Our common thematic interest is the diverse set of processes, practices and problems linked to the relentless expansion and reconfigurations of human (and non-human) geographies, resulting in unstable paths towards more sustainable urbanisation.
‘Forward-looking’ – we explore the present of urbanisation (its socio-spatial, socio-technical and ecological conditions, its political struggles and policy action) with a normative tension aimed at thinking, envisioning and shaping more just, inclusive and sustainable futures.
A central point that seeks to connect and radiate – we are based at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon, within the research group Environment, Territory, Society. We participate, cooperate and network with colleagues based in Portugal, the rest of Europe and increasingly worldwide.
Given our focus on urbanisation and sustainable transitions, we inevitably embark on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research (including co-design and co-production), and we strive to ensure an open and interconnected view of problems and solutions. In this sense we will also relate to the global 2030 agenda of Sustainable Development Goals.
Overall, our aim is to explore theory, methods and practices that contribute to the civic remit of more just, inclusive and sustainable cities. We therefore see ourselves as increasingly contributing to key dimensions of a civic university (after John Goddard): sense of purpose, active engagement, holistic approach, sense of place, transparency and accountability – undertaking research that relates more readily to specific circumstances of our cities.
Based at the westernmost edge of continental Europe, at the heart of a metropolis undergoing turbulent transformations, we are interested in thinking, researching and exploring contexts often marginalised by international urban research.