Marta Costa

Autumn 2016 Fellow

Marta graduated in 2016 with a first class degree in International Relations with Spanish from the University of Birmingham. Her final year dissertation examined the power of language, discourse and popular culture in shaping perceptions of Brazilian favelas, negatively impacting the lives of those at the margins of society especially in the context of racism and “post-code” discrimination.

Beyond studying, she volunteered to improve the cleanliness of the student area, interned in fundraising at a charity and refuge for South Asian women, taught English abroad, translated an academic article and worked as a freelance interpreter. She has a passion for the history and politics of the Middle East, travelling and sustainable development. After living in Portugal, Brazil, France, Spain and the UK, Marta wishes to continue using her languages to foster community and international development through education and increasing awareness that diversity can bring great richness to our communities.