Ana Teixeira de Melo


Ana Teixeira de Melo is a researcher at the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra. She holds a PhD in Psychology, speciality of Clinical Psychology by the University of Coimbra. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology (Licenciatura- 5 years) by the University of Porto with the pre-specialisation in Psychological Counselling and Youth and adults and she obtained her Masters in Clinical Psychology by the University of Minho. Her main focuses of research and practice include the Family and their Communities and the processes underlying flourishing and well-being, positive change and resilience, particularly in situation os multiple challenges. She explores processes associated to human complexity and positive development and change. In this context, she investigates, from a complex systems approach, Love-Force as a special emergent property of interpersonal relationships and a critical process associated with human flourishing, change, adaptation and resilience. She is interested in the theme of Complexity and the study of Complex Systems, in particular processes of change in social human systems. Her research interests encompass the development of evaluation of theoretical frameworks as well as pragmatic resources and strategies to support a Complex Thinking applied to the management of change in social systems. She has developed a practice of collaborative action-research and applied research focused on family development in community contexts and in the development of models, resources and tools for the evaluation and promotion of the potential for change (flourishing and well-being, positive change and resilience) and of positive parenthood in families, in general, and in multichalleged families with at-risk children, in particular. She is author of several family/parenting prevention programs such as "Searching Family Treasure" and "Travelling through lands of parenthood(s)" and of integrative approaches to support multichallenged families, such as the "Integrated Family Assessement and Intervention Model" Besides having a inter/transdisciplinary nature of her research is also focused on processes and practices associated to a positive Inter/Trandisciplinarity, adopting a relational and process-focused approach, informed by a complex systems approach. She is also interested in themes related to Interdisciplinary Methodologies and Methods and to the Philosophy of Sciences. She is associate of the York Cross-Disciplinary Centre for Systems Analysis, of the University of York, United Kingdom, where she was a visiting academic (2016-2018). She was a visiting academic in Department of Health Sciences (2017-2018), of the University of York, United Kingdom. Other websites:

Latest Publications

Book Chapter

Caves, Leo; Melo, Ana Teixeira de (2018), (Gardening) Gardening: A Relational Framework for Complex Thinking About Complex Systems, in R. Walsh, & S. Stepney (org.), Narrating Complexity. Springer International Publishing, 149-196

Read more

Book Chapter

Caves, Leo; Melo, Ana Teixeira de; Stepney, Susan; Uprichard, Emma (2018), Time will tell: Narrative expressions of time in a complex world., in R. Walsh, & S. Stepney (org.), Narrating Complexity. Springer, 269-284

Book Chapter

Melo, Ana Teixeira de (2018), Abducting, in C. Luria, P. Clough; M. Michael, R. Fensham, S. Lammes, A. Last & E. Uprichard (org.), Routledge Handbook of Interdisciplinary Research Methods. Routledge, 90-93