“[Human-Animal studies] is definitely a field where there is so much to be done, due to the massive amount of suffering with anthropogenic causes faced by nonhuman animals. This is undoubtedly a source of distress. However, it also means that we can still make a difference. Therefore, the field is also one in which, under the right conditions, we occasionally get to convert sorrows into opportunities for social change.
[…] While the road walked so far seems hopeful and thriving, it is nevertheless hindered by the permanent shadow of precariousness that overlies Portuguese academia, affecting even more those working at the margins.”
– Verónica Policarpo é investigadora no ICS-ULisboa com formação em estudos de comunicação e sociologia, especializada na área estudos humanos-animais. Coordena o Human-Animal Studies ICS (HAS-Hub), o curso de pós-graduação Animais e Sociedade, e a Escola Internacional de Verão em Estudos Humano-Animais. A partir de Maio de 2023, irá coordenar o projecto ABIDE – Animal Abidings: recovering from disasters in more-than-human communities