Verónica Policarpo

ICS-ULisboa, Portugal
Verónica is a research fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisboa (ICS-ULisboa), in the field of Human-Animal Studies. Her current research interests are focused on human-animal relationships and the construction of daily practices and bonds between human and non-human animals. She is interested in a more-than-human approach in which all living beings are considered as active stakeholders and collaborators in the co-construction of shared worlds. Currently, she explores this subject in two different topics: the relationships between children and companion animals; and the situation of non-human animals in disasters. At ICS-ULisboa, she coordinates, within this field of studies: the Human-Animal Studies Hub, with the support of the Animals & Society Institute and its International Development Award ;project “CLAN – Children-Animal’s Friendships: challenging boundaries between humans and non-humans in contemporary societies” (PTDC/SOC 28415/2017); project “Liminal Becomings: reframing human-animal relationships in disasters” (CEECIND/02719/2017); the International Summer School in Human-Animal Studies, a collaboration between ICS-ULisboa and the University of Westeros (Sweden); the post-graduate course “Animais e Sociedade”; the “Animal Wonder – Reading Group on Human-Animal Studies; and the Webinar “The Post-Human Animal”.





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Ana Nunes de Almeida

ICS-ULisboa, Portugal

Sociologist and a researcher at the ICS-ULisboa. Her favourite sicentific themes are: children and childhood, family and schooling, children and animals, new ethical dilemmas in the research with children. She is currently the chair of the Scientific Council at ICS-ULisboa and a member of the Directive Commitee of the RN04 Children and Childhood, European Sociological Asssociation).


Mónica Truniger

Researcher at ICS ULisboa

Sociologist t ICS-ULisboa. She has dedicated herself to research, teaching and science communication about social practices around food and meals, namely through research about food poverty, sustainable food consumption, and food habits of families with children. She has several publications on these themes, both by international and national publishers.


Vasco Ramos


Vasco Ramos (Lisbon, 1976), is a postdoctoral researcher, with a PhD in Sociology from the University of Lisbon. Among other interests, his research has focused on issues such as social inequality, class and mobility, and family sociology. More recently, he has focused on food, food practices and human-animal studies. Currently, he is a researcher at CLAN, conducting ethnographic work with children and pets, with interest in understanding how specific categorisations of non-human animals relate to food practices and preferences.

Since 2009 he has worked on several projects at ICS-UL, namely on a research project on family trajectories and social networks, coordinated by Karin Wall. Currently, he is part of the Life research group LIFE – Life Course, Inequality and Solidarities: Practices and Policies. He also collaborates with OFAP - Observatory of Families and Family Policies. As a postdoc researcher, he was part of the Portuguese team working on the ERC funded research project Families and Food in Hard Times. Since August 2017, he is developing a research project (based on an individual post-doctoral fellowship from the FCT) entitled Living with Uncertainty: Enduring Precariousness over the life course.


Teresa Líbano Monteiro

Investigadora Associada do ICS-ULisboa

Teresa Líbano Monteiro é doutorada em sociologia (ISCTE-IUL) (2007). Lecionou Teorias Sociológicas e Métodos de Investigação na Faculdade de Ciências Humanas da Universidade Católica Portuguesa (1993-2017). Em 2013, esteve no Centre Max Weber (Lyon- France) para desenvolver investigação na àrea dos Human-Animal Studies.


Marta Rosales

Researcher at ICS ULisboa

I am an anthropologist (PhD 2007) and a research fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon since 2014. My main fields of research are material culture and consumption, international migrations and media anthropology. Presently, I am PI of TRANSITS – Material Culture, Migration and Everyday Life


Research Assistant

PhD Research Fellowship Holder (FCT), ICS-ULisboa

Holds a bachelor’s degree in European Studies by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon and a master’s degree in Anthropology by ISCTE/UTAD. Worked as a research assistant on the project CLAN - Children-Animal's Friendships: challenging boundaries between humans and non-humans in contemporary societies” in the Institute of Social Sciences. Is a member of the Human-Animal Studies Hub, partaking in its activities and collaborating in the organization of events. Favorite research topics focus on the relations between humans and non-human animals. Is currently a PhD FCT fellowship holder (2020.05345.BD) in the OpenSoc Doctoral program in Sociology, with a project on the categorization that children make of non-human animals through their practices. e está a desenvolver uma tese sobre a categorização que as crianças fazem dos animais com quem se relacionam através das suas práticas.

