Irina Castro


Irina Castro is a Junior Researcher (JR) at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, integrating the Research group on Science, Economy, and Society (NECES). In 2009, Castro graduated in Applied Ecology at the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro. In 2011 she got her MSc in Environmental Engineering and the same year she joined CES as a research fellow for the project "BIOSENSE | Science engaging society: Life Sciences Social Sciences and Publics", coordinated by João Arriscado Nunes. Since then she has collaborated in the development, promotion, and evaluation of science communication initiatives and promotion of science-society relations, with a particular focus on the relationship between society and bio/nanotechnology. In 2013, she began her Ph.D. at the programme Governance, Knowledge, and Innovation (sociology branch) in which develops a thesis about the ontological construction of transgenic seeds through the practices of scientists and their scientific controversies. She works closely on this with João Arriscado Nunes (CES-FEUC), Rita Serra (CES), and Raúl García-Barrios, the latter researcher at the Multidisciplinary Research Centre of the Autonomous University of Mexico (CRIM / UNAM). In 2014 she became a collaborator of CES Project Management Office. CIENCIA ID: FE1F-6AF9-8C8C

Latest Publications

Book Chapter

Castro, Irina (2021), El conflicto científico sobre los transgénicos. De la disidencia científica a la construccíon de otra forma de producir conocimiento, in Julio Muñoz Rubio (org.), Proceso a los Alimentos Transgénicos [E-book]. Ciudad de México: Itaca, 167-220

Book Chapter

Lebrecht, Tamara; Wallace, Helen; Castro, Irina (2019), Social Issues, in Critical Scientists Switzerlan, European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsability, Vereinigung Deutscher Wissenschaftler (org.), Gene Drive - A report on their science, applications, social aspects, ethics and regulations. Bern & Berlin: Holly Dressel, 159-214

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Book Chapter

Castro, Irina (2019), Podemos salvar o clima no capitalismo?, in Catarina Príncipe & João Mineiro (org.), ABC do Socialismo. Lisboa: Parsifal