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Ph.D in Culture Studies by the Humboldt & Viadrina School of Governance, in Berlin, and M.A. in Curating Contemporary Art by the Royal College of Art, in London, Luísa Santos is Assistant Researcher, in Culture Studies / Artistic Studies, since 2019. Between 2016 and 2019, she was Assistant Professor, with a Gulbenkian Professorship, at the Faculty of Human Sciences of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa. She is a research fellow at The European School of Governance (EUSG), in Berlin, since 2019 and an advisor at the Transart Institute in Liverpool since 2022. Luísa Santos joined the Advisory Board of the HANGAR, in Lisbon, in 2022. In 2013, she conducted research in curatorial practices at the Konstfack, in Stockholm. Researcher at the CECC, she initiated and co-founded the 4Cs: from Conflict to Conviviality through Creativity and Culture. Luísa Santos sits in the editorial and scientific boards of the peer-reviewed magazines Estúdio, Gama, and Croma and of the Yearbook of Moving Image Studies (YoMIS - Research Group Moving Image Kiel), Büchner-Verlag. Luísa Santos also collaborates in the Arts-based participatory research approach: Potential for exploring Asian-Canadian youth identities through an intersectionality lens, a research project coordinated at the York University. Her main areas of research are contemporary art and social systems. She has authored various publications in the domains of art and society. 

Research interests

Contemporary Art, Culture, and Society

Art, Culture, and Politics

Systemic change

Cultural and social conflicts

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Multidisciplinarity for social change (PhD in Culture Studies), Europe University Viadrina


Award Date: 21 May 2015

Master, MA in Curating Contemporary Art, Royal College of Art


Award Date: 26 Jun 2008

Bachelor, Communication Design (5 year degree), University of Lisbon


Award Date: 9 Sep 2003

External positions

Advisory Board, HANGAR - Centro de Investigação Artística

2022 → …

Advisor, Liverpool John Moores University

2022 → …


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