Joana Sousa


Biography

Working in different socioenvironmental contexts, and in the intersection between ecology and anthropology, has influenced my approach and directed me towards a more interdisciplinary framework. I have a bachelor in Environmental Biology (University of Lisbon), followed by a PhD in Social Anthropology (Oxford Brookes University) and a post-doctorate in Geography (University of Geneva). I gathered international research experience in Ecuador, Mauritania, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya and Portugal. I have deepened my experience in ethnographic research between late 2009 and 2013 while collecting data in rural Guinea-Bissau for my PhD research. My dissertation is entitled "Shape-shifting nature in a contested landscape in Guinea-Bissau", and includes sections on local livelihoods, cosmologies and oral history, perceptions of risk, local understandings of nature and nature conservation, and non-humans in witchcraft and magic. More recently my research interests also include knowledge interfaces, technology networks and farmers' adaptation to climate change (Kenya and Guinea-Bissau), particularly regarding mangrove rice farming in Guinea-Bissau. I taught at universities in Guinea-Bissau and was involved in the production of a collaborative documentary with farmers in southern Guinea-Bissau, Maboan.


Latest Publications

Article in Scientific journal

Carmo, Miguel; Sousa, Joana; Varela, Pedro; Ventura, Ricardo; Bivar, Manuel (2020), "African knowledge transfer in Early Modern Portugal: Enslaved people and rice cultivation in Tagus and Sado rivers", Diacronie Studi di Storia Contemporanea, 44, 4, 45-66

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Sousa, Joana; Rodrigues, Paulo; Basch, Gottlieb (2020), "Social categories and agency within a Conservation Agriculture framework in Laikipia, Kenya", International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, 18, 6, 554-566

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Sousa, Joana; Luz, Ana Luísa (2018), "'The tides rhyme with the moon': The impacts of knowledge transmission and strong spring tides on rice farming in Guinea-Bissau", Human Ecology, 46, 2, 147-157

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