Academic Qualifications

Ph.D. Ecology (Human-Environment Interactions specialization), 2009 – Colorado State University – Fort Collins, USA

B.Sc. (Hons) Wildlife Management, 1998 – Centre for Wildlife Management, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Degree in Biologia Aplicada aos Recursos Animais, 1998 – Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal

Biographical Information

Joana’s research focuses on changing African social-ecological systems and local knowledge thereof among natural resource dependent communities. Her Ph.D. (Colorado State University, USA) investigated cultural models of evolving wildlife-human relationships and non-economic values of wildlife in a pastoralist society in transition in Kenya Maasailand, and implications for conservation. Working at the intersection of environmental anthropology, conservation studies and political ecology, her postdoctoral research has focused on environmentalist discourse, conservation politics and conflicts for access to natural resources in a Bissau-Guinean protected area. In recent research projects on local knowledge of climatic and social-ecological changes among Kenyan pastoralist and Guinea-Bissau farming communities, she has engaged local community members as research collaborators through a variety of participatory (audio)visual research ​approaches that have allowed to share local insights on and experience of rapid environmental changes with the general public (i.e., participatory photo exhibits and filmmaking) and local policy-makers​.

Key Publications

Roque de Pinho, J. & Galvin, K. (2015). “Maasai Voices on Climate Change (and other changes too)”: Participatory video and communication about environmental changes in the East African rangelands. In Brites, M. J., Correia Santos, S. & Jorge, A. (eds.), Metodologias participativas: Os media e a educação (pp. 235-248). LabCom Books.

Roque de Pinho, J., Grilo C., Boone, R. B., Snodgrass, J. G. & Galvin, K. A. (2014). Influence of aesthetic appreciation of wildlife species on attitudes towards their conservation in Kenyan agropastoral communities. PLoS ONE (2), e88842. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0088842

Roque de Pinho, J. (2013). Shooting Climate Change in the Maasai Mara: Aesthetics and Expectations in Participatory Filmmaking with Kenyan Pastoralists. Anthropology Now 5 (2), 74-86. DOI: 10.5816/anthropologynow.5.2.0074

Goldman, M. J., J. Roque de Pinho, J. & J. Perry. (2013). Beyond Ritual and Economics: Maasai Lion Hunting and Conservation Politics. Oryx 47 (04), 490-500. DOI: 10.1017/S0030605312000907

Roque de Pinho, J. (2011). Maasai Voices on Climate Change (and other changes, too). (Society for Visual Anthropology’s 2013 Jean Rouch Award for Collaborative Filmmaking).

Publications

de Pinho, J.R. (2016) "Portraits of change by farmers in Southern Guinea-Bissau", Visual Ethnography, 5 (1), 161-185.

de Pinho, J.R. (2016) "Beautiful and Ugly Animals in Kenya Maasailand: Why beauty matters for biodiversity conservation in Africa", Progress 2 - Ciências Sociais e Desenvolvimento em África, Lisboa: CEsA-ISEG, 96-117.

de Pinho, J.R., K. Galvin (2015) "“Maasai Voices on Climate Change (and other changes too)”: Participatory video and communication about environmental changes in the East African rangelands", In Brites, M. J., Jorge, A. & Correia Santos, S., (eds.) Metodologias participativas: Os media e a educação , (pp. 235-248). LabCom Books.