Transdisciplinarity, co-creation and territorial intelligence

The CETRAD (Centre for Transdisciplinary Development Studies), in partnership with the Doctoral Programme in Development, Societies, and Territories (DeST), is pleased to announce its Summer School 2024 on Transdisciplinarity, Co-Creation, and Territorial Intelligence. The event will take place from May 16th to May 18th, 2024 at the UTAD campus.

Transdisciplinarity, co-creation, and territorial intelligence are key concepts and approaches shaping the emerging field of “society-engaged science.” Living labs are increasingly being used as multi-actors co-creation forums to implement transdisciplinarity approach and to enhance the collective territorial intelligence. The primary goal of the CETRAD Summer School is to provide an opportunity to explore how these concepts and approaches can enhance the role of science in addressing the complex challenges faced by territories. These challenges include socio-demographic shrinking, climate change and extreme events, green and digital transitions, among others. The Summer School aims to show how social sciences can facilitate the engagement of diverse actors in open, collective, and interactive learning and innovation processes to develop solutions and visions for a better future.
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DayHoursLecturerSession title
16th May9:30-12:00Helena GuimarãesTransdisciplinarity from theory to practice: integration expertise and key aspects
16th May14:30-17:00Filipe JeremiasEmpowering communities: placing people at the core of transformation towards smart villages
17th May9:30-12:00Lucas DembogurskiMethodology and tools for co-creation in rural contexts
17th May14:30-17:00Lívia Madureira; Pedro G. Silva; Mónica Dantas; Octávio SacramentoTransdisciplinarity on the ground: setting up the Douro Living Lab
18th May9:30-12:00Hernâni AlvesRural futures, a toolkit for participatory imagination

Lectures’ info

Helena Guimarães (MED-Univ. Évora)
Ph.D. is in Environmental Science specialized in territorial planning with a focus on sustainable management of natural resources. She is contracted researcher at MED – Mediterranean Institute for Agriculture, Environment and Development.

Filipe Jeremias (iLocal CEO)
Project manager, co-founder and executive director of iLocal. He has a passion for art, architecture, education and community building.

Lucas Dembogurski (CETRAD – UTAD)
Master’s degree in Sociology from the Federal University of Goiás. He’s currently a PhD student in Development, Societies and Territories; and his main research interests are rural development, smart development, smart villages and participatory approaches.

Lívia Madureira (CETRAD – UTAD)
She is an associate professor with habilitation at the UTAD (University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro) and senior researcher at CETRAD (Centre for Transdisciplinary Development Studies). Her current research topics are innovation and sustainability studies, with numerous applications to understand the individual and deliberative decision-making processes of farmers, consumers, policy-makers, and citizens toward sustainable options and how to foster sustainable development processes and sustainability transitions at the territorial scale.

Pedro G. Silva (CETRAD – UTAD)
Assistant Professor at the UTAD, holds a PhD in Social Work from ISCTE-IUL (Portugal) and the University of Jyvaskyla (Finland) (co-tutelle agreement) (2023). Main research interests are socio-environmental conflicts, environmental justice, social movements, refugee reception and the history of social work.

Mónica Dantas (CETRAD – UTAD)
She is an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Sociology, Geography & Environment, and Public Policies, focusing on sustainable food systems. Her research focus includes sustainable development, solidarity and circular economy, agroecology, and data analytics to enhance academic research and provide practical insights into research projects.

Octávio Sacramento (CETRAD – UTAD)
Octávio Sacramento holds a PhD in Anthropology (ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon). His main research interests are related to the mobilities of people within the contexts of tourism and migration, namely the intersections between these two types of flows, the cultural (dis)encounters, the subjectivity reconfigurations, the public health challenges, the socio-territorial dynamics in tourist and migratory destinations, and the policies that regulate the transnational dislocations of people.

Hernâni Alves (Universidade da Beira Interior)
He has a Master’s degree in Design and Visual Culture from the European University and is a PhD student at the University of Beira Interior (UBI) focused on designing of collective participation practices. He is a visiting assistant professor at the University of Beira Interior (UBI).

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