Catia Faria

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Professional category:
Investigador (com bolsa)

Research group(s):
Ética Aplicada


Phone: +34 622 675 693

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Institutional address:

Centro de Ética, Política e Sociedade
Instituto de Letras e Ciências Humanas
Universidade do Minho
Campus de Gualtar
4710-057 Braga

UPF Centre for Animal Ethics
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
08005 Barcelona

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Catia Faria is a postdoctoral researcher of the Foundation for Science and Technology at the Centre for Ethics, Politics and Society at the University of Minho and the coordinator of the Research Group in Applied Ethics of the same centre. She is also a board member of the Centre for Animal Ethics at Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona) and has been a lecturer in Ethics and Sustainability at the same university. 

She works in normative and applied ethics, in particular, in how they relate to the consideration of nonhuman animals. Moreover, she is interested in how distributive principles apply to nonhuman animals and what this entails regarding our reasons to improve their well-being. She is currently in-terested on the impact of our current decisions on future sentient individuals, especially in what regards risks of astronomical suffering. She is also more broadly interested in analytic approaches to the wrongness of discrimination as well as to other moral issues concerning gender and sexuality. 

Her latest publications include “It’s Splitsville: Why Animal Ethics and Environmental Ethics Are Incompatible” (with Eze Paez), American Behavioral Scientist (2019), “A flimsy case for the use of non-human primates in research: a reply to Arnason”, Journal of  Medical Ethics (2017), and “Why we should not postpone awareness of wild animal suffering”, Animal Sentience (2016).

She has a master’s in Cognitive Sciences from the University of Barcelona and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Porto. She has been a visiting student at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Eth-ics at the University of Oxford and at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Santiago de Compostela.


PhD Filosofía Moral, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona). (2016)

Master Ciencias Cognitivas y Lenguaje, LOGOS – Research Group in Logic, Language and Cognition, Universitat de Barcelona (Barcelona) (2010)

Licenciatura em Filosofía, Faculdade de Letras, Universidade do Porto (Porto, Portugal) (2004)

Professional experience:

1/10/16 Postdoctoral researcher, FCT, Centro de Ética, Política e Sociedade, Universidade do Minho (Braga, Portugal).

2015-2017 Lecturer of 'Ética y Sostenibilidad', Barcelona School of Management, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona).

2011-2016 Doctoral researcher FCT, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona).

2011-2016 Associate researcher, Grupo de Teoría Política, Centro de Estudos Humanísticos, Universidade do Minho (Braga, Portugal).

11/18 – 07/19 Visiting researcher, Departament de Comunicació, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, SP.

10/14 – 12/14 Visiting researcher, Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.

07/10 – 09/11 Visiting reseacher, Departamento de Lóxica e Filosofía Moral, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, SP.

Institutional positions:

1/09/18 Coordenadora do Grupo de Investigação em Ética Aplicada, Centro de Ética, Política e Sociedade, Universidade do Minho (Braga, Portugal).

1/01/16 Miembro del consejo científico del UPF Centre for Animal Ethics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona).


  • 2018 - ... (Membro)


    REF.: C492218410-00086421, FCT, 2018-2021. IR.: Pedro Galvão.
  • 2017 - ... (Membro)


    Climate change, denialism and advocacy communication. Discourse and strategies of think tanks in Europe (CSO2016-78421-R), 2017-2020. Ministerio de la Economía y Competitividad, IP: Núria Almirón.
  • 2016 - ... (Membro)


    REF. DER2016-80471-C2-2-R, 2016-2018. Ministerio de la Economía y Competitividad, IPs: Paula Casal, José Luis Martí.
  • 2014 - 2016 (Coordenador)


    REF. 2014 SGR 626, 2014-2016. AGAUR. IP: Josep Joan Moreso i Mateos.
  • 2013 - 2016 (Membro)


    REF. DER2013-48066-C2-2-R), 2013-2016.Ministerio de la Economía y Competitividad, IPs: Paula Casal, Serena Olsaretti.



