Sinead Marian D’Silva shedling some light on youth negotiation of tourism in Goa and Lisbon


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Sinead Marian D’Silva is a research fellow at ICS-ULisboa. We are pleased to introduce you to her study – Youth negotiation of tourism-based employment in Goa and Lisbon – funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, through a ‘Widening Fellowship’, accepted for funding via the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – Individual Fellowship scheme. The project has the scientific supervision of Dr. Vitor Sérgio Ferreira.

Sinead, tell us about your research project…
My research is on young people working in tourism in Goa and Lisbon, while being ‘local’ to either respective place. In both locations, reactions by ‘locals’ to tourism are represented as either highly contested or completely endorsed as both economies are geared towards the industry. As I begin my research, I hope to understand why young people decide to work in tourism and how they negotiate their participation in it. This includes who they are in society, how they perceive their futures and their relationship with place.

What excites you most about this research plan?
I suppose this is two-fold. In terms of academic interests, the focus on youth futures is a continuation of my previous work. The consideration of it within a contentious industry allows me to take further an interest I have as a researcher, in the empirical sense, as I must confront perspectives that may be different from mine or are not popularly presented. I must then treat them in the way that those narrating them intended while simultaneously maintaining a critical perspective. There is also a personal aspect to it which I will speak later…

Did the global pandemic situation influenced your initial research design? How?
The current pandemic has definitely had an impact on the initial plan for my research. It has sent my fieldwork for a toss – I had just started in March – and made me re-construct it to be back-to-front. My fieldwork has been delayed further by a need to re-apply for ethical clearance – understandably so.

At the moment how are you trying to solve difficulties?
I would not call these difficulties, but rather inconveniences, mostly bureaucratic ones. I suppose such times call for a mobilizing of ‘Plan B’. As social researchers, we are usually prepared to eat some humble pie and realize that circumstances change and our ‘dream project’ may not play out as planned. In practical terms this has meant that rather than starting off with observations and encountering participants ‘organically’, I need to have a virtual approach to contacting people, using the networks I have and my own knowledge. In addition to virtual interviews which will be flexible, I have included a diary method for participants to go their thoughts and experiences in multiple ways, including sharing social media posts they might feel demonstrate this, doing videos, voice messages, and so on. The uptake is yet to be known as I await amended ethical clearance, but if anyone would like to help, here is a link to share.

How does this research fits into your biographical/academic background?
As said previously, this fits with my academic interests in work, youth futures and place-making. I cannot stress how important it is to have some sense of financial stability – even if temporary – when doing research. I feel a sense of confidence and freedom to pursue my work. I hope to demonstrate part of my capacity through this project. On a personal level, following my PhD I feel determined and confident to return to (research about) my home context of Goa. I have also wanted to know more about Portuguese culture and society for a while now, which can perhaps bring me a step closer to understanding my own social and cultural history. It gives me a good opportunity to be critical and appreciative.

Where have you spend most of your life and what would you like to highlight from that place?
I lived in Goa for the most part of my life – in proportion anyway. Following my schooling I lived in Bombay for 7 years and then Leeds in the North of England for 6 years before coming to Lisbon. I am not sure what to say and about which context, but perhaps my research will shed some light on the situation in Goa!

Social scientist/researcher whose disciplinary background is an intersection of Sociology and Geography. Formal academic focus on work, youth futures and a senses of place. Engaged with research and community-based action for social justice and equality, such as being a member of the steering group for the Inequalities Research Network at the University of Leeds.

Follow her on…
Twitter: @CianydeArgentum –

Uma experiência de pesquisa sobre práticas de agricultura urbana em Lisboa

lauraLaura Martins de Carvalho é doutoranda no Programa Doutoral em Saúde Global e Sustentabilidade da Faculdade de Saúde Pública da Universidade de São Paulo (USP), e doutoranda-visitante no ICS-ULisboa (Bolsa CAPES n: 88881.189504/2018-01).

