UK | Portugal
Nature conservation | Political ecology | Environmental anthropology
Filipa Soares holds a BA and an MA in Anthropology from FCSH-UNL, being a PhD candidate in the University of Oxford (School of Geography and the Environment) since October 2014. Her research explores the socio-cultural and political dimensions of nature conservation in the UK, with a specific focus on rewilding. For her master thesis, Filipa developed an ethnographic study around the possible reintroduction of species in a Portuguese Natural Park (Serra da Estrela). Prior to starting the PhD, she worked as a research assistant in the project "Socio-technical consensus and controversies about renewable energies" at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon. She was also a research assistant in the project "Atlas of Portuguese Literary Landscapes", based at the Institute of Traditional Literature Studies (FCSH-UNL), where she participated in a study about the literary representations of the Iberian wolf and birds in Portugal. She did an internship at the Rachel Carson Centre for Environment and Society, with whom she further collaborated as a translator. Her main research interests concern the sociocultural dimensions of nature conservation projects, as well as perceptions and uses of natural resources.