Porteur
Elisabete Figueiredo
Session
2018
Co-porteur(s)
Sandra Valente
Titre
Publishing of the Book «A Fábrica e a Vida – Narrativas e Imagens dos trabalhadores do Complexo Químico de Estarreja em torno do trabalho nas fábricas, da sua complementaridade com outras atividades e do risco ambiental» (The Factory and the Life – Narrat
Résumé
In 2015 we proposed a project to OHMI – Estarreja titled A Fábrica e a Vida – Narrativas e Imagens dos trabalhadores do Complexo Químico de Estarreja em torno do trabalho nas fábricas, da sua complementaridade com outras atividades e do risco ambiental», within which 30 in-depth interviews or life stories to current and former workers of the Estarreja Chemical Complex (CQE) were registered. Those life stories constitute a rich patrimony, not only to CQE itself, but also to Estarreja Municipality, as they convey the workers’ narratives about their life trajectories, about the nature of work in the factories, about environmental and health risk perceptions, as well as about the complementary activities.
The evidence gathered from these Life Stories also helps to understand the population adaptation strategies regarding the territorial transformations (economic, environmental, demographic and social) induced by the creation and functioning of CQE. Therefore, through the narratives gathered, it is possible to rebuild the collective history and memory of Estarreja population and territory in their relationship with the CQE which, since 1952, constitutes a strong and relevant identity feature both for the territory and the population.
The analysis of the interviews reveals extremely interesting aspects about the transformations of CQE, work and life during the last four or five decades, which are worthwhile to be disclosed to a wider public, in order to preserve this rich and important cultural patrimony and to disseminate the memories on the ‘factory and the life’. The disclosure and dissemination of those narratives is also a way of paying tribute to the main protagonists of the relationship between the factories, the territory and the daily life: the workers of CQE.

Type
Projet OHMs
OHM(s) concerné(s)
  • Estarreja
Disciplines
Sociologie
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Porteur

Elisabete
Figueiredo
Sociologist (ISCTE-IUL) and PhD on Environmental Sciences (University of Aveiro – UAVR). Assistant Professor at the Department of Social, Political and Territorial Sciences da UAVR and Researcher of GOVCOPP – Research Unit on Governance, Competiveness and Public Policies) and Associated Researcher at CETRAD – Centre of Transdisciplinary Studies for Development (University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro. She was Associated Researcher at IBIMET – National Research Council, Italy, in the research group ‘Rural Development and Cultural Identity’.
Her main research interests are related to Rural Sociology (social representations about the rural, rural development, rural tourism), Environmental Sociology (social representations about the environment, interactions between men and natural resources, conflicts of use of natural resources) and Studies on Perceptions of Risk (social perceptions of natural and technological risks, risk management and risk communication and negotiation).
She has been involved in several research projects both at national and international levels funded mainly by FCT – Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology and by the European Commission. Recently she coordinated the project Rural Matters – Meanings of the Rural in Portugal: between social representations, consumptions and development strategies, funded by FCT and is currently the coordinator of the Portuguese team of the Marie Curie ITN project – Susplace – Sustainable Place-shaping. She is on the editorial board and of several national and international journals.
She is the editor or co-editor of 9 books (4 national and 5 international) and author or co-author of more than 30 papers in both national and international journals, among other.

Participants

Elisabete
Figueiredo
Sociologist (ISCTE-IUL) and PhD on Environmental Sciences (University of Aveiro – UAVR). Assistant Professor at the Department of Social, Political and Territorial Sciences da UAVR and Researcher of GOVCOPP – Research Unit on Governance, Competiveness and Public Policies) and Associated Researcher at CETRAD – Centre of Transdisciplinary Studies for Development (University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro. She was Associated Researcher at IBIMET – National Research Council, Italy, in the research group ‘Rural Development and Cultural Identity’.
Her main research interests are related to Rural Sociology (social representations about the rural, rural development, rural tourism), Environmental Sociology (social representations about the environment, interactions between men and natural resources, conflicts of use of natural resources) and Studies on Perceptions of Risk (social perceptions of natural and technological risks, risk management and risk communication and negotiation).
She has been involved in several research projects both at national and international levels funded mainly by FCT – Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology and by the European Commission. Recently she coordinated the project Rural Matters – Meanings of the Rural in Portugal: between social representations, consumptions and development strategies, funded by FCT and is currently the coordinator of the Portuguese team of the Marie Curie ITN project – Susplace – Sustainable Place-shaping. She is on the editorial board and of several national and international journals.
She is the editor or co-editor of 9 books (4 national and 5 international) and author or co-author of more than 30 papers in both national and international journals, among other.
Sandra
Valente
Sandra Valente is a Regional and Urban Planning, by the University of Aveiro, has a Master Degree in Sociology – Local Policies by the University of Coimbra and na European PhD on Environmental Sciences and Engeneering by the University of Aveiro, with the thesis: «Stakeholder participation in sustainable forest management in fire-prone areas».
In recent years, she has been developing research on the field of social perceptions of risk and on the ways social representations may be integrated in expert knowledge and in the decision -making and policies’ design processes. More recently she conducted research on stakeholder and local communities’ participation and involvement in natural resources management processes. Since 2002, she participated in more than ten research projects at national and international levels. She is currently Post-Doc Researcher with a FCT grant in the University of Aveiro and Full Researcher at CESAM – Centre of Studies on Environment and Sea, participating in two research projects funded by EC (FP7) – RECARE (2013-2018) and CASCADE (2012-2017) – related to the recovering and mitigation of soil degradation – being also responsible by the cooperation activities with stakeholders and local communities. She is also member of the Portuguese research team of the Marie Curie ITN project Susplace – Sustainable Place-shaping (2015-2019) and she is part of the coordination team of the OHM Estarreja.
She is the author or co-author 11 book chapters, more than 10 papers in journals with peer-review and over 60 presentations in conferences, seminars and other scientific events.
Diogo
Soares da Silva
Diogo Soares da Silva has a degree in Public Administration and a Master degree on Regional and Urban Planning both by the University of Aveiro. Currently he is researcher at the Rural Sociology Group (RSO) of the Wageningen University & Research (WUR), The Netherlands, within the Marie Curie ITN project SUSPLACE – Sustainable Place Shaping. His current research is related to the study of the relationships between the citizens initiatives and the governmental institutions. He has been involved, as a Researcher Grant Holder, between 2011 and 2016, in 3 research projects in the Department of Social, Political and Territorial Sciences of the University of Aveiro, funded by FCT, CIPES and OHM/CNRS.
He is author or co-author of more than 25 presentations in international and national conferences and of 5 papers in scientific journals. He is co-editor of the national book O Campo é onde não estamos - Significados Sociais e Institucionais do Rural em Portugal, resulting from the Rural Matters – Meanings of the Rural in Portugal: between social representations, consumptions and development strategies (FCT funded).