Aurelio Fernández Zapico

Junior researcher at the research group for Media, Innovation and Communication Technologies, Department of Communication Sciences, Ghent University.



Social interactions
Interpersonal communication
Mobile communication
Quantitative research methods


Aurelio Fernández is currently doing a joint Ph.D. in Communication between Ghent University and the University of Navarre, Spain. He graduated in Engineering at the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile, in 2014 and in High School Pedagogy at the University of the Andes of Chile in 2018. As well as being part of mict, he is a member of the Youth in Transition Research Group at the Institute for Culture and Society in the University of Navarre.

His research focuses on understanding the role of digital media use in everyday life and society through quantitative methods. Using intensive longitudinal and Mobile DNA data, he currently studies how emerging adults' face-to-face and mediated social interactions leads to different social outcomes in specific contexts; how these associations vary across individuals according to their different personality traits; and what is the role of mobile use in social interactions.