Ana Horta

Ana Horta
University of Lisbon | UL · Institute of Social Sciences

PhD

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October 2001 - May 2006

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Versión traducida al español del documento original: "A toolkit for a just transition with the people"
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This article enriches the existing literature on the importance and role of the social sciences and humanities (SSH) in renewable energy sources research by providing a novel approach to instigating the future research agenda in this field. Employing a series of in-depth interviews, deliberative focus group workshops and a sys- tematic horizon scan...
Technical Report
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The drivers of energy poverty are deeply structural-they span, at least, across our current economic, social, employment, energy, climate, taxation, welfare, housing and health policies. Energy poverty causes go far beyond the triad of "low income-poor energy efficiency-high expenditure", which is traditionally considered to set the context to addr...
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Trust is a fundamental ingredient of prosperous democracies. In Europe, trust in existing elected democratic institutions is fading while authoritarian nationalist movements grow. Experiences of neglect, ignorance, and inferiority are one explanation for this. This paper explores the link between the experiences of households in a state of energy p...
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This report presents 100 research questions that have been identified by scientific experts as key priorities for Social Science and Humanities (SSH)research on renewables, in order to inform and support EU-funded research and innovation leading to achieve climate-neutrality by 2050.
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This report presents 100 research questions that have been identified by scientific experts as key priorities for Social Science and Humanities (SSH) research on renewable energy, in order to inform and support EU-funded research and innovation leading to achieve climate-neutrality by 2050. The questions together aim to promote SSH research that co...
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A major challenge for humankind is to reduce global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to avoid the most harmful impacts of climate change. The transport sector is responsible for almost 1/4 of the world’s energy-related emissions, with road transportation representing around 1/5 of the fuel consumption. Electric vehicles (EVs) may help to reduce CO2 e...
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Climate policies in the European Union require a substantial reduction in carbon emissions from road transport. However, in the last decades the system of automobility has expanded considerably, establishing a process of path dependence that is very difficult to reverse. Changes in current patterns of automobility may increase oil vulnerability of...
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Energy poverty alleviation requires a rethinking of our economic and social system (Bouzarovski 2018a). Energy poverty has traditionally been studied around the income-housing-energy price triangle (Thomson 2013), but new research avenues need to be opened to deepen our knowledge of energy poverty. To understand the multi-layered nature of energy p...
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Energy poverty seriously affects living conditions and health. In spite of its mild climate, Portugal has been pointed out as one of the most vulnerable countries in the European Union. Due to the multidimensionality of energy poverty, attention needs to be paid to specific factors contributing to it in different contexts. This paper contributes to...
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Neste capítulo é analisada a situação de Portugal relativamente aos Objetivos de Desenvolvimento Sustentável (ODS) que articulam a energia com as condições de vida da população. É dada especial atenção aos objetivos de garantir o acesso a fontes de energia fiáveis, sustentáveis e modernas para todos (ODS 7) e de tornar as cidades sustentáveis (ODS...
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A apreensão crescente a que as alterações climáticas deram origem impõe mudanças drásticas que, do local ao global, a Agenda 2030 procura fomentar. Com base na análise de dados sobre a prossecução do ODS 13 na última década e, em particular, das metas relativas a riscos, desempenhos e perceções, este capítulo contextualiza o caso português na União...
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A recente crise económica e financeira teve efeitos nos hábitos alimentares das famílias que não estão ainda ultrapassados e bem estudados. Este livro debruça-se sobre o fenómeno da (in)segurança alimentar e faz o retrato quantitativo e qualitativo das vivências alimentares das famílias portuguesas no pico da crise. Abordam-se o agravamento das des...
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Conference paper about what is energy poverty, how has it evolved in the European Union and why is it so serious in Portugal. [In English]
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Given a general rise in dog pets in many societies, dog poop becomes an increasingly important issue. However, it appears as a subject less worthy of serious attention albeit it is known as a source of pollution and, when left on sidewalks and other public spaces, as a significant nuisance to human communities. Public authorities in many countries...
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This chapter examines social practices as an alternative and promising approach to conventional social science research on energy consumption. It highlights the emergence of practice theory in social science research on energy consumption that focuses on the interaction between social structures and everyday life, including materiality. After provi...
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Full-text: http://climatescience.oxfordre.com/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780190228620.001.0001/acrefore-9780190228620-e-599
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Researching media coverage of climate change may shed light on the different configurations of global and domestic factors affecting journalism and politics. This article analyzes climate change coverage in Portugal from 2007 to 2014 in comparison with 14 other countries. It shows that the Portuguese press tends to reproduce the global political ag...
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Environmental sociology tends to be dominated by macrosociological theories, to the point that microsociological perspectives have been neglected and ignored. This collection of original work is the first book dedicated to demonstrating the utility of microsociological perspectives for investigating environmental issues. From symbolic interactionis...
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Reducing global emissions will require a global cosmopolitan culture built from detailed attention to conflicting national climate change frames (interpretations) in media discourse. The authors analyze the global field of media climate change discourse using 17 diverse cases and 131 frames. They find four main conflicting dimensions of difference:...
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The social-class dimension of energy consumption has been rather neglected relative to other theoretical approaches to energy use, despite its potential deployment in energy policies. This paper aims at investigating energy policy-related inequalities across social classes with respect to three dimensions highlighted by environmental-justice theori...
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Este livro ilustra o modo como o Grupo de Investigação Ambiente, Território e Sociedade do Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa contribui para novas agendas de investigação sobre dinâmicas de mudança sustentáveis em domínios como a alimentação, a energia, a água, as alterações climáticas, o ordenamento do território, os processos...
