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Sustainable development, complexity and change: thinking and practices for the SDG and others

September 9 to 12, 2020, Casa da Esquina (Coimbra, PT)

Ana Melo has a PhD in Clinical Psychology and is a member of the Portuguese Order of Psychologists with a recognised speciality in Clinical Psychology and an Advanced Speciality in Community Psychology. She is a researcher at the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra and an associate of the University of York Cross-Disciplinary Centre for Systems Analysis, of the University of York, where she was a visiting academic. She is an elected member of the Council of the Complex Systems Society.  She has focused her practice and research on processes of change, flourishment and resilience in families and communities. She algo investigates human social systems and their change processes informed by a complex systems approach. She has also dedicated her activities to the theory, research and practices associated with the development, promotion and evaluation of a complex thinking applied to the understanding and management of change in complex systems, as a way of thinking that aims to build itself in a way that is congruent with the complexity of the world. She explores processes of inter and transdisciplinarity in the crossing with  complex thinking  for  the construction of more effective responses to the challenges of Complexity associated with  Humanity’s Well-Being and Sustainable Development.

António Carvalho currently works as a research fellow at the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, where he is the principal investigator of TROPO (2018-2021), a research project funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology which aims at analyzing the multiple ontologies of the Anthropocene in Portugal. Previously he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Nova University of Lisbon (IHMT/NOVA), where he was in charge of implementing the Research Fairness Initiative. His research interests include affect, post-humanist theory, the ethics of emerging technologies, mindfulness and the Anthropocene.

Leo Caves has a PhD in Computational Biophysics and throughout his career has operated at the interface of the physical, biological and computational sciences. Formerly a Senior Lecturer at the University of York, he worked in both the Departments of Chemistry and Biology. He is a co-founder and associate of the York Cross-disciplinary Centre for Systems Analysis (YCCSA). He is a collaborator of the Centre for the Philosophy of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (CFC UL). His research experience encompasses computational biophysics, data science and evolutionary computation. He has experience in multivariate data and network analyses, as well as a variety of simulation and visualisation methods. He offers biological perspectives on complex systems and seeks to support more systemic and complex approaches to real world issues through broad and deep interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration. He is interested in complex thinking and in the investigation and facilitation of interdisciplinary processes. More recently he has been working within the domain of the Philosophy of Biology, integrating themes of process philosophy with systems and relational biology, cybernetics and coordination dynamics amongst others. He has a broad interest in the Philosophy of Science.

Magnólia is a Professor of UFRN, Brasil. She is graduated in Biology, has a Masters in Biolecology and a PhD in Ecology and Natural Resources.  Her central focus of research targets education for sustainability in the interface with the teaching of sciences.

Paula Duarte Lopes is a researcher on Peace Studies at the Center for Social Studies and an International Relations professor at the School of Economics of the University of Coimbra. She lectures at the undergraduate and graduate levels in International Relations, including the MA in Peace, Security and Development Studies and the PhD in International Politics and Conflict Resolution (with an performance evaluation of 'Excellent' for 2011-2013 and 2014-2016). She received her PhD from The Johns Hopkins University, United States of America, and her Masters from the London School of Economics and Political Science, Great Britain. She has a Bachelor Degree (five years) in Economics from the School of Economics of the University of Coimbra. Her research interests include peace missions, development aid, environmental governance and international water conflicts. She has several publications on these issues.

PHILIP GARNETT               
Philip Garnett is a Senior Lecturer of Systems and Organisation in the School of Management, University of York. He is interested in the application of complex systems theory in organisations, and how organisational culture, memory, and knowledge can be theorised as an emergent property of the system itself. He combines modelling and simulation techniques (agent based modelling, and network analysis) with the analysis of information and its flow (natural language processing and machine learning/AI) to investigate how organisations and society works (and fails), and how interventions could be made. He is also interested in the power of information and its consequences for our privacy and liberty, and conducts research on cyber and information security. Philip also has a philosophical interest in complexity theory and complexity thinking.

Rita has a an undergraduate degree and a PhD in Biology from the University of Porto. She is currently a researcher in Communication and Non-Formal Education of Science of the Research Group on Science, Economy and Society (NECES) of the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra (CES-UC) in collaboration with the Science Museum of the University of Coimbra,  the Centre for Research on Biodiversity and Natural Resources (CIBIO-UP/InBIO)  and the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN; Brasil). Her research interests are focused on public participation and engagement with science, namely on issues regarding the biodiversity crisis, the relation between biodiversity and health, environmental education and education for sustainable development.

Sara Araújo holds a PhD in Sociology of Law with a thesis on legal pluralism and Epistemologies of the South. Member of the coordinating team of the Alice project, coordinated by Boaventura de Sousa Santos. She is also a member of the collective that coordinates the Popular University of Social Movements (UPMS) in Europe and co-coordinator of the Summer School on Epistemologies of the South. Co-editor of the book "A dinâmica do pluralismo jurídico em Moçambique" (2014) and has published several articles in scientific journals on justice in Mozambique and decolonialisation of State and law. Her research interests included legal pluralism, transformative constitutionalism, post-abyssal judicial cartographies, human rights and interculturality, popular education, ecology of knowledges and ecology of justices.

Pedro Portela was born in Porto, Portugal in 1980 and his childhood dream was to become an astronaut and explore the galaxy in a spaceship. He graduated in mechanical engineering in Portugal where he soon became involved in projects with the European Space Agency (ESA). He was the managing partner of a space hardware company in Portugal for 6 years. After leaving this company, he took up permaculture and twice visited one of the most radical sustainability schools in the world, Schumacher College in the United Kingdom taking courses on sustainability, complexity theory, systems theory and social collaboration technologies. Today, he collaborates as an external consultant for the Humanity United Foundation, based in San Francisco, on Peacebuilding and Conflict transformation. He works to bring the hard science of complex systems thinking and its tools to the hands of systems changemakers and peacebuilders on the grassroots.

Luisa was born in Porto in 1987 and her dream was to be a painter. She studied painting at the Fine Arts School in Porto but quickly discovered that the contemporary art world is not what her inner child had fantasized about. After more alternative professional experiences, she decided that he would try to bring her art and expression to the world of business and everyday life. How many of us have ever seen one artist working alongside us during a meeting or event? She started the PictureThis project: in which she combines her gift of plastic expression to her active listening and ability to be 100% present by placing them at the service of major events, training and processes of social transformation.

Compete 2020 FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia POVT - Programa Operacional Temático Valorização do Território Universidade de Coimbra