Filipa Soares (PhD) is an environmental anthropologist and cultural geographer whose research explores the politics of wildlife conservation and forest management and human-animal relations, in Portugal and the UK. She holds a BA and MA in Anthropology from the New University of Lisbon (NOVAFCSH), and a PhD in Geography and the Environment from the University of Oxford, funded by FCT and the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council, UK). Her thesis focused on the socio- and biopolitical implications of rewilding for the governance of forest disturbance regimes in the UK, paying particular attention to large herbivores as disturbance agents, namely deer, horses and pigs. Since January 2020, Filipa has been a research fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon (ICS-ULisboa), within the research project "People and Fire: Reducing Risk, Living with Risk". She is also an Academic Visitor at the School of Geography and the Environment, University of oxford. Past projects included research in Portugal on: the sociocultural dimensions of a possible reintroduction of wolves and birds of prey in a natural park (MA dissertation, for which she was granted a prize); attitudes towards renewable energies, namely wind farms (12 months research fellowship funded by the FCT); representations of wolves and birds in Portuguese literature since the 19th century (9 months research fellowship funded by the FCT); and representations of owls in Portuguese popular culture. She also participated in two international research projects: "Good germs, Bad germs" (University of Oxford) and "Climates of Migration" (Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC)). The later was part of an internship at the RCC (Munich, Germany), funded by the EU Leonardo da Vinci programme (currently ERASMUS+). She further collaborated with the RCC as a freelance proofreader and translator. Filipa has published 5 academic papers in peer-reviewed journals, co-authored 1 academic book ("Terras de Sol e de Vento", published by Imprensa de Ciências Sociais), and translated 2 issues of the online journal RCC Perspectives. Filipa has also published for a non-academic audience. She co-edited an open-access digital book about owls in Portuguese popular culture ("As Rapinas Nocturnas na Cultura Popular Portuguesa", published by Associação ALDEIA, STRI and Erithacus), wrote 2 short essays, by invitation, about birds in Portuguese literature for the online magazine "Wilder - Rewilding your days", and a short story about soundscapes of lockdown, with audio, for the online project "The Urban Field Naturalist". She is also a member of the Centre for Research in Anthropology (CRIA) and the Portuguese network for Environmental History (REPORT(H)A) and was a member of the IUCN's Commission on Ecosystem Management for the period 2017-2020.

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Full name
Filipa Ferreira Soares

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Knowledge fields

  • Social Sciences - Economic and Social Geography - Cultural Geograpphy
  • Social Sciences - Economic and Social Geography - Environmental Sciences
  • Social Sciences - Sociology - Anthropology
Degree Classification
DPhil (PhD) in Geography and the Environment (Doctor of Philosophy)
University of Oxford School of Geography and the Environment, United Kingdom

Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia, Portugal
"Governing disturbance regimes: Rewilding and the management of large herbivores in UK nature conservation" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
MA in Anthropology (Nature and Conservation) (Mestrado)
Universidade Nova de Lisboa Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Portugal
"Antropologia e conservação da natureza: o caso de uma possível reintrodução de espécies outrora emblemáticas no Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela (Portugal)" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
18/20 (Excellent)
BA in Anthropology (Licenciatura)
Universidade Nova de Lisboa Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Portugal