapters

Continent. Year1. Chapter 8. Brookly, NY: punctum books, 2012.

Transdisciplinarity in Science and Religion. 4/2008. Chapter 5. p. 95-116. 

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