Filipa Soares

Geography and the Environment (2014 cohort)

My DPhil research is focused on the practical and socio-political implications of rewilding and process-oriented thinking to the governance of ecological processes and disturbances. Using theoretical insights from process and relational ontologies, more-than-human geographies, and political ecology, it aims to analyse how disturbance ecologies are conceived, the underlying knowledge practices, and the politics of managing disturbances, mapping the different and conflicting social, economic and cultural values associated with working with natural processes.

It draws on three case studies in Britain - New Forest (Hampshire), Trees for Life (Scotland) and Knepp Estate (West Sussex) - complemented with the analysis of broader scientific and policy literatures, as well as interviews with scientists and decision-makers at a national scale.

Prior to starting the DPhil, I worked as a research assistant in two projects: one focused on social attitudes towards renewable energies in Portugal, the other on landscape and wildlife representations in Portuguese literature. I also did an internship at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, with whom I further collaborated as a translator. I completed my Masters in Anthropology, Nature and Conservation, and my undergraduate degree in Anthropology, both at the New University of Lisbon.