Sónia Matos is a lecturer in the School of Design as well as an Assistant Research Faculty at Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI). With a background in Product Design and Experience Design, she has directed her work towards the use of design-led research approaches to create platforms that promote new forms of cultural and environmental conservation and learning.
Sónia is on secondment, working at M-ITI, until December 2020. She will not be teaching undergraduate and taught post-graduate courses during this period.
Currently, Sónia is Principal Investigator for the 'Field Guide' project. Funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), this project is designed to contribute towards an improvement in the levels of scientific, conservation and environmental literacies amongst children and youth living in the Azores archipelago while combining place-based learning and mobile technology to foster active and meaningful learning experiences in the region. Through the design of a field guide, the project will offer a younger generation the opportunity to explore the natural world while raising awareness of one of Portugal's critical oceanic insular ecosystems. This project is developed in collaboration with the Azorean Biodiversity Group, University of the Azores.