Integrated Phd Researcher

Joana Pestana Lages

research interests

Informal Urbanism; Informal Settlements; Spatial Justice; Housing Policies; Participation

Short Bio

Architect, urban researcher, co-founder of the association 'Women in Architecture'. She holds a degree in Architecture (2003) from the Lisbon School of Architecture - University of Lisbon, and a Master of Architecture (2009). In 2017, Joana completed her Ph.D. in Urbanism focused on the challenges of urban interventions on self-produced places in the search for spatial justice.


Joana also worked as architect. Before she established her Estúdio Periférico, Joana worked for several offices like dRMM Architects (London) or Renzo Piano Workshop (Genoa).

research project at dinâmia'cet-Iscte

Lages, J. P. (2017). Questioning (in)Equality. Insights from a Community Kitchen in a Migrant Squatter Settlement in Greater Lisbon. In M. Manuela Mendes, T. Sá, & J. Cabral (Eds.), Architecture and the Social Sciences: Inter- and Multidisciplinary Approaches between Society and Space (pp. 177–196). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-53477-0_12

Main publications

Danny Wildemeersch, Joana Pestana Lages, 2018, The right to the city: The struggle for survival of Cova da Moura, European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults, nº2, Vol 9, pags 193-210, DOI:10.3384/rela.2000-7426.ojs205

Braga, J., Lages, J. P., & Veiga, I. (2018). Quinta da Vitória, a tornar visível o invisível: Uma experiência de arte pública socialmente comprometida. In Arte Pública. Lugar, Contexto, Participação (pp. 187–200). Lisboa: IHA-FCSH.

Raposo, I., Crespo, J. L., & Lages, J. P. (2017). Participatory Approaches in the Qualification of Semi-urbanised Peri-urban Areas: The Case of the Odivelas Vertente Sul Area. In M. Manuela Mendes, T. Sá, & J. Cabral (Eds.), Architecture and the Social Sciences: Inter- and Multidisciplinary Approaches between Society and Space (pp. 151–176). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-53477-0_11

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