Maria began her postgraduate studies in the Design Department at Goldsmiths in 2012. She is pursuing practice-based research on visual production, inside and outside the Design field, and its migration and democratisation within a digital and political frame. In this context she is exploring how individual citizens can interfere and extend the production of design towards re-politicisations and political alienation during the current Portuguese financial (and social) crisis. Maria chose to conduct her research at Goldsmiths as it offers new methodologies and critical views drawn from a range of disciplines, including the social sciences as well as visual cultures. Previous to her studies at Goldsmiths, Maria worked as a designer and completed her Masters in Urban Space at the School of Arts and Design in Oporto, Portugal. Here, she investigated contemporary approaches to experience and social participation within suburban systems. Maria continues to work as a freelance designer with academic communities and collaborative projects focusing on communication and isolation in the city of London.