Irina Castro


Irina Castro is a junior researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, integrating the Research group on Science, Economy and Society. In 2009, she graduated in Applied Ecology at the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro. In 2011 she got her MSc in Environmental Engineering and in 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 PhD 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), Rita Serra (CES) and Rául Garcia 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.

Latest Publications

Book Chapter

Neilson, Alison Laurie; Castro, Irina (2016), Reflexive Research and Education for Sustainable Development with Coastal Fishing Communities in the Azores Islands: A Theatre for Questions, in P. Castro, U. M. Azeiteiro, P. Bacelar Nicolau, W. Leal Filho, & A. M. Azul (org.), World Sustainability Series. Biodiversity and Education for Sustainable Development. Springer Nature, 203-217

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Book Chapter

Van Vossole, Jonas; Castro, Irina (2015), Narrativas divergentes sobre a democracia no conflito social português - o caso da privatização da água, in Aragão, Alexandra; Bester, Gisela Maria; Hilário, Gloriete (org.), Direito e Ambiente para uma Democracia Sustentável - Diálogos Multidiscplipanres entre Portugal e Brasil. Curitiba: Instituto Memória