Ricardo Santos

Ricardo R. Santos


Board-certified biologist. Degree in Biology by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FCUL). Complementary course in Philosophy by the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the New University of Lisboa (FCSH-NOVA). Attended several courses on Animal Behavior, Dog Cognition, Animal Welfare and Management of Animal Shelters (RSPCA, EFAW, CUAWIC/Cambridge University, Duke University, and University of Edinburgh). He worked voluntarily for more than a decade at a national animal rights NGO. Advanced education in Bioethics, Grief & bereavement, Qualitative methods, and Science communication. At this moment, he is concluding the Master in Science Communication, with a dissertation on strategic communication of science in health (FCSH-NOVA). Former investigator of the Center for Philosophy of Science of the University of Lisbon (FCUL), where he was member of the executive committee, the coordinating committee and assistant-head of the Philosophy of Life Science research group. He is now investigator of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon (FMUL), namely at the Environmental Health Institute, where he’s the head of the communication and image office and team member of the Environmental Health Behavior Lab, and at the Center for Bioethics. He has been invited lecturer in Ethics of Clinical Research at the Doctoral Programme of the Lisbon Academic Medical Centre. He is also co-coordinator of the Museu da Memória de Medicina (FMUL) and member of the working group on predatory publications appointed by the FMUL’s Dean. Consultant to the Academic Center of Study and Intervention on Grief and Bereavement (FMUL). Editorial Board Review member of the Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin, edited by the American Psychological Association.

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Rita Gouveia


Rita Gouveia is post-doc researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ICS-ULisboa). She has a BA in Social Psychology, a Master in Psychology of Education and Development, and a PhD in Sociology of Family, Gender, and Youth. Since 2014, she is member of the Executive Board of the RN13 Sociology of Families and Intimate Lives of the European Sociological Association and she was board member of the European Society of Family Relations (ESFR) between 2012 and 2018. Over the last decade, she has been strongly engaged in the development of theoretical and empirical research on families, personal networks, conjugalities, and life course at both national and international level. Another transversal dimension of her research interests is the permanent investment in innovative methodologies and complex datasets, such as social network analysis or longitudinal designs. She is currently investigating the changing meanings and practices of family in personal networks of gay men and lesbians in Portugal.


João Graça


PhD in Psychology (ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon, 2016), and is currently Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon (ICS-ULisboa), and Invited Assistant Professor at Faculdade de Ciências Humanas, Catholic University of Portugal (FCH-UCP). His main interest is researching transitions towards healthier and more sustainable consumption habits, with a main focus on plant-based diets. He is also interested in understanding the psychology of human exploitation/protection of non-humans and the natural environment.

Fernando Araújo

Fernando Araújo


Professor Catedrático da Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Lisboa

Lisa Mestrinho

Lisa Mestrinho


Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) by the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Technical University of Lisbon. University Specialist in Odontology and Maxillofacial Surgery by the Complutense University of Madrid. Master of Science (MSc) in Oncology by the Biomedical Sciences Institute Abel Salazar, University of Oporto. European Master of Small Animal Veterinary Medicine in Dentistry by the University of Luxembourg. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Veterinary Clinic by the University of Lisbon. Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry (FAVD). Since 2003, she has been dedicated to cat and dog clinics, in particular general surgery, oncological surgery, reconstructive surgery, oral surgery and odontology. She is assistant professor at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Lisbon, where she teaches in the area of medicine, surgery and anesthesiology. She is also the coordinator of the optional course Advanced studies on odontology and oral surgery in dogs and cats​. She is also a researcher at the Clinical Research Laboratory of the Interdisciplinary Research Center for Animal Health at the same faculty. She is responsible for the odontology and oral surgery of the Veterinary School Hospital. She was president of the European Veterinary Dental Society and is currently president of the Portuguese Small Animal Veterinary Association and elected member of the General Assembly of the Portuguese Veterinary Medical Association.

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Ana Horta


Ana Horta is research assistant at the University of Lisbon, Institute of Social Sciences (Portugal). She holds a PhD in Sociology from ISCTE-IUL (University Institute of Lisbon). Her main research interests are focused on social practices and representations related to energy transition, energy poverty, and media discourses on energy issues and climate change. She has also been interested in food, food insecurity, and human-animal relations. In the project “Between the school and the family: children´s food knowledge and eating practices” (2011-14) she analyzed the relations between children and animals. Recently, in her free time she has also been conducting research on dog walking. 


Luís Cordeiro-Rodrigues


Luís Cordeiro-Rodrigues Luis Cordeiro-Rodrigues is Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy of the Yuelu Academy, Hunan University. He holds a PhD from the University of York and has previously worked the University of York, University of Fort Hare and Sun Yat-sen University. He works in political philosophy and applied ethics, with a focuses on African and postcolonial theories. In the field of critical animal studies he focuses on two topics: a) Afrocentricity, ethnicity, multiculturalism and racism and their relation to animal movements and b) the philosophy of activism.  

