Environment, Territory and Society

Environment, Territory and Society

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The Research Group Environment, Territory and Society's main objective is to develop interdisciplinary research and critical analysis of the dynamics, social, territorial and governance underlying socioecological challenges and the transition paths to more just and sustainable societies. It brings together researchers with backgrounds in sociology, geography, planning, anthropology and history, among others.


The three main lines of research are:

- CLIMATE CHANGE, focusing on local mitigation and adaptation, its anthropogenic causes, social representations and socioecological and political implications. The involvement of stakeholders and communities is promoted in order to foster processes of social learning and self-organization in matters such as coastal erosion, water management and risk perception. Also addressed are the social and cultural aspects of energy: uses, acceptance of technologies, energy poverty, and transformative energy practices.

- FOOD, focusing on food security, sustainable food consumption, urban food planning and agro-food practices. Innovative approaches to food insecurity focused on access and consumption and on the design and implementation of sustainable food strategies in urban areas are addressed.

- URBAN TRANSITIONS, through research aimed at understanding the factors underlying the current socioeconomic and ecological crises and for promoting public debate and political change. It focuses on the analysis of the obstacles to change towards fair and sustainable urban futures that prevail in worldviews, epistemological preferences, and problems.


Research in the ATS GI is often done in collaboration with researchers from other scientific areas outside the social sciences and in international partnerships. Projects funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology and the European Commission, as well as several other public and private entities, both for profit and non-profit, are being developed. Members of the GI take part in the Interdisciplinary Thematic Networks and in College F3 Food Farming Forestry of ULisboa.


The RG ETS is involved in several ICS advanced training courses, with emphasis on the Doctoral Program in Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies, the Doctoral Program in Sociology: Knowledge for Open and Inclusive Societies, the Doctoral Program in Development Studies, and the Doctoral Programme in Sustainability, as well as Summer Schools. The GI has an important dissemination tool, OBSERVA Observatory of Environment, Territory and Society, which promotes training actions and seminars on policies and publish policy and research briefs and a blog, as well as a range of other knowledge dissemination activities to stakeholders and non-academic stakeholders (central and local government, schools, NGOs, companies, etc.)

Environment, Territory and Society
Mon . 10 Sep . 09h30 to Fri . 14 Sep . 17h30
Sala Polivalente
GI Seminars
Environment, Territory and Society
Fri . 21 Sep . 10h00
Sala Polivalente
Gil Penha-Lopes, João Mourato, David Avelar, Luísa Schmidt, Luís Pereira, Inês CamposKent Queener e Yara Gutkin
Thematic Cycles and Seminars
Environment, Territory and Society
Tue . 19 Feb . 14h30 to 17h00
Sala 3 | ICS-ULisboa
Tulumello, S.(2017)Fear, Space and Urban Planning: a Critical Perspective from Southern Europe, pp.131SpringerOnline[Author Book]
Liz, M.(2016)Euro-visions: Europe in Contemporary Cinema, pp.200Bloomsbury Academic[Author Book]
Keller, K.Halkier, B.Wilska, T.-A.Truninger, M.(2017)Routledge Handbook on Consumption, pp.488Routledge. Taylor & FrancisOnline[Editor Book]
Truninger, M.Miele, M.Higgins, V.Bjørkhaug, H.(2017)Transforming the Rural: Global Processes and Local Futures Vol. 24, Research in Rural Sociology and Development, pp.382EmeraldOnline[Editor Book]
Ferrão, J.Delicado, A.(2017)Portugal Social em Mudança. Retratos Municipais, pp.76Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de LisboaOnline[Editor Book]
Tulumello, S.Inch, A.Bina, O.(2017)Transformative Knowledge for an era of Planetary Urbanization? Questioning the role of social sciences and humanities from an interdisciplinary perspective. [Position paper], pp.14N.A.Online[Minutes]
Delicado, A.Rowland, J.Fonseca, S.Almeida, A. N. deSchmidt, L.Ribeiro, A. S.(2017)Children in Disaster Risk Reduction in Portugal: Policies, Education, and (Non) ParticipationInternational Journal of Disaster Risk Science Vol. 8, 3, pp.246-257SpringerOnline[Jounal Article]
Horta, A.Carvalho, A.Schmidt, L.(2017)The Hegemony of Global Politics. News Coverage of Climate Change in a Small CountrySociety and Natural Resources Vol. 30, 10, pp.1246-1260Taylor and FrancisOnline[Jounal Article]
Alves, S(2017)Conflitos institucionais no âmbito da Capital Europeia da Cultura Porto 2001 [Institutional conflicts in the context of the European capital of culture Porto 2001]Finisterra: Revista Portuguesa de Geografia Vol. 52, 104, pp.39-56Centro de Estudos Geográficos do Instituto de Geografia e Ordenamento do Território da Universidade de LisboaOnline[Jounal Article]
Inch, A.(2018)'Cultural Work' and the Remaking of Planning's Apparatus of Truth. In : Michael Gunder, Ali Madanipour and Vanessa WatsonThe Routledge Handbook of Planning Theory, pp.194-206Routledge.Taylor and FrancisOnline[Book Chapter]
Miele, M.Truninger, M.Higgins, V.Bjørkhaug, H.(2017)Introduction. In :  Terry Mardsden, Mara Miele, Vaughan Higgins, Hilde Bjokhaug, Monica Truninger (Eds.)Transforming the Rural. Global Processes and Local Futures Vol. 24, Research in Rural Sociology and Development Emerald PublishingOnline[Book Chapter]
Figueiredo, E.Delicado, A.(2018)Energias renováveis e desenvolvimento local em Portugal. Uma nova forma de subalternizar os territórios rurais? Vol. 2, In Ana I. Miranda, Myriam Lopes, Luís Tarelho, Filomena Martins, Peter Roebeling, Margarida Coelho, João Labrincha (Eds.), Ambiente e Direitos Humanos: Conferência Internacional de Ambiente em Língua Portuguesa, XX Encontro da Rede de Estudos Ambientais , pp.329-341Universidade de AveiroOnline[Minutes]