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Prof. José Manuel Mendes
"Invisible Citizenship, de-democratization and public policies"

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The main objective of the project is to analyse the potential of citizenship as a postright, operationalized through the notion of invisible citizenship in the context of disasters and post-disasters. The project intends to deepen the analytical and empirical relevance of the innovative concept of invisible citizenship, aiming to further conceptual and epistemological innovation and to obtain results relevant to public policies. Disasters are used as entry points to reflect on citizenship as the right to have rights in a world of climate change crises and the Anthropocene epoch. The intention is to study how States address the needs of citizens in the occurrence of extreme events, as States appear to be the last resort in guaranteeing the value of goods as well as people’s lives. The project innovative approach, based on the mobilization and application of the distinctive concept of invisible citizenship, facilitates a move beyond the existing approaches and the developing of an epistemological and normative approach that is firmly anchored to qualitative data, is multi-dimensional and integrates different scales of action and policymaking.

José Manuel Mendes is Associate Professor with Habilitation of Sociology at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra, Portugal. He is coordinator of the Risk Observatory at the Centre for Social Studies and Editor-in-Chief of Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais. He graduated in sociology at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities of the NOVA University of Lisbon and obtained his PhD in sociology from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra. He coordinates the PhD Programme Territory, Risk and Public Policies at the University of Coimbra, a joint programme with the Universities of Lisbon and Aveiro. He is also co-coordinator of the Master Programme in Social Dynamics, Natural and Technological Risks, a joint programme of the Faculties of Economics, Humanities and Sciences and Technology, University of Coimbra. He has been co-editor of special issues in the following journals: International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Natural Hazards and International Journal of Disaster Risk Science. His most recent books are (2021) Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk. Amsterdam: Elsevier, edited with G. Kalonji, R. Jigyasu and A. Chang-Richards, and (2021). Demodiversity: Toward post-abyssal democracies. New York: Routledge, edited with Boaventura de Sousa Santos.

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Invisible Citizenship, de-democratization and public policies

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September 28, 2021:
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September 21, 2021:
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September 07, 2021:
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August 24, 2021:
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August 17, 2021:
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August 10, 2021:
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June 15, 2021:
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June 08, 2021:
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May 25, 2021:
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May 18, 2021:
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May 11, 2021:
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April 13, 2021:
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March 30, 2021:
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March 23, 2021:
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February 23, 2021:
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February 16, 2021:
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