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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 current research focuses on the perception of pastoralists on climate change in mountain areas from an anthropological perspective. I currently do an ethnography in the Montesinho Natural Park, Portugal, with local shepherds and goatherds in the frame of an interdisciplinary project on the adaptative responses of pastoralism to climate change.

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.