Dulce Freire (PhD) is research fellow at the Instituto de Ciências Sociais - Universidade de Lisboa (Institute of Social Sciences - University of Lisbon). She is the principal investigator of ReSEED, a project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) that aims to examine the changes in agriculture related to cultivated seeds, environment and human action since the 18th century. She has been researching on rural and agrarian history within Portuguese and Iberian contexts since the 90’s. Public policies and institutional frameworks, social movements, memory, technological innovation, and social change are the main topics related to her work.
Dulce Freire has a degree in History (1992) from the NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa). At the same university, she concluded the master (1998) - having the dissertation about wine production and consumption awarded with the Mário Soares Foundation History Prize (2000) - , and the PhD (2008), studying the impacts of the Green Revolution in Portugal.
Her publications consist of more than 100 articles or book chapters, and five books. The last one is An Agrarian History of Portugal, 1000-2000. Economic Development on the European Frontier (Brill, 2017). This collective book (co-edited with Pedro Lains) is the first published synthesis on the course of agriculture covering the whole history of Portugal.
Currently, Dulce Freire has teaching and coordination responsibilities in the PIUDHist PhD program and in the Sustainable Sciences PhD program, both including different Portuguese academic institutions. She is member of the Coordination Board from the College F3 – Food, Farming and Forestry, a transdisciplinary platform promoted by Universidade de Lisboa. Moreover, Dulce Freire integrates the direction board of the Associação Portuguesa de História Económica e Social and the Sociedade Portuguesa de Estudos Rurais. She also represents Portugal in the European Rural History Organization (EUHRO).
She was research fellow in the Institute of European Studies, University of California at Berkeley (2001) and visiting scholar in the École de Hautes Études en Science Sociales (2005), Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (2006), and School of Oriental and African Studies – University of London (2013). From 2006 to 2018, Dulce Freire has been chair (along with Anton Schuurman and Tim Soens) of the Rural History Network - European Social Science History Conference promoted by the International Institute of Social Science (Amsterdam, Netherlands).
In recent years she has been responsible for coordinating teams of various scientific projects related to changes in agriculture, food, society and public policy since the 19th century, bringing together researchers and students with different backgrounds such as History, Anthropology, Sociology, Geography and Architecture. The new ReSEED project has other research challenges, requiring the contributions of Biology, Agronomy and other areas of knowledge.
As well as throughout her trajectory, Dulce Freire seeks to develop innovative interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary historical approaches, using different theoretical and methodological tools that can be useful to establish links between written, material, oral and visual evidences.
Current research interests
Agriculture; agricultural systems and innovation; food; sustainability; agrobiodiversity; institutions; globalization.
Dulce Freire is available to be advisor of masters, doctoral and post-doctoral research with a transdisciplinary scope, exploring these themes in historical perspective.