  • Faria, C. (2018). A flimsy case for the use of non-human primates in research: a reply to Arnason. Journal of Medical Ethics 44, 332-333.
  • Faria, C. (2016). Why We Should Not Postpone Awareness of Wild Animal Suffering. Commentary on Ng on Animal Suffering. Animal Sentience 2016.091.
  • Faria, C. (2016). Lo personal es político: feminismo y antiespecismo. Revista Latino Americana de Estudios Críticos Animales, Vol. 3 (N.2), 18-38.
  • Faria, C. (2015). Women, Nature and Nonhuman Animals: Natural Allies?. Review of Adams, Carol J., Gruen, Lori, Ecofeminism. Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth (New York: Bloomsbury, 2014), Ethical Perspectives Vol. 22 (3), 469-473.
  • Faria, C. (2015). Disentangling Obligations of Assistance. A reply to Clare Palmer. Relations, Vol. 3 (2), 211-218.
  • Faria, C. (2015). Making a Difference on Behalf of Animals Living in the Wild: Interview with Jeff McMahan. Relations 3 (1), 81-84.
  • Faria, C., Paez, E. (2015). Animals in Need. Relations 3 (1), 7-13.
  • Faria, C., Paez, E. (2014). Anthropocentrism and Speciesism: Conceptual and Normative Issues. Revista de Bioética y Derecho, N 32, 82-90.
  • Faria, C. (2014). Equality, Priority and Nonhuman Animals. Dilemata 14, 225-236.
  • Faria, C., Cabrita, M. J. (2013). Equality, Democracy and Welfare. Diacrítica Vol. 27 (N. 2), 7-14.
  • Faria, C. (2013). Differential Obligations Towards Others in Need. Review of Palmer, Clare, Animal Ethics in Context (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010), Astrolabio 15, 242-246.
  • Faria, C. (2012). Muerte entre las flores: el conflicto entre el ecologismo y la defensa de los animales no humanos. Vientosur 125, 67-76
  • Faria, C. (2011). Sobre o bem de tudo e de todos: a conjunção impossível entre ambientalismo e libertação animal. Ágora V. 30 (N. 2), 27-41.
  • Faria, C. (2011). Pessoas não humanas: a consideração moral dos grandes símios e outras criaturas. Diacrítica Vol. 25 (N. 2), 35-50.
  • Faria, C. (2010). Especismo e libertação animal: a reconciliação possível. Review of Zamir, Tzachi, Ethics and the Beast: A Speciesist Argument for Animal Liberation (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007), Telos 18, 109-120.

Book chapters

  • Faria, C.; Paez, E. (2019). Why Environmentalism Cannot Beat Denialism”. In N. Almiron, J. Xifra (eds.). Climate Change Denial and Public Relations: How strategic communication contributes to climate inaction. New York: Routledge, forthcoming.
  • Faria, C., Horta, O. (2019). Welfare Biology. In B. Fisher (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Animal Ethics, New York: Routledge, forthcoming.
  • Faria, C.; Paez, E. (2019). It’s Splitsville: Why Animal Ethics and Environmental Ethics Are Incompatible. In Faria & Almiron (eds.). American Behavioral Scientist.

  • Faria, C. (2018). The Lions and the Zebras: Towards a New Ethics of Environmental Management in African National Parks. In Ebert and Roba (eds.), Africa and Its Animals, Pretoria: Unissa Press.
  • Faria, C. (2016). Igualdad, prioridad y animales no humanos. In Iván Gaitán & Darío Ávila (ed.). Política Animal(ista). Desde Abajo Ediciones, Bogotá, 327-340.
  • Faria, C. (2015). Egalitarismus. In Arianna Ferrari & Klaus Petrus (ed.). Lexikon der Mensch/Tier-Beziehungen, Transcript, Bielefeld.
  • Faria, C., Horta, O. (2015). Wilde Tiere. In Arianna Ferrari and Klaus Petrus (ed.). Lexikon der Mensch/Tier-Beziehungen, Transcript, Bielefeld.

Proceedings papers

  • Faria, C. (2015). Dinámica de poblaciones y sus implicaciones para la ética de la gestión ambiental. Actas del I Congreso Internacional de la Red Española de Filosofía 17, 15-24.

Other publications


  • 2017 - EQUAL-IST,

    Horizon 2020, European Union. Main researchers: Isabel Ramos, Victor Barros. Representante del Instituto de Letras e Ciencias Humanas, Universidade do Minho.

    Effective Altruism Funds – Animal Welfare. IPs: Persis Eskander, Ozzy Brennan, Georgia Ray. Asesora externa