Miguel Barbosa


Developmental and clinical psychologist, and psychotherapist. Phd in Psychology at Faculty of Psychology of the University of Lisbon. Master in Psychology (ISPA), Sociology of Health and Illness (ISCTE), Social and Cultural Anthropology (ICS-UL), and Bioethics (FML). Invited Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon. Postdoc researcher in the Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa. Researcher in Núcleo Académico de Estudos e Intervenção sobre o Luto/Centro de Bioética da FMUL

Rui Pedro Fonseca

Rui Pedro Fonseca 

Research Fellow

Rui Pedro Fonseca is a research fellow in Sociology of Culture, by CIES-IUL. His current research interests are centered on the representations of "food animals" displayed by the dominant culture, namely the educational system. There is also a particular interest in understanding the practices and attitudes of (human) individuals that deal with these animals, both in the context of animal exploitation and through the practices that involve their consumption. 
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Andrea Pavoni

Investigador de Pós-Doutoramento

Andrea Pavoni is post-doctoral researcher at DINÂMIA'CET ISCTE-IUL, University Institute of Lisbon. Drawing from various areas such as critical geography, urban studies, legal theory, sociology and philosophy, his research explores the relation between materiality, normativity and the urban from various interdisciplinary angles. Among his current interests, he is investigating the normative relation between animals and the city as it dramatically changes in the age of planetary urbanisation. Andrea is a fellow at the Westminster Law and Theory Lab, co-editor of the Law and the Senses Series(University of Westminster Press), and associate editor at the journal Lo Squaderno, Explorations in Space and Society. His book, Controlling Urban Events. Law, Ethics and the Material, is out with Routledge. 

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Leonor Galhardo


Leonor Galhardo is a biologist, with a Master’s degree in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare (Edinburgh University) and a PhD in Animal Science (University of Oporto), in the scope of which she published studies on fish psychological stress and welfare assessment. She worked for the General Directorate of Veterinary and Food (DGAV), being an animal welfare consultant for the last 20 years. Over this time she has developed fruitful cooperation activities with competent authorities, professional groups and international NGOs. The implementation and enforcement of legislation related to wild animals in captivity was one relevant focus of her technical activities in the scope of which the ‘EU Zoos Directive Good Practices’ was published. Animal welfare education is also a very important part of her career, having coordinated and taught in numerous animal welfare courses for students and animal-related professionals. She is a lecturer at ISPA-University Institute (Lisbon), where she teaches animal welfare related topics and runs a post-graduate course on animal welfare. 


Joana Catela

Pos-Doc Researcher

Joana Catela studied Social Anthropology at FCSH-Nova and Latin American Studies at Cambridge University. Between 2010 and 2011 she attended the post-graduate course “Health anthropology: cultural competence in clinical setting”. After a year working for the local administration, in 2018 he received a doctorate in Anthropology from ISCTE-IUL with the thesis “On the margins and in transit: mental health and good intentions in an IPSS on the outskirts of Lisbon”, based on intensive ethnographic fieldwork in a social housing neighborhood.

Between 2018 and 2019, she joined ICS-ULisboa as a postdoctoral researcher working for project “exPERts - Organizing planning knowledge: housing policy and the role of experts in PER”. She developed a multisited ethnographic investigation both in Cascais and Alta de Lisboa with former residents of the former neighborhoods and with the experts involved in their relocation.

Between July 2020 and February 2021, Joana Catela worked for “SPLACH - Spatial Planning for Change”, based at ISCTE -IUL, a research project focused on investigating the Lisbon Metropolitan Area food system, for which she developed a remote ethnography about food basket producers.

She has recently joined ICS-ULisboa to work as a post-doc researcher for project “CLAN - Children-Animals Friendships: challenging boundaries between humans and non-humans in contemporary societies”.

Her main research interests focus on issues related to medical and urban anthropology, immigration, mental health, housing, vulnerability and human-animal studies, topics on which she has published and participated in scientific conferences, both nationally and internationally.


Filipa Soares

Bolseira Pós-Doc

PhD in Human Geography from the University of Oxford and BA and MA in Anthropology from the New University of Lisbon. She is currently a researcher at ICS-ULisboa, within the “Project People and Fire”. Her research has been focused on human-wildlife relations and the social and biopolitical dimensions of nature conservation, in Portugal and the UK. She has also participated in a study about the representations of the Iberian wolf and birds in Portuguese literature (19th-21st centuries) and co-edited a publication about owls in Portuguese popular culture.


Clara Venâncio


Clara Venâncio graduated in Communication Design from the University School of Arts of Coimbra and concluded the first curricular year of the MA in Sound and Image with a specialization in Computer Animation from the Catholic University of Portugal. She holds a Master's Degree in Product Design from the Superior School of Arts and Design of Caldas da Rainha where she completed the thesis “Animal Dignity - Development of Habitats for Domestic Animals” and the prototypes “Domus Petra” and “Locus Turi". She attended the Post-Graduate course Animals & Society at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon and currently works as a Research Assistant in the CLAN project. She is interested in the interactions between humans, animals, and objects. Mainly in which way objects condition and affect the actions of humans and animals.

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