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The article examines how social practices of charging and managing the power of mobile phones are formed. The usefulness of the concept of distributed agency as a tool for the understanding of the dimensions that constitute social practices related to energy consumption is explored. Based on findings from interviews and a survey conducted with adol...
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ANIMMA 2015 Advancements in Nuclear Instrumentation Measurement Methods and their Applications, Lisbon, April, 2015
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Este livro pretende contribuir para o debate científico e cívico sobre a dimensão social das energias renováveis, com particular destaque para as energias eólica e solar. Ao longo do livro passam-se em revista as dimensões política, económica, ambiental, científica, mediática e de opinião pública sobre as energias renováveis, tanto a nível nacional...
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Resumen: Sobre la base de un marco conceptual post-foucaultiana nos fijamos en las racionalidades que informan a la organización de las comidas de los escolares portugueses y la aplicación de estas racionalidades para transformar y normalizan los hábitos alimenticios de los niños. El material empírico se extrae de un análisis documental del marco t...
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This paper presents results of a comparison of media coverage of fusion and fission energy technologies in three countries (Germany, Spain and Portugal) and in the English language international print media addressing transnational elite, from 2008 to 2012. The analysis showed that the accident in Fukushima in March 2010 did not have significant im...
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O consumo de energia associado às tecnologias de informação e comunicação tende a aumentar significativamente nos próximos anos e estima-se que venha a tornar-se parte substancial da energia consumida no setor doméstico. Neste relatório analisam-se as práticas de utilização dos media eletrónicos pelos adolescentes de modo a compreender as suas impl...
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El desastre nuclear de Fukushima ha sido un recordatorio de desastres nucleares anteriores, como la Isla de Tres Milas y el Chernobil, devolviendo a la esfera pública la discusión alrededor de problemas de seguridad de centrales nucleares. Sin embargo, mientras el riesgo associado a la energia nuclear tradicional (la fisión) fue amplificado en los...
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This article attempts to explain the swift development of renewable energy, in particular wind energy, in Portugal, by assessing the socio-political, community and market acceptance of renewables. We examine, on the one hand, the institutional and policy framework, the approaches to planning, and the ownership of facilities, and, on the other hand,...
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Portugal is highly exposed to risks and vulnerabilities related to climate change, such as a continuing increase of average summer temperature, more frequent and intense heat waves and a reduction of rainfall, and, as a consequence, floods, droughts, fire hazards, air pollution, erosion and changes in water quality and availability (Santos and Mira...
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The information and communication technologies (ICT) market has been showing a remarkable expansion. Considering the severe financial and economic crisis some countries are currently facing, and the restrictions in several forms of consumption due to scarcity, what changes may be affecting ICT usage in everyday life? This presentation tries to addr...
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Energy consumption inconspicuously bridges nature and culture. Modern societies and cultures depend on intensive energy use from the extraction of natural resources. In fact, the industrialization process required large amounts of energy, but main sources such as oil and coal, have been gradually depleted and found to be heavily polluting the envir...
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In a time of economic crisis the need to adopt energy conservation practices comes to the fore. It is helpful to evaluate the role of young people as both consumers and potential agents of change bridging the gap between school and family to encourage lower household energy consumption. Based on two surveys of parents and students of a secondary sc...
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Purpose ‐ Concerns on children's obesity and overweight have been related to food diets with excessive sugar and fat. Given the relevance of school meals in Portuguese children's lives, schools follow governmental guidelines in order to provide nutritiously balanced and healthy meals. As imbalances persist, this study aims at understanding the acce...
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In Portugal, the economic crisis has affected various groups of the population, especially the most vulnerable, and forced to reconfigure social services provided by the state. Based on a case study of public school meals, this article examines the way in which the decline of the welfare state is interfering in the sustainability of school’s food p...
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Ambiente, paisagem, património e economia: Os conflitos em torno de parques eólicos em Portugal Nos últimos anos tem‑se assistido em Portugal ao crescimento exponencial do número de parques eólicos, respondendo às pressões políticas e económicas para atingir metas ambiciosas no que concerne à produção de energia através de fontes renováveis. A níve...
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A scenario of increased risks due to climate change and coastal erosion, coupled with a stringent economic recession, is threatening the Portuguese coast. Three particular locations are the focus of CHANGE Changing Coasts, Changing Climate, Changing Communities, a 3-year study (2010-2013) that aims to understand social perceptions about coastal ris...
Conference Paper
It’s increasingly clear that behaviour has a fundamental role in energy efficiency. The representations, beliefs and values are translated into behaviours that affect how individuals position themselves in relation to energy consumption. Given that this is one of the most serious problems affecting the living conditions of millions of people and co...
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Na “publicidade verde” as empresas alegam qualidades ecológicas dos produtos, embora muitas vezes estas não possam ser realmente comprovadas ou a informação fornecida seja insuficiente para o efectivo esclarecimento do consumidor. É o caso de menções como "produto amigo do ambiente", “protege a natureza”, "100% natural" ou “não poluente”. O critici...
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Automobility became the dominant form of mechanized mobility of passengers in contemporary societies (Dennis and Urry, 2009). In this sociotechnical system the individuals are constrained by structures in which other modes of mobility are discouraged and the use of the car becomes a necessity. In this context of dependency from petroleum, it is imp...
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Results Previous to the development of the structural equation model (SEMPath) several principal components factorial analysis (PCFA) were conducted to reduce the number of single variables to include into the model. The blocks of questions subject to PCFA analysis were: 1) environmental risks perception, 2) environmental attitudes (NEP), 3) normat...
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Resumo A questão energética é presentemente um dos maiores desafios da actualidade e das futuras gerações. O impacto do consumo de energia no ambiente e a necessidade de a garantir a milhões de pessoas em todo o mundo, tornam imperativo utilizar a energia de forma mais eficiente nos países industrializados e facilitar o acesso a este recurso às pop...
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For the Portuguese, Europe represents an ideal. It means civilization, culture, development, and wealth. But the Portuguese describe themselves as “second tier Europeans” and as citizens of a country “in the tail of Europe.” This collective self-perception contrasts with the memory of once having been a sea power, and that memory is a cornerstone o...

