Susana Fonseca

Susana Fonseca
University of Lisbon | UL

PhD

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Introduction
Susana Fonseca currently works at University of Lisbon. Susana does research in Sociological Theory. Their current project is 'Caring for children in a world of uncertainties and risks - the integration of the precautionary principle into the practices and routines of families and health professionals'.

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Publications (28)
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To inform its impact monitoring, the LIFE AskREACH project has conducted surveys of more than 14,000 citizens and of some 180 article suppliers. Documenting the results of the empirical work, the report gives insights into consumers’ current awareness related to substances in articles and into companies’ current situation in terms of awareness, imp...
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Policy brief focusing the participation of children and young people in disaster risk reduction in Portugal.
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International agencies and scientific research have been calling for the inclusion of children in disaster preparedness and risk reduction, to hear their voices in order to address their specific needs and vulnerabilities and harness their capabilities in terms of building community resilience. This article assesses the roles ascribed to children i...
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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...
Technical Report
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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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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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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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In the last four decades energy efficiency has become a central element of policy documents and public speeches. Success in promoting energy efficiency has been different across sectors. In households results are often more difficult to obtain and monitor. A conjunction of factors related to agential powers and structural elements - lifestyles, in...
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For decades energy has been considered a central element of political strategies, public speeches, a driver for innovation and technology development (not only by trying to find more sustainable sources of energy, but also by trying to increase efficiency of its use). This conference aims at discussing how it is possible to design cities for people...
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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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Agência e estrutura nas práticas sociais de uso eficiente da energia – a construção social da eficiência energética no sector doméstico
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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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Research conducted by the WHO has been showing that environmental causes are one of the main factors influencing children’s health under five years old. Outdoor and indoor air pollution are among the main risk environmental factors for children living in the developed world. Considering that Alentejo Litoral region has one of the largest industria...
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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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Preterm birth (PTB) and low birth weight (LBW) are one of leading causes of infant mortality and morbidity in the Western countries. Several studies pointed that a decrease of outdoor air quality levels may increase the incidence rates of low birth weight and preterm delivery. Previous studies highlighted an association between the degradation of a...
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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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A entrada de Portugal na UE implicou consequências maiores para as questões ambientais, tanto ao nível político como ao nível da informação. Ao nível político, Portugal inicia nessa altura um processo de acompanhamento das políticas ambientais comunitárias, implicando uma elevação dos seus padrões de exigência e a transposição sistemática dos dispo...
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The present study protocol is designed to assess the relationship between outdoor air pollution and low birth weight and preterm births outcomes performing a semi-ecological analysis. Semi-ecological design studies are widely used to assess effects of air pollution in humans. In this type of analysis, health outcomes and covariates are measured in...

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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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LIFE AskREACH has the overall goal to enhance substitution of SVHC in articles by increasing the market demand for SVHC free articles and supporting industrial actors to identify SVHC in their articles. The project will develop a Europe-wide applicable smartphone app for consumers to launch requests according to REACH Art. 33. The app will be connected to a database with information on SVHC in articles, thereby easing and speeding up the responses by the article suppliers. In addition, a supply chain communication tool for companies to increase their competencies and capacities to comply with REACH will be adapted and promoted.