About / Bio
Rita Pestana is both a Physics Engineer (Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, 2001) and a Social Anthropologist (MRes on Social Anthropology - including Amerindian Studies, University of St Andrews, 2005; Advanced Degree on Social Sciences – speciality on Social and Cultural Anthropology, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, 2007). She has extensive fieldwork experience in the Brazilian Amazon and in Portugal on natural hazards (namely droughts and floods). She is experienced in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies and is interested on interdisciplinary research, natural disasters and risk management. Currently she is finishing the MSc in Engineering Physics with the thesis “Calibration of 2D hydraulic inundation models on the floodplain region of the Lower Tagus River”. She is a grantee at CERENA on the project AD0094, researching the precipitation thresholds for the occurrence of shallow landslides on the Madeira Island.
Research Fellow (without PhD)