CfP: The Lisbon Early-Career Workshop in Urban Studies. 29/11-02/12, 2021

We are happy to announce that the first edition of the Lisbon Early-Career Workshop in Urban Studies, organised in collaboration with the AESOP YA Network and postponed because of the pandemic conjuncture, will take place from November 29 to December 02, 2021. Attending to the persistence of travel restrictions for participants outside Europe, this first edition will be held online – with max three hours / day of activities.

The topic of the first edition is Urban Futures, Urban Transitions.

The call is now open (deadline 30 August 2021) for ~10/15 available seats. Please find the full details on the event and call for paper here.


Researching Territories in Pandemic Times. June 24, 2021, 3pm

The Urban Transitions Hub from ICS-ULisboa and DINÂMIA’CET – ISCTE welcome you to the online seminar on the changing shape of Territories and Territoriality within and beyond the current condition. Please join us and the authors of the recently published book Animated Lands. Studies in Territoriology (University of Nebraska Press).

Coordination: Andrea Pavoni (DINÂMIA’CET – ISCTE; Urban Transitions Hub)


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Animated Lands. Studies in Territoriology introduces us to a science and topology of territory which seeks to rethink the concept of territory away from its historical fetishisation as mere space, tracing a trajectory which is also different from contemporary directions in geographical thinking wherein territory is assumed as an inert, static and merely extensive domain. Instead, with speculative craft and ingenious examples, Andrea Mubi Brighenti and Mattias Kärrholm foreground an understanding of territory that is able to account for its intensive, animated and becoming nature. This seminar aims to discuss the premises of the book within and beyond the current pandemic condition.


  • Andrea Mubi Brighenti (University of Trento)
  • Mattias Kärrholm (Lund University)


  • Andrea Pavoni (DINÂMIA’CET – ISCTE; Urban Transitions Hub)
  • Francisco Klauser (University of Neuchâtel)

Housing in Europe, from Financialization to Mobilization – June 9 and June 17, 2021

The Urban Transitions Hub of ICS-ULisboa organises two online events to discuss past, present and future trajectories of housing in Europe, moving from a critical analysis of historical trajectories of housing financialization toward a prospective reflection on housing struggles in times of, and beyond, Covid-19.

Event 1, June 9: Presentation of the report “Financialization of Housing in Southern Europe: Policy Analysis and Recommendations” (with Manuel B. Aalbers, Melissa García Lamarca, Sonia Arbaci, Thomas Maloutas).

Event 2, June 17: Webinar “Housing Crisis and Social Mobilization in Times of Covid-19” (with Miguel Martinez, Marco Allegra, Margherita Grazioli, Armin Kuhn).

Details of the two events below.

Coordination: Luisa Rossini and Simone Tulumello (ICS-ULisboa, Urban Transitions Hub).

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LisGreen Life-Lab – Projeto H2020 CONEXUS – 12 março 2021

Em 12 de março é lançado o LisGreen Life-Lab no âmbito do Projeto H2020 CONEXUS, que tem na sua base a interação entre a  investigação, a ação e a política pública urbana. O seu principal  objetivo é produzir, estruturar e partilhar conhecimento contextualizado através da co-criação de Soluções Baseadas na Natureza (SBN) para apoiar o restauro de ecossistemas urbanos. Continue reading “LisGreen Life-Lab – Projeto H2020 CONEXUS – 12 março 2021”

Thinking and Researching Urban Futures amid a Pandemic – online seminar – November 18, 2020

November 18, 2020; 2-5PM (Lisbon time)

Online event:

The Urban Transitions Hub of ICS-ULisboa and the AESOP Young Academics Network are happy to invite you to an online seminar in preparation of the Lisbon Early-Career Workshop in Urban Studies (postponed to 2021 because of the Covid-19 pandemic).

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Desassossego [disquiet]: reflecting on being academics during the Covid-19 pandemic

Another collective post by the UTH, published on the blog of AESOP YA: what it means to be (critical) scholars in times of pandemic?

AESOP Young Academics

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Guest authors: Urban Transitions Hub (UTH) (Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon)

Editor’s note: This post is an engaging contribution by the members of UTH, including the founder and former editor-in-chief of the YA blog. 

With this collective post, the Urban Transitions Hub wants to contribute to the debate about what it means to be a social scientist today, and what it might mean in the medium term. Perhaps aptly, we began this reflection on April Fools day (April 1st) during our first online meeting amid Covid-19 lockdown measures. We came together somewhat unsure of how and what to share between us, realising that ‘business as usual’ was not an option, and soon finding that we were searching for a space where we could discuss our collective desasossego (Fernando Pessoa’s disquiet) and unease triggered by the way the pandemic was affecting our…

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Pandemia e inquietação nas ciências sociais: Uma reflexão do Urban Transitions Hub, no Instituto de Ciências Sociais

The UTH colelctively published a post, in Portuguese, which is a collective reflection on the personal and collective impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on our personal and academic life.

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Por Urban Transitions Hub

Os membros do Urban Transitions Hub pretendem contribuir para o debate sobre o que significa, e o que pode representar a médio prazo, ser um/a académico/a nas ciências sociais face à pandemia que enfrentamos nos dias de hoje. Este texto apresenta-se como um exercício contínuo de autorreflexão em tempos de Covid-19, o qual não pretende esgotar as nossas inquietações, mas sim começar a dar-lhes voz.


Aparentemente, parece que estamos perante uma tempestade perfeita. Uma tempestade que gera inquietação, mas também sentimentos de confusão e luta. Para muitos/as de nós, esta crise representa uma aceleração de padrões sociais já existentes, assim como de tendências que são críticas há já muito tempo. Problemas e contradições das nossas sociedades têm vindo a acumular-se nas últimas décadas, e a pandemia parece oferecer-lhes um novo e dramático desenlace ao mesmo tempo que novos “monstros em ascensão”, como alguns…

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