Staff profile

Dr Maria Urbina Montana


Senior Lecturer in Journalism/Programme Leader MA Journalism

Maria Urbina Montana presenting




College of Arts, Humanities and Education



Research centre

Identity, Culture and Representation Research Centre




Markeaton Street and Britannia Mill, Derby Campus



I am a senior Lecturer in Journalism at the University of Derby. My research interests focus on news media and Latin American politics, particularly social media, nationalism, and neoliberal change in Chile and the Southern cone. I have published articles that discussed the impact of media and memory as well as the neoliberal restructuring in Chile and the UK from a comparative perspective.

I have been working in the UK higher education for more than 8 years and I worked as a journalist for Chilean and Latin American outlets covering politics and economics.

Teaching responsibilities

I have taught both undergraduate and postgraduate students in the areas of digital media, news writing, data journalism, political communication, and public affairs as well as research methods. I also supervise PhD projects.

Professional interests

My works and research look at both the structure and agency of the news media in the Southern Cone as political institutions within a neoliberal framework. I am interested in developing an understanding of how news media agency shapes national and political identities as well as political cultures in a digital environment.  At the same time, I am personally interested in the recent developments of social media as a political tool.

Research interests

My research interests are news media and journalism, neoliberalism, national identities and migration in Latin America.

I am happy to supervise PhD projects in the following areas:

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Recent conferences

Experience in industry

Before moving into higher education, I worked as a journalist for more than ten years for Chilean news outlets such as El Mercurio de Valparaiso as well as other institutions. From 2011 to 2015, I covered political and economic affairs in Europe and the UK for the Latin American magazine America Economia, where my work was awarded the Prize for Economic Journalism for the Best Article in Economic News Magazines by the CAF-Development Bank of Latin America and Instituto de la Empresa in 2013.

Recent publications

Recent papers and book chapters:

Recent book reviews: