Principal Investigador | Ph.D.

Dulce Freire (Ph.D.) is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Economics from the University of Coimbra. She has a degree in History (1992) from NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa), where Dulce also concluded the master (1998), with a dissertation about wine production and consumption, and the PhD (2008), studying the impacts of the Green Revolution in Portugal. 

She has been researching rural and agrarian history within Portuguese and Iberian contexts since the ’90s. Her publications consist of more than 100 articles or book chapters, and five books.  In recent years she has been coordinating various scientific projects related to changes in agriculture, food, society and public policy since the 19th century, bringing together researchers and students with different backgrounds such as History, Anthropology, Sociology, Geography and Architecture. 

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Inês Gomes has a degree in Biology (2004), a master’s degree in Georesources (2008) and a Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Sciences from Universidade de Lisboa (2015). Using natural history collections in Portuguese schools (1836-1975) as the main source, her Ph.D. thesis crosses methodological approaches from the history of science, the history of collections and scientific heritage studies to identify and describe the creation, development, transit and use of natural history teaching collections and to understand past practices and the meaning of objects in the present.

She also held a postdoctoral position at Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e da Tecnologia and collaborated with the Institute of Contemporary History, developing research in the areas of urban history of science and environmental history.

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Alberto González Remuiñán (A Coruña, Spain) is Ph.D. from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain, 2019) in Contemporary History. Graduated in History (2011), he also has a master´s degree in Contemporary History (2012) and another one in High School Education following the speciality of Social Sciences and Humanities, all obtained in the aforesaid institution.

He studies rural, agriculture, social and economic history of 18th and 19th centuries in the northwest edge of the Iberian Peninsula, especially from the perspective of the local peasant communities and their inner dynamics. These lines of investigation put their focus on various aspects such as socioeconomic changes of rural societies at the final moments of Ancient Regime, state of agriculture and farmer activities, or social conflict against tax system, including concealment and resistances, on this period.

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Carlos Manuel Faísca has a degree in History (2007) and a master´s degree in Library Science (2011) both from Nova School of Social Sciences and Humanities. He obtained his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Extremadura, Spain (2019), with a thesis on the Iberian Cork Business in the nineteenth century.

From 2014 to 2020, he was also a Senior Technician in the Municipality of Ponte de Sor, first in the areas of Library Science, Tourism and History, and lately in Strategic Planning and Economic Development. Between 2008 and 2014, he was a fellow researcher in several scientific projects in the field of Economic and Agricultural History at the Institute of Social Sciences (University of Lisbon) and NOVA School of Business and Economics.

Doctoral Researcher

Leonardo Aboim Pires has a degree in History (2015) and a master’s degree in Contemporary History (2018) from NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Since 2018, he is a Ph.D. student in Sustainability Science at the Institute of Social Sciences (ICS-UL). Leonardo is also a member of the Institute of Contemporary History (IHC-NOVA/FCSH).

His research areas have been the rural and agrarian history and environmental history, with a special focus on social transformation and economic development of rural spaces between the 19th and 20th centuries in Portugal. He also developed studies on corporatism, organised interests and the State.  He was a researcher on the project “Introductions, invasions and control measures of plant pests in Southern Europe. An interdisciplinary comparative approach from the 19th century onwards”, funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT).


Anabela Ramos has a degree in History (1988) and a Master in Modern History (1996), with a dissertation about violence and judicial practice in the rural world of the 18th century, both concluded at the University of Coimbra. She also took there a postgraduate degree in Local Cultural Affairs (1992) and another one in Documentary Science of Archives, at the University of Porto (2003).

She worked as an archivist at the District Archive of Viseu and currently works as a researcher at the Regional Northern Culture Directorate. She is a member of the Landscape, Heritage and Territory Laboratory (Lab2PT)  from the University of Minho. Research has been focused on the social history of the modern age, namely, rural justice and violence, wedding dowry, popular religiosity, food, agriculture and medicine history, particularly in a monastic context.


Research Assistant

Mónica Lourenço has a degree in Conservation and Restoration (2019) from NOVA School of Science and Technology. She worked at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2019/2020) in Lisbon, revising the conservation condition of photographic collections. She also did an internship at the National Museum of Natural History and Science of the University of Lisbon (2019) and volunteered at Vasco da Gama Museum (2020), working with cataloguing and conservation of natural history collections. 

Mónica has been involved in international volunteering programs related to rural communities. She is also focused on developing skills in photography practice and scientific illustration. She is particularly interested in the study of conservation of natural history collections and photography.


Former collaborators

Project Manager & Science Communicator

Caroline Delmazo worked as the project manager and science communicator of ReSEED from December 2018 to October 2023. She has a degree in Social Communication – Journalism (2004) from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil) and a master’s degree in New Media and Web Practices (2018) taken at NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities – Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal). In 2010, she also took part in the Balboa Program for Young Iberoamerican Journalists in Madrid (Spain).

She worked as a journalist for twelve years mostly as a producer and a reporter for TV and websites, having covered science and technology subjects and the big sports events hosted by Brazil (2014 FIFA World Cup, Rio 2016 Olympic Games and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games).  In Portugal, while dedicating to her master’s project work, Caroline became member of iNOVA Media Lab, an applied research laboratory where she got involved in projects concerning digital media and emerging technologies.

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Francesco D’Amaro is Ph.D. in Contemporary History from the University of Valencia (Spain, 2017). He has a degree in History from the University of Palermo (Italy, 2009) and also concluded the Ph.D. in Society, Politic and Cultures at La Sapienza University in Rome (Italy, 2013) and the M.A. in Libraries and Documentary Heritage at the Carlos III University in Madrid (Spain, 2017).

He studies rural society and state agents in terms of bottom-up dynamics and global view. Interested in long-term research relating to human intervention on landscape and management of production, he uses an interdisciplinary approach that provides a link between geographical and economic studies under a historical methodology. His thesis examines farmers’ collective action in face of national policies and engineers’ ambitions. It received the 2018 runner-up prize from the Spanish Contemporary History Association.


Ana Afonso has a degree in Biology (2011) and a master’s degree in Ecology (2013) from the Department of Life Sciences of the University of Coimbra. She attends the Ph.D. in Biosciences at this university in the Centre for Functional Ecology (CFE), in collaboration with the University of Seville, since 2016. Her Ph.D. project is about the impact of genome duplication in shaping the diversity of Linum suffruticosum s.l. Currently, she is also an interpreter-guide of the Botanical Garden of the University of Coimbra.

She worked in the Real Jardín Botanico of Madrid (2013) with a project by SYNTHESIS. She also worked on topics related to reproductive ecology, plant evolution, comparative biology of seed traits measured in herbarium material and experiments in a common garden. She took part in RAIZ – Forest and Paper Research Institute – in the areas of soils nutrition and forest ecophysiology.


Filipe Covelo has a degree in Environmental Education (2012) from the School of Education of the Polytechnic Institute of Viseu and a master’s degree in Biodiversity and Vegetal Biotechnology (2014) from Department of Life Sciences of University of Coimbra.

He is a botanist with specialisation in Portuguese flora. He worked as a collection manager in the Herbarium of the University of Coimbra (since 2015) and the Botanical Garden of Coimbra (since 2017) being in charge of identification and taxonomic revision of specimens and databasing. Also worked as herbarium technician in the project “Lista Vermelha da Flora Vascular de Portugal Continental”.

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Maria do Mar Gago is a historian of science and technology interested in the global history of crops. She has a degree in Biology (2000), a master’s degree in History and Philosophy of Sciences (2009) and concluded her Ph.D. in History at the Instituto de Ciências Sociais – Universidade de Lisboa in January 2018. Her dissertation, Robusta Empire: Coffee, Scientists and the Making of Colonial Angola (1898-1961), deals with the importance of Robusta coffee to understand the nature of Portuguese colonialism. 

Her current work enlarges on her previous experience of writing at the intersection of history of science and technology, environmental history, agricultural history, imperial history and global political history. Having extensively worked in communication of science, she is also interested in contributing to better dissemination and communication of academic results. She is associated editor of HoST – Journal of History of Science and Technology since 2018.