A CLAN for Human-Animal Studies? Opportunities and challenges of establishing the field – Part 3 

By: Verónica Policarpo

**A versão portuguesa dos 3 posts pode ser consultada aqui.

This is the last post of a series of three in which I proposed myself to reflect upon the main opportunities and challenges implied in the establishment of the field of Human-Animal Studies (HAS) in Portugal, and the role of the HAS-Hub in that process. In the first part, I recollected the strengths of international networks and funding. In the second part, I dived into the powers of connecting in our own mother tongue. Finally, in this third and last post, I will shortly discuss the major threats that, from my point of view, the HAS-Hub may face in the near future, as well as the emerging opportunities.

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A CLAN for Human-Animal Studies? Opportunities and challenges of establishing the field in Portugal – Part 2

Por: Verónica Policarpo

**A versão portuguesa dos 3 posts pode ser consultada aqui.

For the last four years, the Human-Animal Studies Hub (hereafter, HAS-Hub) has brought together scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds and institutions, under a common interest: the critical appraisal of the multiple and systemic ways through which humans have exploited nonhuman animals, and an ethical commitment to contribute to diminish their suffering. In this post, I resume the reflection initiated here about this process. In the first part, I leaned over the rising strengths of international networks and collaborations, as well as the angular role of funding to foster research, training and dissemination. In this second part, I wish to highlight – and honour – the power of connecting and working in our mother tongue. Building a HAS network that speaks, not only but also, in Portuguese is a major mission of the HAS-Hub. I will try to show the role of post-graduate education in this process, in particular the post-graduate course Animais e Sociedade. This reflection will not end today, though. In a future third and last part, I will highlight what are, from my point of view, the major threats that the HAS-Hub faces in the near future, as well as emerging opportunities.

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A CLAN for Human-Animal Studies? Opportunities and challenges of establishing the field in Portugal – Part 1

By: Verónica Policarpo

**A versão portuguesa dos 3 posts pode ser consultada aqui.

Three sociologists meet at a conference in Athens

In September 2017, the congress of the European Sociological Association was held in legendary Athens. It was a very hot day, and as it happens to me often, my presentation was on the very last day of the conference, on the very last time slot, late in the day. Feeling all the tiredness that comes after a long week of one of these big conferences, I headed to the venue early in the morning, after a sleepless night. I had browsed the conference program several times, looking for presentations that had the word “animal”, or any other related, in the title or abstract. I had found only three. One of them was exactly on the very same panel, and the very same day, in which I was going to present my own work. Moreover, it was about a topic very dear to me: death and mourning for a companion animal.

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Second Edition of the Lisbon Early-Career Workshop in Urban Studies 2022

By: Luisa Rossini

The Urban Transitions Hub (as part of the SHIFT research group) hosted, from the 23rd to the 25th of November 2022, at ICS-ULisboa, the second edition of the Lisbon Early-Career Workshop in Urban Studies, with the support of the AESOP Young Academics Network. 16 PhD students and early-career scholars from all over Europe and abroad gathered for the opportunity to present and discuss their research projects and/or findings during a 3-day event organized as a space of exchange, debate and learning. The topic for this second edition was “Social Mobilisations and Planning through Crisis.”

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Screening the Precarious Spaces of Home Across Europe

By: Anna Viola Sborgi

On September 19, 2022, a public screening entitled Espaços Precários da Habitação na Europa – Precarious Homes Across Europe took place at ICS-ULisboa. The screening showcased work of four emerging women filmmakers: Ayo Akingbade’s Dear Babylon (2019, United Kingdom), Leonor Teles’s Cães que Ladram aos Pássaros (2019, Portugal), Laura Kavanagh’s No Place (2019, Ireland and United Kingdom) and Margarida Leitão’s Gipsofila (Portugal, 2015). After watching the films, filmmaker Margarida Leitão and researchers Roberto Falanga and Mariana Liz joined me in an interdisciplinary conversation on cities, their inhabitants, gentrification and film. Members of the audience, which included participants in the Cinema e Ciências Sociais Summer School that was taking place at ICS-ULisboa in those very days, also asked questions and contributed to the discussion.

