Environment, Sustainability and Ethnography

Coordination: Amélia Frazão-Moreira and Paulo Mendes

The research group focuses on environmental issues through a wide and open approach that reintegrates nature and society as indivisible ontological elements. In fact, contemporary anthropology proposes the ecological (re)integration of the social: human and non-human, biotic and abiotic, as constitutive of life in the planet. Research interests on the interconnections between humans and their environment(s) range from the understanding of how hunter-gatherers map their territories to processes of adaptation to the current climate change, or to the study of the environmentalist movements. Sustainability and ethnography are proposed as political and methodological frameworks to stress the local/global interconnections.

This research group has four aggregative topics:

  • Social and cultural appropriations of biophysical environments: By approaching conceptions of nature and social practices, involving natural resources and the production of ecological knowledge;
  • The ideological fabrication of nature and biodiversity: By dealing with scientific and political productions of biodiversity and natural habitats, assessing the impacts on human individuals whose livelihoods are dependent on local ecosystems;
  • Interactions human/non-human: By studying the share of environments and the simultaneous use of natural resources by human and non-human animals, their interactions, behavioural and cognitive adaptations, and the conservation status of different species, with particular emphasis on primates;
  • Climate change, quotidian and global processes: By studying the factual consequences of climate change, how it is being perceived, and how humans are coping with it through processes of adaptation and resilience.

This research group is interested in carrying out this agenda in several contexts, namely Europe (especially Portugal) and Africa.

Ethnography has proved to be a very solid method for a profound and intricate approximation to peoples’ daily life and therefore for critical assessments on sustainability and environmental issues. The applied perspective is also informed by two main assumptions: anthropological knowledge must be shared with non-academic audiences in order to inform environmental policies, while creating dialogues with other scientific domains. Therefore interdisciplinarity is required, complementary to the ethnographic method, while reinforcing the connections and intersections between Cultural and Biological Anthropology.

Name Category
Adelina Gomes Domingues PhD students full members
Amélia Frazão Moreira Full members
Anna Likhman Associated researchers
Brian Juan O’Neill Full members
Fernando Florêncio Full members
Filipa Costa PhD students full members
Filipa Soares Associated researchers
Francisco Oneto Nunes Full members
Glauber Gusmão Associated researchers
Hannah Parathian Full members
Hellen Bersacola Associated researchers
Humberto Martins Full members
Isa Aleixo Pais PhD students full members
Joana Bessa Associated researchers
José Gurgo e Cirne Associated researchers
Kimberley Hockings Full members
Luís Silva Full members
Lurdes Nicolau Full members
Márcio Antonio Farias de Freitas PhD students full members
Margarida Lopes Fernandes PhD students full members
Maria Helena A. G. Marques Associated researchers
Nathalie Antunes Ferreira Associated researchers
Paulo Mendes Full members
Pedro Pereira da Silva Associated researchers
Pedro Prista Full members
Raan-Hann Tan Associated researchers
Raquel Maria Mendes Pereira PhD students full members
Roberta Cunha Associated researchers
Sandra Assis Full members
Sandra Xavier Full members
Sílvia Casimiro Associated researchers
Tânia Minhós Full members
Wilson Vieira Associated researchers
TitleTypeResearch groupStatusInfoLeading researcher
"When we're not in the map": configuration as strategy for sociospatial reading of favelaDoctoral researchEnvironment, Sustainability and EthnographyConcluded+Vânia Teles Loureiro
"Who is afraid of the big bad wolf?" - Natural heritage and tourism in Peneda Geres National ParkDoctoral researchEnvironment, Sustainability and EthnographyOngoing+Filipa Costa
A social-ecological study of human-plant interactions among Nalú and Bijagó communities in Guinea-Bissau, West AfricaPost-doctoral researchEnvironment, Sustainability and EthnographyOngoing+Hannah Parathian
After nature or after culture? Climate change, culture and interconnectionsPost-doctoral researchEnvironment, Sustainability and EthnographyConcluded+Paulo Mendes
Among predators: relationships with nature during Iberian lynx reintroductionDoctoral researchEnvironment, Sustainability and EthnographyOngoing+Margarida Lopes Fernandes
An ethnography at the margins: turtles, tourists and environmental conservation in Goa, IndiaDoctoral researchEnvironment, Sustainability and EthnographyOngoing+Raquel Maria Mendes Pereira
Between eucalyptus and mud: ontological conflicts on the Capixaba north coastDoctoral researchEnvironment, Sustainability and EthnographyOngoing+Márcio Antonio Farias de Freitas
Bone mattersNational projectPractices and Politics of CultureOngoing+Francisca Alves Cardoso
Characterization and commercialization of the Japanese clam: value chain of harvesting and market potential in PortugalCommissionedEnvironment, Sustainability and EthnographyConcluded+Amélia Frazão Moreira
Chimpanzee tool-use in Guinea-Bissau and behavioural complexityNational projectEnvironment, Sustainability and EthnographyConcluded+Kimberley Hockings
Coexistence and competition between wild chimpanzees and villagers in West AfricaPost-doctoral researchEnvironment, Sustainability and EthnographyConcluded+Kimberley Hockings
Contesting the wild: nature, rewilding, conservationists and local communities in a changing EuropeDoctoral researchEnvironment, Sustainability and EthnographyOngoing+Filipa Soares
Evaluation of population attitudes in lynx reintroduction areas and associated key themes in Portuguese territoriesCommissionedEnvironment, Sustainability and EthnographyConcluded+Amélia Frazão Moreira
Funerary anthropology and paleobiology of Portugueses post-medieval populations: Nossa Senhora da Anunciada and Espírito SantoDoctoral researchEnvironment, Sustainability and EthnographyConcluded+Nathalie Antunes Ferreira
Gastronomies and identity: tourism, sea and dining in SesimbraDoctoral researchEnvironment, Sustainability and EthnographyOngoing+Pedro Pereira da Silva
Gente e touros: interanimalidade, animais humanos e animais não-humanos na produção do toro de lide em PortugalDoctoral researchEnvironment, Sustainability and EthnographyOngoing+Glauber Gusmão
Hydroelectric power plants and tourism: the case of the Alqueva damPost-doctoral researchEnvironment, Sustainability and EthnographyOngoing+Luís Silva
In order not to miss the 'inço': practices, discourses and conflicts around the seed guardDoctoral researchEnvironment, Sustainability and EthnographyConcluded+Maria Helena A. G. Marques
Interrelationship between human beings and the environment: fishermen and fisheries in SeixalDoctoral researchEnvironment, Sustainability and EthnographyOngoing+Adelina Gomes Domingues
Landscapes of risk: a cross-disciplinary approach to examine the sustainability of human-chimpanzee coexistenceResearcher contractEnvironment, Sustainability and EthnographyOngoing+Kimberley Hockings
Landscapes of risk: a cross-disciplinary approach to examine the sustainability of human-chimpanzee coexistenceNational projectEnvironment, Sustainability and EthnographyOngoing+Kimberley Hockings
Live bait: annelida polychaeta as live bait in Portugal - management of harvesting, import and cultivation (analysis of the value chains of the seaworm industry in Portugal)CommissionedEnvironment, Sustainability and EthnographyConcluded+Amélia Frazão Moreira
Memory and identity: the paintings of the "moliceiros" boats: tradition as invention, power showing and touristic marketingDoctoral researchEnvironment, Sustainability and EthnographyOngoing+José Gurgo e Cirne
Nature heritage making and tourism in Portugal: case studies from the Azores and the Peneda-Gerês National ParkPost-doctoral researchEnvironment, Sustainability and EthnographyConcluded+Luís Silva
Por-Tugu-Ese? The Protestant Tugu community of Jakarta, IndonesiaDoctoral researchEnvironment, Sustainability and EthnographyConcluded+Raan-Hann Tan
Portuguese Eurasians of MalaccaIndependentEnvironment, Sustainability and EthnographyOngoing+Brian O'Neill
Promoting chimpanzee conservation in Guinea-Bissau, West AfricaInternational projectEnvironment, Sustainability and EthnographyConcluded+Kimberley Hockings
RELY - Renewable energy and landscape qualityNetworkEnvironment, Sustainability and EthnographyOngoing+Michael Roth (Nuertingen-Geislingen University)
Shape-shifting nature in a contested landscape in Guinea-BissauDoctoral researchEnvironment, Sustainability and EthnographyConcluded+Joana Vaz de Sousa
Socio-technical consensus and controversies about renewable energiesNational projectEnvironment, Sustainability and EthnographyConcluded+Ana Delicado (ICS-UL)
The local impact of renewable energy technologies: an anthropological study about the photovoltaic solar power plants in PortugalPost-doctoral researchEnvironment, Sustainability and EthnographyConcluded+Luís Silva
The use of plants by humans and non-human primates in altered landscapes: diet flexibility or local adaptation?Doctoral researchEnvironment, Sustainability and EthnographyOngoing+Isa Aleixo Pais
Where humans and chimpanzees meet: assessing sympatry throughout Africa using a multi-tiered approachNational projectEnvironment, Sustainability and EthnographyConcluded+Kimberley Hockings