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Joana Formosinho

Joana Formosinho

Joana is a zoologist with a passion for exploring ways of knowing that are at once relational and rigorous, and do not objectify living subjects. As a research student at the University of Cambridge, Joana spent time with baboons in the Namibian semi-desert. Tracking a troop dawn to dusk, day after day, she aimed to understand how their behaviour evolved in relation to landscape over evolutionary time. It was here, human and non-human primate taking step after step together through an inhospitable landscape, that Joana first glimpsed a rich world of understanding that comes from active participation in life: following the eyes of another and letting them tell us what matters to them, letting facts inhabit living stories.

Joana's career has included applied animal behaviour research at the Universities of British Columbia and Bristol, as well as work as a writer for the animal welfare NGO sector and developer of science training courses for the business sector. In 2013/14, Joana arrived at Schumacher College as a student on the Holistic Science MSc, specialising in Goethean Science. Joana teaches on two of the Masters programmes; she also facilitates wildfulness workshops, bringing people closer to the parts of themselves that awaken through contact with hills, soils, roots and leaves.