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Marina Schenkel

PhD Candidate, Political Science


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I am a Ph.D. student in Political Science at TCD. I hold an MSc in Social Data Analytics from University College Dublin (UCD). I obtained a Master's and a Bachelor's degree in Public Policy from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS, Brazil). I have previously worked as a public policy analyst at the Health State Department of Rio Grande do Sul and as Research Intern at UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy.

Doctoral Thesis Summary

My research currently focuses on why some governments have chosen to contradict mainstream scientific recommendations when tackling a serious public health emergency such as the COVID-19 pandemic.  I am investigating whether sceptic responses are more present in countries with populist leadership and how the public supports and engages with populist communication on social media during health emergencies. 

Research interests

Public policy, science scepticism, health policy, political communication, and computational methods


Schenkel MA, Côrtes SV. Is it possible to reduce health inequalities? A regionalized analysis of Brazil. Sanare (Sobral, Online). 2021; 20(2):17-25. [Portuguese]

Schenkel, Marina do Amaral. How the State Acts on Public Health Systems: the Case of the Brazilian Unified Health System. SOCIOLOGIES IN DIALOGUE, v. 4, p. 53, 2018. ISSN: 2447-2670.

Research article at “Facing an infodemic: How Ireland has communicated evidence-informed responses to COVID-19 on social media?” (co-authored with Dr. Valesca Lima). 2021. Available at: