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Dr Claudia Abreu Lopes


Claudia Abreu Lopes is an Affiliated Lecturer at POLIS. She joined POLIS as a Post-doctoral Research Associate at CGHR where she led for three years the research project 'Africa's Voices', continuing as Head of Research and Innovation of Africa's Voices Foundation for two years. 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/Research Methods at the University of Coimbra. Claudia holds a PhD in Social Research Methods from the LSE (with a scholarship from Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation), a Master's degree 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 also collaborates on the Wellcome Trust and DFID funded project 'Epidemics, Digital Media and Health Communications in Africa' (CGHR) and undertakes consultancy work for UN Women and UN Global Pulse on projects related to gender equality and big data. She also teaches short courses on research methods at the 'Summer School in Advanced Methods for Data Analysis' of the University of Lisbon and the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods.

Research Interests

Claudia is interested in (i) the socio-cognitive mechanisms by which communities negotiate shared visions of reality and (ii) methodologies that bridge individuals' behaviour and collective beliefs to their sociopolitical context. Claudia researches methodologies to analyse big data and citizen-generated data – including radio and social media data – and their value to monitor, evaluate and advance sustainable development goals by bringing people's voices to the fore of development agenda 2030.

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, Bailur and Barton-Owen. (2018). Can big data be used for Evaluation? A UN Women feasibility study. New Work: UN Women.

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

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.

World Bank Group (2016). Evaluating Digital Citizen Engagement: A Practical Guide. Washington, DC: World Bank. 

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.), The Cambridge 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.