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Assistant Researcher

Irina Gomes

research interests

Urban Studies, Urban Planning, Environmental Planning, Civil Society Participation

Short Bio

Irina Gomes is a portuguese architect and enthusiastic environmentalist. She studied Sustainable Cities after her graduation in Architecture. She worked at the studio Varela Gomes architects and had several other professional experiences related with communication, Open Source technologies and non-governamental organizations. Also, lived and worked as an architect in São Paulo, Brazil, in 2015. 
She is currently working on her PhD thesis in Urban Studies (ISCTE and FCSH-UNL) through a PhD Scholarship awarded by FCT. Her research focuses in comparing the territorial planning with the constructed reality.

research project at dinâmia'cet-Iscte

The current growth of the world population and its concentration on cities, as well as the exploitation of natural resources make it imperative to rethink the future of human action on the territory - once its consequences transcend the intentions that mobilized it at first place. Understanding – or trying to clarify - the nexus between intentions, actions and consequences of Territorial Planning on Constructed Reality will make it possible to explain the cumulative impacts of public policies and individual actions in the transformation of territory and in Human and Environmental Development. The comparative analysis between theory and practice in Portuguese territory will allow us to relate the Constructed Reality to the context in which it was produced, making it possible to rethink its specificity in the global context. Identifying and analysing the main triggers of territorial transformation (planned or not) in Portugal will allow the design of a knowledge base aimed at institutions, academia and, mainly, organized citizens, for the foundation and empowerment of more responsible and sustainable, collective and intergenerational actions.

Link to DINÂMIA'CET-IUL identifying mission:

 The main objective of this research is to contribute to the clarification of space production processes in Portugal based on an empirical analysis. This not only will benefit from the quality that characterizes the structure of D'C as well it aims to contribute to the enrichment of its empirical knowledge on the specificity of the national territory. The orientation of D'C to the application of academic research in real context and the capacity of multidisciplinary approach of the themes, are two of its main characteristics for which this work seeks to contribute. With experience in several projects at local level and having accompanied the production of national policies through her environmental associative collaboration, the author has identified gaps in the development of knowledge about the territory, namely in combining different scales of territorial analysis, in gathering different disciplinary views on the same theme and in the production of reflections from the analysis of data for extensive qualitative readings. It is also within this scope that the described research seeks to complement the vast curriculum of DC.

Main publications

Main projects

Muita Fruta. Details of the project: from October 2016 to September 2017; Adriana Freire (coord.).

Iniciativa para o Potencial Urbano (Urban Potential Initiative). Details of the project: from May to July 2016; Irina Gomes (coord.).

2 de Maio Todos os Dias. Details of the project: from October 2012 to September 2013; Gonçalo Folgado (coord.).

Last update

23 de maio de 2023
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