Miguel Carmo

He has undergraduate studies in Environmental Engineering and an MSc degree in Landscape Ecology focused on the ecological and morphological patterns of wildfire spread in northern Portugal. He worked in Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau (2009-2013) and completed his PhD in 2018, in which he sought to reconstruct the change in cropping and soil fertility systems between the late 19th century and 1960 in Portugal. He has interdisciplinary experience of wildfires, forestry and agricultural change. His research is framed today by the historical study of modes of agricultural production between the early modern period and the 20th century.

Ana Isabel Queiroz

From my educational and professional experiences in the fields of Ecology, Nature Conservation and Environmental History, an interest in the construction of contemporary landscapes has emerged.  As both cause and consequence of this process, fires in rural areas, their materiality, life experiences and representations, reveal their crucial role in the social and environmental history of rurality itself. FIREUSES as an interdisciplinary project addresses that complexity inherent to multiple looks at science, politics and society, which I follow in recent years. I am graduated in Biology, PhD in Landscape Architecture, teacher in the NOVA FCSH – Department of Geography and Regional Planning, and researcher in the IHC – Institute of Contemporary History.

Frederico Ágoas

PhD in Sociology (2011), NOVA FCSH. He is currently a research fellow at the Interdisciplinary Center for Social Sciences, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (CICS.NOVA FCSH), under a research contract sponsored by FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia). He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). He works on historical sociology, the history of the human sciences and the sociology of knowledge. His current research interests comprise the history of empirical social research, modern state building and colonial science. He is a member of the ISA Research Committee on the History of Sociology (ISA RC08) and the Network for History of Empirical Social Research (NHESR). At CICS.NOVA he coorganizes the permanent research seminar Cultura, Ciência e Política em Portugal no Século XX.

Joana Sousa

Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies (University of Coimbra), her work has been situated at the intersection of ecology and anthropology – interdisciplinarity further developed in her doctoral studies and research in Guinea-Bissau and Kenya. She has been focused on topics related to mangrove rice and the effects of global warming in Guinea-Bissau in the context of an interdisciplinary project that crosses political science, ecology, and anthropology (MARGINS). Recently she became interested on the large wildfires in Portugal and  FIRESUSES allows her to discuss rural livelihoods, global economies and climate change through the history, memory and anthropology of fires.

José Ferreira

José Miguel Moura Ferreira BA in History (NOVA University of Lisbon, 2009) and MA in Modern History (NOVA University of Lisbon, 2011). Obtained his PhD in History at the Institute for Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ICS-ULisboa, ,2021) with a thesis on Portuguese colonial efforts to govern nature and people in the rugged and densely forested interior of Goa, between the late 18th century and the early 20th century. As a member of the FIREUSES team, his research is focused on the multiple interfaces between the state, the scientists and the natural environment around the problema of wildfires.

Marta Silva

PhD in Contemporary History with the thesis "The human smuggling to France and the intermediary figure in the portuguese rural communities (1957-1974)". Currently, she is researcher at the NOVA-FCSH Institute of Contemporary History. Her research privileges rural areas where we can observe the role of mediating agents within the power relations and the local social dynamics in relation with central and “peripherical” powers. The historical research, mainly based on qualitative methodologies (such as oral history), is in open dialogue with disciplines as anthropology or sociology. Like the FIREUSES project, she has participated in several multidisciplinary projects where moments of resistance, conflict and socio-spatial transformation can be analysed.

Francisco Moreira

Principal investigator of the research group ‘Biodiversity in Agricultural and Forest Ecosystems’, CIBIO Research Centre on Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, University of Porto, Portugal. Also member of the CIBIO pole at the Institute of Agronomy, University of Lisbon. Main current research topics include the environmental impacts of changing agricultural management in the Mediterranean and wildfire management. He was the Chair of COST Action FP0701 ‘Post-fire management in Southern Europe’ (2008-2012; with 22 participating countries) and the coordinator of the PHOENIX project centre of the European Forest Institute (2005-2012), a consortium of 25 research organizations carrying out research on fire ecology. Main editor of a book on fire ecology published in 2012 by Springer.

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