Mariana Pires de Miranda has a PhD in Social Psychology from ISPA-Instituto Universitário and the Università di Padova. Her thesis of 2014 is titled "On Low-Status groups: pervasiveness and boundaries of dehumanisation". It has a Social Psychology of Intergroup Relations frame and is concerned with the definition of conditions that promote or limit group favouritism and disadvantages of low-status groups.
Between 2013 and 2018, she was a project manager at the NGOD TESE, where she coordinated the project ORIENTA. TE SDR – E5G (promoted by the TESE; funded by the High Commissioner for Migrations and Municipality of Cascais), was the institutional representative in the consortium for the elaboration of the Municipal Plan for the Integration of Immigrants in Cascais (promoted by the Municipality of Cascais, funded by the European Fund for Integration of Third-country Nationals), the institutional representative in the consortium for the project Youth are Opening UP Europe! (Promoted by IDEA-NL, Erasmus + funding) and the institutional representative in the project Synergies ED: Know for better action – promotion of research on action in ED in Portugal (promoted by CEA – University of Porto, funding by Camões, Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, I.P).
Since 2006, she is an Invited Assistant Professor at ISPA-Instituto Universitário.
Since 2019, she is a research fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon, under the MILD project: The role of meritocracy in legal decisions towards members of low-status groups.
Keywords: Intergroup Relations; System justifying ideologies; Dehumanisation; Socially critical decisions; Low-status groups