Forests or tree plantations? Portuguese politics of fires 19 October 2017

Last Sunday, Portugal was breathing smoke again. Travelling back from a weekend in Guimarães we saw the sun changing its colour. First we thought: beautiful! Then, we started crossing all these fires on our way back to Aveiro. With the ash, the smoke and a landscape full of flames, we could only think: how can this happen? And most important, what should be done to stop it?  While being aware that most probably these fires were criminal acts or caused by negligence, I want to go beyond this debate and to try to answer these two questions giving emphasis to the impact of discourses on forest politics in Portugal- as informed by my participation in the Portuguese National Forest Congress (8-11 October 2017).

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Place-based narratives from Carvalhal de Vermilhas, Vouzela 5 October 2017 - By Catia Rebelo As part of my research Project – Place Ambassadors – I developed a satellite case study in Portugal in a very small rural area called Carvalhal de Vermilhas, Vouzela. For this satellite case study, I focused on only one of my research questions: How would Place Ambassadors like to co-create a place brand and which collective ... read more »
SUSPLACE Consortium Meeting & PhD Autumn School in Aveiro, Portugal 27 September 2017 - Centro Cultural e de Congressos de Aveiro. Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:F%C3%A1brica_Jer%C3%B3nimo_Pereira_Campos.jpg Poster made by Binaural Nodar, to promote the SUSPLACE fieldtrip to Vouzela and surroundings In October 2015, SUSPLACE formally started. The past two years have brought a wealth of experiences, insights, fieldwork data, new knowledge and new questions. Being halfway the project, it’s time to harvest what we’ve ... read more »
Against human self-centeredness 21 September 2017 - Flyer designed by Malin Bäckman for the Action Hub: Arts-based methods for transformative design at Transformation 2017 By Malin Bäckman March 2017 I enter a dark room, two screens on both sides display images of large telescopes and green forests, in the front a black screen with white text. A story is being told. I’ve seen this before, in ... read more »
Discussing about Diverse Economies with prof. Katherine Gibson 20 September 2017 - On June 27th 2017, the Rural Sociology Group in collaboration with SUSPLACE and in conjuction with the CSPS Conference ‘The Value of Life’ organised a masterclass on Performative Practices for Diverse Economies with prof. Katherine Gibson (Western Sydney University) – visiting scientist in SUSPLACE. The masterclass was well attended, with more than 25 PhDs, researchers and professors ... read more »
Towards an Agenda for Sustainable Food Governance 19 September 2017 - On Thursday September 21, 2017  SUSPLACE partners KU Leuven en Cardiff University are organising an event on Good Food Governance in the post-exit UK and EU. The aim of this event is to identify new complexities in global food governance regimes in the wake of new objectives, targets and indicators set forth by global actions such ... read more »
SUSPLACE contributions to Transformations2017 (#TCONFDD17)- speedtalks and action hub 30 August 2017 - The SUSPLACE team present at Transformations 2017 SUSPLACE is contributing to the Transformations 2017 conference in Dundee from August 30 -September 1 (@TCONFDD17) with speedtalks and an action hub. Kelli Pearson, Sara Grenni and Ina Horlings each provide a speedtalk in various sessions. Together with Angela Moriggi, Siri Pisters, Malin Backman, Marta Nieto, Anke de Vrieze, and with the ... read more »

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