BIOGRAPHY: Débora Póvoa

PhD Candidate

Débora Póvoa is a PhD candidate and lecturer in the Department of Arts and Culture Studies at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her PhD research is part of the ERC-funded project ‘Worlds of Imagination’. Her subproject analyses the phenomenon of film tourism in Brazil. Under the supervision of Prof. Stijn Reijnders, her goal is to understand in which ways media products can induce new tourism flows, and how the relationship between cinema and tourism is reflected on discursive, institutional and experiential levels.

Research Project

Through interviews with local stakeholders in different regions of the country, Débora’s project unveils the power negotiations in film tourism practices between film producers, policymakers and residents, and how these actors perceive, evaluate and reflect upon the benefits and challenges that these practices might bring to their communities.

Research Background

Débora also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. Her research interests include film tourism, media representation, and the relationships between media, power and place.