Fátima Alves is PhD in Sociology, Associate Professor at the Department of Social Sciences and Management at the Portuguese Open University (Universidade Aberta.
As a researcher she is integrated at the CFE – Centre for Functional Ecology, Science for People & the Planet, University of Coimbra, Coordinator of the Research Line Societies and Environmental Sustainability and Coordinator of the CFE Extension at the Portuguese Open University. This is a multidisciplinary group of research that integrates researchers and post-graduate students from natural sciences and social sciences. Its scientific production is concerned with the need to articulate different disciplinary perspectives that emphasise complementary dimensions of socio-environmental phenomena and sustainability. Her research work has focused on the Sociology of Environment; Sociology of Health and Illness and Mental Illness; Social Policy; Climate Change and Health; Gender and Health; Interculturalities, Health and Wellbeing; Environment and Society; Lay rationalities and Climate Change; Environment, Society and Culture; Governance of Social and Environmental Systems, Participation and Citizenship; Qualitative Methodologies.
She has more than 80 publications in articles, books and book chapters, participates in the coordination of 14 funded research projects (international and national), three of which are H2020 EU, and is part of the research team in more than 8 funded projects. Delivered more than 90 communications at congresses/seminars by invitation, was a member of more than 60 scientific commissions of national and international events and is part of the editorial board of 4 journals, three of which are very relevant internationally (Frontiers in Sociology, International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, and Saúde e Sociedade).
She supervised dozens of master’s and doctoral theses, 40 completed masters and 5 completed PhD. Supervises/ed 8 post-doctoral students. Finally, mention should be made of the work developed along the cooperation path with Mozambique and Brazil for the development and the coordination positions and other activities relevant to the University’s mission. She is a member of several national and international research networks and belongs to the Scientific Council of the UNESCO Chair in Biodiversity and Conservation for Sustainable Development, University of Coimbra.
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