Este post narra minha experiência de pesquisa sobre agricultura urbana (AU) na cidade de Lisboa. Cheguei à capital portuguesa em agosto de 2018 com a preocupação de entender as práticas de agricultura urbana nos bairros sociais da cidade. Isto porque eu já havia realizado pesquisa de campo em uma região socialmente vulnerável de São Paulo, a Zona Leste, e procurava em Lisboa o equivalente socioeconômico à região de investigação da capital paulistana.

Uma vez instalada em Lisboa, tinha a expectativa de ver os parques hortícolas “em pleno funcionamento e com alta produtividade”, mas não sabia que durante os meses de agosto e setembro os residentes lisboetas costumam estar de férias fora de Lisboa. Inicialmente visitei alguns parques hortícolas para me familiarizar com o cenário da AU na cidade (Telheiras, Jardim da Amnistia Internacional, Quinta da Granja e Quinta das Flores) e, como dito anteriormente, àquela altura havia poucos agricultores urbanos a trabalhar na terra. Para que as plantas não morressem no calor, os donos dos talhões pediam a amigos e vizinhos que as aguassem durante o período de férias. Devido às temperaturas elevadas, os agricultores procuravam ir aos talhões depois das 18h00, quando o calor já não era tão forte. Continuar a ler

Cuando el territorio es una herramienta para Trabajo Social: la organización de los cuidados en mayores dependientes en el entorno del hogar en Andalucía (España)

foto.pngMª Ángeles Minguela Recover é professora no Departamento de Derecho del Trabajo y de la Seguridad Social da Universidade de Cádiz e investigadora visitante no ICS-ULisboa.

La vinculación del Trabajo Social y su implicación con el territorio, y viceversa, se transforma en una unión casi indisoluble, desde la intervención profesional hasta la investigación. Entre los referentes que inspiran y justifican mi reflexión sobre la importancia de incorporar la perspectiva territorial a la investigación para trabajo social se encuentran principalmente:

En primer lugar, la precursora Octavia Hill (1838-1912) conocida como la gran reformadora de la política de la vivienda, con la implantación de un sistema de alquileres a bajo precio para familias trabajadoras en la zona Este de Londres (caracterizada porque gran parte de su población que vivía por debajo del umbral de la pobreza).

En segundo lugar, Mary E. Richmond (1861-1928), la referente fundacional de la profesión del trabajo social, en su obra el Diagnóstico Social (1917) dónde describe sistemáticamente el proceso de intervención, desde la recopilación de información personal y social, hasta la evaluación de la actuación profesional, en la que se incorpora y dimensiona dentro del análisis, la dimensión territorial entendida como entorno social habitual de la persona. Continuar a ler

Posicionalidad: descubrir de no ser “tan” joven en el trabajo de campo


Margot Mecca é doutoranda em Geografia e investigadora pre-doctoral da Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, España. É doutoranda visitante no ICS-ULisboa pelo programa Erasmus + (

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Cuando he inserido un apartado dedicado a la “posicionalidad” en mi tesis, ha sido una decisión motivada por un escrúpulo científico, por la voluntad de compartir de manera abierta y clara como había abordado el trabajo de campo. Lo que no me esperaba es que este ejercicio de reflexión terminase por hacerme repensar mi misma identidad, una identidad que tenía también que ver con mi trabajo de investigadora.

Pero finalmente: qué es la posicionalidad? La necesidad de situar el conocimiento, y quien produce tal conocimiento, se ha ido difundiendo en los estudios geográficos a partir de los años ’90, con autoras como Linda McDowell y Kim England. Esta posición nace de la deconstrucción de la idea neo-positivista de una producción objetiva, impersonal y universal del conocimiento: en cambio, lo que tales autores y autoras reivindicaban era la naturaleza intrínsecamente parcial, subjetiva y particular del saber. Un saber que no puede prescindir y aislarse del contexto donde ha sido generado, de las personas concretas que lo han elaborado, de sus identidades y de sus historias, incluso de sus emociones. Continuar a ler