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“A tale served as tsunami forecast, saving thousands of lives in an Indonesian community!”

Intangible heritage, especially its dimension related to the knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe, is a force to improve quality of life of communities as well as to respond locally to the social-environmental challenges of the Anthropocene. However, research is needed to advance our understanding of the socio-cultural aspects backing the generation of innovations and heritage-based solutions for environmental hazards mitigation and sustainable development, owing to the community specificity of intangible heritage.

In that sense, my latest research interest focuses on the lifeworld of pastoralists in a context of environmental valorisation of pastoralism. It covers dimensions of human-nature relations, practices and knowledge, cultural valorisation, economic empowerment and environmental resilience.

Sample of recent publications


Sa Rego, Julio; Cabo, Paula; & Castro, Marina (2022). Pastoralism, multifunctionality and environmental agency: insights from mountain sheep pastoralists in Northern Portugal. Journal of Agrarian Change [SJR Q1; IF 2.598].


Sa Rego, Julio (2021). De sol a sol: dois estudos pastoris de prevenção de incêndios rurais. Lisboa: ISCTE-IUL.

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