Born in 1973 in Paço de Arcos. She is a sociologist and was granted a PhD by the Social Sciences Institute of the University of Lisbon (ICS-UL) in 2006. Formerly, she was a junior research fellow at the Observatory of Sciences and Technologies (1997-2001) and at ICS-UL (2002-2005) and a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC -European Commission, Seville, 2006) and at ICS-UL (2007-2009). She was a visiting fellow at ias-sts Institute of Advanced Studies on Science Technology and Society (Graz) in 2013/14.
She specialises in social studies of science. She is currently a research fellow at ICS-UL and vice-coordinator of Observa. She teaches at the PhD Programme in Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies (link), the PhD Programme on Sociology OpenSoc (link), and the Master in Scientific Culture and Science Dissemination (link). She is very active in the public engagement with social sciences.
She was a member of the Scientific Council of ICS between 2014-2018. She is a member of the Portuguese Sociological Association (currently member of the Advisory Board; member of the coordination team of the Section Knowledge Science and Technology between 2014-2018), the European Sociological Association (member of the Executive Board of RN 24 Science and Technology)) and EASST European Association of Studies of Science and Technology. She was a national delegate at the COST Action TU 1401 "Renewable Energy and Landscape Quality (RELY)" (link).
She is a member of the permanent council of Imprensa de Ciências Sociais, of the Scientific Committee of MIDAS - Museus e Estudos Interdisciplinares and of the Reading Committee of O Arqueólogo Português. She received an award from the Portuguese Associaiton of Museology in 2009.
Ongoing research projects
Coordinator (of the Portuguese team)
PEARLS Planning and Engagement Arenas for Renewable Energy Landscapes (fiunding H2020-MSCA-RISE-2017) link
CONCISE Communication role on perception and beliefs of EU Citizens about Science (funding H2020-SwafS-2018-1)
PERSIST Knowledge, beliefs, Perceptions about Science of European Students (funding Erasmus +)
RIVEAL RIver and riparian forest Values and Ecosystem services in uncertain freshwater futures and Altered Landscapes (funding FCT, coord. Francisca Aguiar, ISA ULisboa)
TERRYER Sostenibilidad Territorial del Moderno Energético Bajo en Carbono, Territorios y Energías Renovables (funding Programa Estatal de I+D+i Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad, Ministerio de Economia, Industria y Competitividad, España; coord. María-José Prados, Univ. Sevilha)
Praxeología de la cultura científica (funding Programa Estatal de I+D+i Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad, Ministerio de Economia, Industria y Competitividad, España; coord. José Antonio López Cerezo, Univ. Oviedo)
COMPON Comparing Climate Change Policy Networks - link
SES Socio-Economic Studies on Fusion, funded by Eurofusion link
Previous research projects
2015 - 2018 CUIDAR Cultures of Disaster Resilience Among Children and Young People (H2020) (coordinator of the Portuguese team) link
2012-2014 Sociotechnical consensos and controversies regarding renewable energies, funded by FCT (PTDC/CS-ECS/118877/2010) - link
2010-2012 - SOCSCI Scientific Societies in Contemporary Science, funded by FCT (PTDC/CS-ECS/101592/2008) - link
2011 - Evaluation of Local Volunteering Centres, funded by Instituto da Segurança Social (Government)
2007-2009 - International mobility of Portuguese researchers, funded by a FCT post-doctoral grant - link
2002-2005 - Musealisation of science in Portugal, funded by a FCT doctoral grant
1997-1999 - Aids NGO in Portugal, funded by a FCT MPhil grant
2010-2013 The science, clinic, and art of syphilis at Desterro (1897-1955), funded by FCT (HC/0071/2009) - link
2010-2013 CHANGE Changing Climate, Changing Coasts, Changing Communities - Glocal Erosions, Risk Conceptions and Sustainable Solutions in Portugal, funded by FCT (PTDC/CS-SOC/100376/2008) - link
2010-2013 Nuclear Portugal: Physics, Technology, Medicine and Environment (1910-2010), funded by FCT (HC/0063/2009)
2008-2014 Children and the Internet: uses and representations, family and school, funded by Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian - link
2003-2005 - New risks, technology and environment, funded by Instituto do Ambiente (Government) - link
2001 - Characterisation of social volunteering in Portugal, funded by Comissão Nacional para o Ano Internacional do Voluntariado