Mônica Mesquita

Ph.D. in Education Science


Researcher at NOVA School of Science and Technology (NOVA SST)

Coordinator of OLO – Ocean Literacy Observatory


Mônica Mesquita (MM) is R4 Leading Researcher at NOVA University Lisbon (NOVA) and integrated researcher at the MARE Centre, in which she is founder and coordinator of Ocean Literacy Observatory. On the last 5 years she is lecturer and advisor on the Masters and PhDs courses at NOVA School of Science and Technology | FCT NOVA and invited lecture at Mathematics Education Master Course at Universidad de Granada, as well as collaborative researcher in the GEPEm/Brazil, and in the ATINER. She has the first degree in Pure Mathematics, with a minor in mathematics teaching and curriculum, and a Master in Mathematics Education; both in Pontifícia Universidade Católica – São Paulo/Brazil. Having the urbanity as a major research theme, she found in the Ethnomathematics and in the Socioanthropology of Mathematics an holistic theoretical framework to work with children in street situation and indigenous people, both in Brazil. In Portugal, since 2001, she was researcher in European projects of technological education: ModellingSpace (IST-2000-25385) and DALEST (224269-CP-1-2005-CY-MINERVA-M). Mônica was awarded a international grant to develop her PhD in Education Science from Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT). In 2012, she was the principal researcher at Urban Boundaries: The dynamic of cultural encounters in communitarian education – a scientific national project, supported by FCT, in which she has worked with local communities (Fishing and Multicultural Slum), developing the concept of Communitarian Education. She is the co-founder researcher of EmF – CNPq/Brazil, and member at ISA / RC54 – Body in the Social Science e TG11 – Violence and Society, and Marine Social Sciences Network. She was the main researcher of Smart Fishing Project and national main researcher of Partibridges Project. Currently, she is researching in: (1) PESCARTE Project – Gender and political Flows in the Environmental Communitarian Education, Pt; (2) Indigenous and Fishing’s Environmental Communitarian Education; Bi-lateral research Br/Pt; (3) DJAMBADON DI MUNTUDO NA BISSAU – Waste co-management in Tchada – Guinea Bissau; and (4) Blue Production in artisanal fishing communities – Waste kitchen and the valorisation of species with low or no market value; (5) Marine Science, Technology, and Society Educational Programme – implementation of a Post-graduation course in marine area.