Joana Canelas


Biography

Joana Canelas was born in Lisbon, in 1985. She graduated in Physics in 2009, from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FCUL), when she also completed the Permaculture Design Course and started collaborating with agroecological projects both in Portugal and United Kingdom. In 2011, she is permaculture technician at Biovilla, Sustainable Development Cooperative (Palmela, Portugal), and in 2012 she is research assistant of Prof. Henrique Pereira at FCUL's Center for Environmental Biology. In 2014, she completes a Master in Complexity Sciences at ISCTE (University of Lisbon), studying the relation between land-use intensity and ecological stability. She then moves to Leipzig as associate researcher at iDiv, German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research (Halle-Jena-Leipzig, Germany). From 2016 to 2021, she is PhD candidate in Biodiversity Management and teaching assistant in Environmental Sciences at the University of Kent (UK). Since 2017, she curates the interdisciplinary Tree Ogham Trail project, at the University of Kent, where she explores ecological and cultural importance of native tree species from UK and Europe - receiving the Postgraduate Experience Awards 2017 and a nomination for the Kent Student Awards for Outstanding Contribution to the Environment in 2018. Since 2019, she is co-founder of the Indigenous Forum of Lisbon, convening to disclose the ongoing impacts of colonialism in solidarity with native peoples struggles around the world. Her research explores the cultural, social and political dimensions of complex socio-ecological dynamics, reflecting how cultural practices, relational values and local knowledge systems constitute and regulate more-than-human territories, whose ontological and epistemological richness both enables multispecies coexistences and contests the political ontologies of economic development which promote environmental degradation. Since 2021, she colaborates with CES on project TROPO, addressing the environmental conflicts and political ontologies around the energetic transition and lithium mining projects in Portugal.


Latest Publications

Article in Scientific journal

Marques, Alexandra; Martins, Inês S.; Kastner, Thomas; Plutzar, Christoph; Theurl, Michaela C.; Eisenmenger, Nina; Huijbregts, Mark A. J.; Wood, Richard; Stadler, Konstantin; Bruckner, Martin; Canelas, Joana; Hilbers, Jelle P.; Tukker, Arnold; Erb, Karlheinz; Pereira, Henrique M. (2019), "Increasing impacts of land use on biodiversity and carbon sequestration driven by population and economic growth", Nature Ecology & Evolution, 3, 4, 628-637

Article in Scientific journal

Kastner, Thomas; Marques, Alexandra; Martins, Inês S.; Plutzar, Christoph; Theurl, Michaela C.; Eisenmenger, Nina; Huijbregts, Mark A. J.; Wood, Richard; Stadler, Konstantin; Bruckner, Martin; Canelas, Joana; Hilbers, Jelle P.; Tukker, Arnold; Erb, Karl-Heinz; Pereira, Henrique M. (2019), "Reply to: Soils need to be considered when assessing the impacts of land-use change on carbon sequestration", Nature Ecology & Evolution, 3, 12, 1643-1644