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Dr Claudia Abreu Lopes


Claudia Abreu Lopes is an Affiliated Lecturer at POLIS, a Research Associate at the Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CGHR) and a Senior Advisor for Research at the CGHR start-up Africa's Voices Foundation. Prior to joining POLIS she was a Teaching Fellow in Social Psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a Lecturer in Social Psychology and Research Methods at the University of Coimbra. Claudia holds a PhD in Social Research Methods from the LSE, a Master in Social Psychology from the University of Porto and a Diplome Européen d’Etudes Approfondies en Psychologie Sociale (DEEAPS) coordinated by the University of Geneva.

Claudia is interested in socio-cognitive mechanisms in the field of social representations and in methodologies that bridge people’s outlooks and actions to their economic and political contexts. In her doctoral research, Claudia advanced a social mechanism to explain cross-national variations on the economic morality of citizens across Europe. At CGHR, Claudia is researching digital methodologies to gather and analyse public opinion in African countries. She also collaborates on the Wellcome Trust and DFID funded project that investigates how interactive broadcast radio can be used as a public health tool in the current Zika crisis in Lusophone Africa.

Research Interests

Social psychology; Political psychology; Cultural psychology; Public opinion; Big data; Computational social science; Social mechanisms; Survey methods; Multilevel models.


Statistics and Methods in Politics and International Relations

Key Publications

Lopes, C. and Bailur, S. (2018). Gender equality and big data: Making gender data visible. New York: UN Women.

Berdou, E. and Lopes, C. (2017). The case of UNICEF's U-report Uganda. In T. Peixoto and M. Sifry, Civic Tech in the Global South: Assessing Technology for the Public Good. Washington DC: The World Bank and Personal Democracy Press.

Srinivasan, S. and Lopes, C. (2016). Africa’s Voices versus Big Data? The value of citizen engagement through interactive radio. In T. Tufte and O. Hermer, Voice and Matter: Contemporary Changes in Development. Nordicom.

Lopes, C., and Gaskell, G. (2015). Societal Psychology and levels of analysis in the study of social behaviour. In G. Sammut, E. Andreouli, and G. Gaskell (Eds.), Handbook of Social Representations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Lopes, C. and Srinivasan, S. (2014). Africa's Voices: Using mobile phones and radio to foster mediated public discussion and gather public opinions in Africa. Centre of Governance and Human Rights Working Paper 9.

Nassanga, G., Manyozo, L., and Lopes, C. (2013). ICTs and radio in Africa: How the uptake of ICT has influenced the newsroom culture among community radio journalists. Telematics and Informatics, 30, 258-266.

Lopes, C., and Frade, C. (2012). The way into bankruptcy: Market anomie and sacrifice among Portuguese consumers. Journal of Consumer Policy, 35, 477-496.

Lopes, C. (2011) From description to explanation in cross-national research: The case of economic morality. PhD thesis, The London School of Economics and Political Science.

Lopes, C. (2010). Consumer morality in times of economic hardship. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 34, 2, 112-120.