Beatriz Caitana


Biography

Beatriz is a sociologist and researcher at the Centre for Social Studies (CES) of the University of Coimbra (UC, Portugal). She is currently a member of the scientific coordination of the H2020 project URBiNAT, which focuses on the inclusive urban regeneration of social housing neighbourhoods of 7 European cities through the implementation of nature-based solutions in the public space, as a result of a co-creation process involving municipalities, stakeholders and the population of the intervention areas. She is also a member of CES' study group on solidarity economy. PhD student at FEUC, her academic research focuses on alternative economies, namely social and solidarity economy, social incubation and co-production initiatives. Previously collaborated in the project PATHS - Youth for Solidarity Economy and Entrepreneurship in Europe, supported by the Erasmus + program, as well as in the Social Innovation Platform (PIS), supported by the Compete Programme and POA FSE/FCT. She is a founder member of the academic social incubator of the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra (FEUC), and visiting professor in social and solidarity economy at the Polytechnic of Leiria (Portugal). Her professional background and areas of expertise also include the coordination of projects for national and international non-for-profit organizations in Brazil, dedicated to the promotion and defense of children and adolescents' rights in various contexts, such as urban, indigenous and quilombola communities, as well as the development of social indicators, frameworks and tools for the the monitoring and evaluation of public policies for children. As a result, Beatriz's academic and professional profile focuses both on social and solidarity economy, co-production, universities and incubation initiatives, and on childhood sociology, public policies and children's rights.