Call for abstracts ESA RN37, Bologna, 2-4 September 2020, UTH co-organised sessions

Call for abstract aberta até 3 marco 2020, para a conferência “Urban Theory and Urban Praxis: Past, Present and Possible Futures”

A conferência que vai ter lugar na University of Bologna de 2-4 Setembro, 2020 e é organizada pela European Sociological Association Research Network 37: Urban Sociology (Rede de Investigação em Sociologia Urbana ESA RN37), conta com a participação de diversos elementos do UTH:

  • sessão temática 12 “Urban regeneration: policies and effects” (co-organização de Sónia Alves);
  • sessão 20 “Unlocking inter and transdisciplinary approaches to urban research projects” (co-organização de Roberto Falanga).

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Lobbying: o que podemos aprender com as ONGs de Bruxelas? – 23 Janeiro 2020

O primeiro evento Café com Luta de 2020 regressa ao tema do lobbying, mas desta vez sobre a perspectiva das ONGs que actuam juntas das instituições europeias. Bruxelas é uma das capitais mundiais do lobbying, mas não concentra apenas consultoras e grandes empresas. Milhares de ONGs estão aí sediadas e competem ou colaboram de forma profissionalizada com outros actores da sociedade, sejam empresas, associações ou outras organizações. Assim, temos muito a aprender com elas, por exemplo:
– Como podem as ONGs nacionais influenciar as políticas nas instituições comunitárias?
– O que podem aprender com as suas congéneres europeias de forma a fazer um lobbying eficaz a nível nacional?
– Que estratégias podemos adoptar?

Em diálogo aberto com a audiência, Susana Coroado, investigadora sobre o tema do lobbying e vice-presidente da Transparência Internacional, vem falarmos sobre o que tem aprendido com os seus contactos com as ONGs sediadas em Bruxelas.

PhD scholarships INPhINIT-Retaining / Fundação “la Caixa” / 26.02.2020

Opportunity for 30 scholarships funded by the programme INPhINIT-Retaining, Fundação “la Caixa”, for PhDs in Spain or Portugal in all scientific areas – more details below and at this link (in Portuguese).
UTH is open to supporting applications to the PhD in Development Studies of ULisboa – please contact Olivia Bina, Roberto Falanga or Simone Tulumello for further information.
Deadline: 26 February 2020
Open to young researchers from any nationality.
For PhD programmes in any university or research centre in Spain or Portugal.
The applicant shall have resided or worked/studied in Portugal for at least 12 of the last 36 months.
The PhD programme in which they will enroll shall be in a different university from that of their bachelor/master.

Climate Change, Human Health and Urban Sustainability. New report with Jieling Liu, Luisa Schmidt and Olivia Bina

Hub members Jieling Liu (ed.), Luisa Schmidt (ed.) and Olivia Bina have contributed to a new report on Addressing the Nexus Challenge of Climate Change, Human Health and Urban Sustainability. The study, published on ICS-ULisboa’s series Estudos e Relatórios and available here, summarises the core discussion points and essential outcomes of an Expert Meeting, which took place at the Portuguese Academy of Sciences during 19-20 September 2018.

The Lisbon Expert Meeting was an in-depth inquiry of 15 internationally-known scientists and policy experts on the complex interconnection of uncertain climate change impacts, urban health, and well-being problems and sustainable development, as well as on adaptation strategies and challenges. The meeting report contains three parts: 1) general framing of contexts, 2) review of climate change-health policies, and 3) systems sciences unraveling the nexus between climate change and health, and proposed  science policy pathways.

(Re)Scaling Networks in Portugal and Europe: Towards New Forms of Decision-Making? – November 11, 2019

The international seminar (Re)Scaling Networks in Portugal and Europe: Towards New Forms of Decision-Making? will take place at ICS-ULisboa on November 11, 2019.

This international seminar, co-organised by UTH member Roberto Falanga, will gather local and international networks to discuss their role in Europe. How can local claims get more emphasis and be more effectively heard? How can old and new forms of networking re-scale decision-making?

To answer these questions, scholars, practitioners, decision-makers, as well as associated and non-associated members of civil society are free to join and contribute to the debate.

The seminar is part of “Reclaim Europe!”, a project that the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Portugal develops with multiple local and international partners.


What motivates researchers to become transdisciplinary? Blog post by Olivia Bina et al.

New blog post by Olivia Bina and colleagues, introducing research arising from the INTREPID Cost Action.

Urban research, the focus of UTH, is almost by definition both inter and transdisciplinary – this blog post reflects on the skills and dispositions needed, as well as the far reaching career implications of such research.

If disciplines shape scientific research by forming the primary institutional and cognitive units in academia, how do researchers start being interested in and working with a transdisciplinary approach? How does this influence their career development?

INTREPID Knowledge: Interdisciplinary & Transdisciplinary Research and Collaboration

INTREPID is a recently concluded Cost Action, a 32 country network, led by Olivia Bina, with the overall aim to better understand how to achieve more efficient and effective interdisciplinary research in Europe, in order to enhance our capacity to meet contemporary global (urban) challenges characterised by increasing complexity and uncertainty.

INTREPID’s latest publication is now available online.

INTREPID Knowledge: Interdisciplinary & Transdisciplinary Research and Collaboration is a book that tells the story of INTREPID, and of the journey upon which the network embarked upon. In it, you will find a compendium of highlights from selected works carried out by INTREPID’s three working groups during their 4-year journey, as well as reflections on the experience from the perspective of the participants, and finally – some ideas for an ‘Intrepid future’.