I am a social scientist-activist, currently based at Instituto Universitário de Lisboa - ISCTE-IUL. Since 2014, I have been engaged in several participatory action research projects on Social and Solidarity Economy and the management of the commons in Southern Europe, as well as North and South America.
I am currently carrying out a 6-year research project, funded by the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation, entitled "The Emerging Action Fields of Solidarity Economy", which analyses the factors that promote the social and economic sustainability of commons-oriented alternative economic projects. I am comparing four different models in four countries:
- An Ecovillage in Portugal;
- A grassroots commercialization network promoted by an Ecclesial Base Community;
- An Integral Cooperative in Catalonia;
- An Agroecological Producer-Consumer Network in Italy.