Bottom up Adaptation Strategies for a Sustainable Europe

Fundacao da Faculdade de Ciencias da Universidade de Lisboa (FFCUL)

FFCUL is a private non-profit organization, created in 1993 to provide the Faculty of Sciences (FCUL) with financial/administrative R&D management. FCUL acts as a third party in all R&D projects based on a scientific agreement in force since FFCUL’s establishment.

FFCUL contribute significantly to the case studies in WP4; WP5 and WP6. FFCUL is the front institution for a large Portuguese scientific collaboration of multiple research groups, with more than 400 on-going national and international projects. FFCUL integrates the following organisations participating in BASE:

  • SIM (Laboratory for Systems, Instrumentation and Modelling in Science and Technology for Space and the Environment) is a research centre established in 2005. It hosts the CCIAM research group (Climate Change Integrated Analysis and Modelling) and has around 40 permanent researchers and 13 postgraduate students engaged in several national (10) and international (6) projects in different scientific areas (including Climate Adaptation);
  • ICS (Institute of Social Sciences) is an Associated State Laboratory devoted to research and advanced training in social sciences focusing on contemporary societies, namely: i) formation of the contemporary world; ii) the study of citizenship and democratic institutions; iii) sustainability, environment, risk and space; iv) social changes; v) individual action in family, lifestyles and schooling; vi) identity, migration and religion.


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Gil Penha-Lopes
Gil Penha-Lopes ( is the WP5 leader. He holds a PhD in Functional Ecology and is currently a Post-Doc on “Integral Adaptation Solutions when facing Climate Change”. His research focus is on bottom-up initiatives and processes such as social movements (Transition and Permaculture) and Eco-villages, and on the analysis of the implementation success of participatory, inspirational and conflict solving tools for decision-making.

Luísa Schmidt
Luísa Schmidt ( is an expert in Sociology of the Media and Environmental Sociology (PhD, 1999). At the ICS-UL she leads the OBSERVA, an observatory on environment, society, and public opinion, founded in 1996, were she has run many studies, namely, nationwide surveys on environmental values and policy issues; on environment and the media; environmental and sustainable development education; local agenda 21 and participative processes. She also leads ICS’ Research Line on “Sustainability: Environment, Risk and Spaces” and is currently involved in projects on energy efficiency and coastal erosion and on the URBACHINA FP7 project.

Maria João Coelho
Maria João Coelho (<>) graduated in Environmental Engineering (2001) and postgraduated in natural and technological hazards (2006). She has experience in the formulation and decision-making of environmental public policies (such as environmental impact assessment, strategic environmental assessment, environmental liability, environmental risks, climate change), since she was advisor to the Portuguese Secretary of State for Environment during five years (2006 - 2011). Since September 2011, she is a PhD student in Public Policies at ISCTE-IUL and her research project will be focused on environmental mainstreaming at policy level.

André Vizinho
André Vizinho ( was graduated as an Environmental Engineer in 2003 and worked as a researcher in Remote Sensing and Carbon Sinks in FCT-UNL. Afterwards dedicated to participatory local community development and sustainability working in Slovenja for one year and in Portugal for the last 6 years in the project entitled and
Postgraduated in Regional Economy and Local Development, André Vizinho is an experienced professional trainer in Permaculture Design and Transition Towns.

Filipe M. Alves
Filipe M. Alves ( has a Degree and Post Graduation in Economics at ISCTE-IUL and Ekonomska Fakulteta (Slovenia) and is finishing the Masters in Economics and Public Policy at ISCTE-IUL.
Work experience is diverse ranging from Research at INETI (Lisbon, PT) and CSR (Auroville, India), volunteering in the third sector in Serbia and Portugal, Climate Change College Ambassador for Unilever/WWF, Biovilla (sustainability & Permaculture co-op) CEO for 3 years, Consulting on CSR and as trainer for the EU under the Youth in Action Programme. Currently his area of focus is Economic Design for Transition/Sustainability.

Inês Campos
Inês Campos (<>) graduated in Communication Sciences, has a master in Political Science and is now a student in the Climate Change and Sustainability Policies PhD Program, developing research in the area of Environmental Sociology. Her thesis research is focused on the sociological component of transitions to sustainability, as well as applying and developing participatory methods. She has been the coordinator of the UN Millennium Campaign in Portugal and has worked as a social sciences researcher in Project PERDA – Study and Reflection on Food Waste in Portugal ( She will be dealing mainly with the sociological aspects of adaptation processes, focusing on understanding transformative changes in societal structures, cultures and practices. She will also be working with dissemination and communication strategies and implementation at the local and national level.

João Guerra
João Guerra ( is a sociologist, postdoctoral fellow at Institute of Social Sciences – University of Lisbon, member of OBSERVA’s research team since 1998, and member of its Executive Committee since 2010. He carried out several research projects focused on environmental issues and their interactions with society: governance, civic participation, sustainable development, environmental education, etc.

Carla Marques
Carla Marques ( is the Project Manager from the FFCUL International Projects Department.