Beatriz Lopes Buarque

Beatriz Lopes Buarque


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Beatriz Buarque is a journalist and PhD student who is investigating the circulation and legitimisation of alt-right conspiracy theories on digital media.

Based on the assumption that discourses, in digital environments, can be legitimised through authoritative performance and visibility, she is investigating how and why cultural Marxism, deep state, great replacement, and white genocide have been legitimised in online spaces.

Her project contributes to existing debates on critical security studies concerning digital political phenomena such as the alt-right and it also dialogues with existing efforts to understand the role played by affects in Politics and IR.

Beatriz is also the leading investigator of the independent research group MAFTI (Mapping the Far-right Truth Industry) and Founder of the award winner NGO Words Heal the World, which empowers young people to challenge hate speech and develop strategies to tackle extremism.

Research skills: qualitative analysis; multimodal critical discourse analysis; internet research; social media analysis; CrowdTangle, NVivo.

Research interests: critical security studies - political psychology - alt-right - conspiracy theories - multimodal critical discourse analysis

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, The Impact of the Internet on the 5th Wave of Terrorism, University of Westminster

16 Sept 201731 Aug 2018

Award Date: 9 Oct 2018

External positions

CEO and Founder, Words Heal the World

21 Jul 2017 → …

Areas of expertise

  • JZ International relations
  • alt-right
  • digital media
  • Conspiracy theories
  • JC Political theory
  • democracy
  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • multitude


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