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De qué hablamos cuando hablamos de Sociología Ambiental

Por: Antonio Aledo

Estoy realizando una estancia académica en el Instituto de Ciencias Sociales de la Universidad de Lisboa en el equipo de investigación liderado por la Dra. Luisa Schmidt y con el apoyo de la Dra. Carla Gomes. Esta estancia está financiada por el Ministerio de Universidades del Gobierno de España dentro del Programa de Estancias de Movilidad de Investigadores en Centros Extranjeros. La preparación de un manual de sociología ambiental es uno de los objetivos principales de esta estancia. En los próximos párrafos resumo los principios fundamentales sobre los que se ha construido la sociología ambiental, que van a dirigir los contenidos de este manual.

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Co-Produção: A Inteligência Humana ao Serviço das Nossas Cidades

Por: Diogo Martins

Estamos sempre a falar em cidades mais inteligentes, com sensores, inteligência artificial, com software que irá gerir tudo ao pormenor, com tecnologia que nós, hoje, não conhecemos. Mas em que medida toda esta tecnologia traz benefícios às pessoas que habitam e frequentam as cidades? E estaremos a tirar partido da inteligência dessas pessoas para melhorar as nossas cidades?

A minha proposta é explorarmos formas de voltar às pessoas, sem deixarmos de evoluir e usar tecnologia. A co-produção é ainda pouco utilizada no nosso dia-a-dia e por isso não vemos efeitos práticos disso nas nossas cidades com a frequência que é desejável.

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Participatory Rural Appraisal for the municipality of Odemira – The characterisation of a rural environment

Por: Kaya Schwemmlein , Lanka Horstink & Miguel Encarnação

Source: Project logo.

Drawing upon the challenge of creating inclusive, regenerative, and sustainable food systems, it is very important to address not only questions related to sustainable agricultural practices, but also issues regarding power asymmetries that can be found along the supply chain.

The European Union (EU), in its “Farm to Fork Strategy”, maintains that it is vital to “preserve affordability of food while generating fairer economic returns, fostering competitiveness of the EU supply sector and promoting fair trade”. Nonetheless, several studies, journalistic pieces and other EU documents (such as the EU´s Inception Impact Assessment) have already clearly acknowledged the existing challenge of imperfect competition : one that creates disparities in market power across the entire food chain, from production to retail.

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Uma análise crítica da inovação na Agricultura 4.0

Por: Lanka Horstink

A inovação tecnológica tem ganho preponderância enquanto solução principal para os problemas da sustentabilidade da agricultura. O conceito “Agricultura 4.0” reúne abordagens como a agricultura de precisão, agricultura inteligente, agricultura digital, agricultura vertical, e bioeconomia sustentadas em tecnologias recentes como a robótica, inteligência artificial, blockchain, internet das coisas, edição genética, proteínas sintéticas e nanotecnologia.

A Agricultura 4.0, enquanto expoente de uma 4ª revolução industrial, pretende uma “fusão de tecnologias que esbate as linhas entre as esferas física, digital e biológica.” São exemplos desta fusão, a biologia sintética que faz crescer carne a partir das células estaminais extraídas dos fetos de vacas e os organismos geneticamente modificados pela tecnologia CRISPR/Cas, que promete rapidez, facilidade e custos reduzidos na eliminação/alteração de genes indesejados. Estas tecnologias só foram possíveis graças aos avanços na computação que permitem, por exemplo, descodificar e digitalizar genomas inteiros numa questão de dias.

Foto de James Baltz no site Unsplash
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Lisboa verde oriental – entre parques, hortas e corredores verdes

Por: David Travassos

Foto 1 – A zona oriental de Lisboa oferece uma coleção diversificada, e até surpreendente, de lugares e áreas verdes (exemplo do Parque do Vale do Silêncio). Fotografia do autor.

A zona oriental de Lisboa oferece uma colecção diversificada, e até surpreendente, de lugares e áreas verdes propícias ao lazer e contacto com a natureza em espaço urbano. São múltiplos ambientes, alguns ainda pouco conhecidos pela maioria dos lisboetas, incluindo lugares marcados pelas memórias do passado rural que caracterizou este lado da cidade até meados do século XX. Este território tem vindo a beneficiar da abertura de uma série de novos espaços verdes, parques hortícolas, ciclovias e percursos pedonais, incluindo a requalificação ambiental e paisagística de áreas degradadas. Somam-se ainda novos quiosques e esplanadas, parques infantis, equipamentos e circuitos de manutenção, que possibilitam um melhor usufruto destas áreas.

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