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The project builds a case-study about energy efficiency strategies and sustainability goals at schools and their impact on energy consumption by local communities. The study involves a school and its families, and focus on two research vectors: behavioral and technological.
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This project aims to produce knowledge about teenagers energy consumption related to their use of electronic media. This type of energy consumption has grown significantly and it is estimated that it will become a substantial part of households’ electricity consumption. The project adopts a practice-based approach to investigate teenagers daily routines related to electronic media and how these are embedded in contemporary media-saturated cultures, social dynamics and material contexts.
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Energy poverty (EP) – commonly understood as a household’s inability to secure socially- and materially-necessitated levels of energy services in the home – is prevalent across Europe. More than 50 million households in the European Union are struggling to attain adequate warmth, pay their utility bills on time, and live in homes free of damp and mould. These conditions adversely affect people’s health and well-being. Recognition of EP is growing across Europe, and the issue has been identified as a policy priority by a number of EU institutions, including the Energy Union Framework. Yet there has been a chronic lack of integrated discussion and interpretation of the problem within relevant scientific and policy communities. This has prevented the development of systematic understandings and effective policy responses. The core aim of this Action is to radically transform the extent and depth of scientific knowledge about EP in Europe. It will generate a step change in how EP is theorised, detected and addressed. This will be achieved by establishing multidisciplinary collaborations at the nexus of several domains in which EP has been treated separately to date – human geography, energy studies, economics, sociology and political science. The Action will also produce innovative methods for knowledge exchange among academics, public policy officials, civil society and representatives of vulnerable households, while fostering a new generation of scholars. It will offer a unified platform to harness the analytical insights and resources produced by the large but highly fragmented landscape of funded research projects on EP in Europe.