Rita Faria is an Assistant Professor at the School of Criminology - Faculty of Law of the University of Porto. She was a founding member and Director (2020-2024) of the Interdisciplinary Research Center on Crime, Justice and Security - CJS. She is the Director of the only PhD program in Criminology in Portugal.
She holds a PhD in Criminology, an MA in Sociology and a Degree in Law. She has been actively researching and publishing on matters such as environmental crimes and Green Criminology, as well as white-collar crime, financial, corporate and occupational crimes, including research misconduct. She has extensive experience in supervising dissertations and theses, both on white-collar and environmental crimes, as well as in gendered issues in Criminology, and has been teaching at the Undergraduate and Masters program in Criminology of the University of Porto as well as in Doctoral Schools and research seminars in other European universities.
She is Editor in Chief of "Criminology in Europe", the European Society of Criminology newsletter, and a Board member of the same society. She is President of the European Working Group on Organizational Crime (EUROC) and, until recently, was one of the founders and board member of the Working Group on Qualitative Research Methodologies and Epistemologies (WG-QRME) - both working groups of the European Society of Criminology.
Currently, Rita Faria is part of the Editorial Board of Crime, Law & Social Change and of Qualitative Criminology. She was co-editor of collective books such as "European White-Collar Crime", published by Bristol University Press, and "Qualitative Methods in Criminology", published by Springer.
In 2023 her research profile was highlighted by Centro Ciência Viva as one of the 101 female Portuguese scientists. She has been PI, co-PI or member of multiple funded research projects. More recently, she has been part of an international team awarded by the Volkswagen Foundation to conduct research on "Predatory publishing practices: Paper tigers or actual threats from evaluation systems?"