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Integrated Researcher (without Phd)

Marta Martins

research interests

Sociology; Urban Planning; Collaborative Planning and Socio-Territorial Cohesion; Neighboring, Place-making; Urban Morphologies; Epistemology and Methodology of Research in Architecture and Urbanism; Human Development; Social Innovation.Current research issues: Urban Planning as regulatory field and the fostering of social and territorial cohesion; Urbanity; Urban dynamics and forms in contemporary social, territorial and cultural morphogenesis – symbolic and functional relations between the so-called canonic city and extensive diffused settlements in Portugal; Neighboring - propinquity and social distance as critical elements in place-making and public policy.

Short Bio

Sociologist (ISCTE, 2006) and Post-Graduated in Data Analysis for Social Sciences (ISCTE, 2007), my scientific activity covers Sociology and the field of Urban Planning. Within this wide frame, I have worked in diverse institutional contexts, from academic research centers and a State Laboratory to the NGDO field. Issues concerning quality of habitat, collaborative planning and socio-territorial cohesion define the core of the research agenda I’ve been given the chance to tackle. I’m currently developing a PhD in Architecture – Urban Dynamics and Forms by the Faculty of Architecture – University of Porto (FAUP), having been supported by FCT, FAUP and DINÂMIA’CET-IUL.

research project at dinâmia'cet-Iscte

Main publications

PINTO, Teresa Costa; GUERRA, Isabel; MARTINS, Martins; ALMEIDA, Sara (2010), À Tona de Água. Necessidades em Portugal – Tradição e Tendências Emergentes, Lisboa: Tinta-da-China.

GUERRA, Isabel; PINTO, Teresa Costa; MARTINS, Marta; ALMEIDA, Sara; GONÇALVES, Alda (coord.) (2010), À Tona de Água. Retratos de um Portugal em Mudança, Lisboa: Tinta-da-China.

RAPOSO, Rita; COTTA, Diogo; MARTINS, Marta (2012), “Espaço e Confiança: o caso dos condomínios fechados” in Ferreira, José Maria Carvalho (ed.), Sociedade de Confiança. A construção social da Confiança, em Portugal, Lisboa: Escolar Editora, pp. 271-343.

MARTINS, Marta (2013), “Condomínios Habitacionais Fechados: (im)precisões conceptuais. Apontamentos para um debate sobre urbanidade e autonomia, segregação e qualidade de vida” in Revista Sociologia, Porto: Faculdade Letras da Universidade do Porto, Volume XXVI (Julho - Dezembro de 2013), pp. 61-80. (Disponível em:

MARTINS, Marta (2009), “Condomínios Habitacionais Fechados e Qualidade de Vida. Uma discussão (também) sobre a Cidade”, in Cidades. Comunidades e Territórios – nº 19, Lisboa: Centro de Estudos Territoriais do ISCTE, pp. 111-127.

Main projects

“Needs in Portugal – Tradition and Emerging Trends” (Nov. 2007 – Ap. 2010). Project Manager, Researcher. TESE – Associação para o Desenvolvimento (NGDO) in partnership with: Institut of Social Security, IP; Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation; DINÂMIA’CET-IUL; The Young Foundation (UK).

“Plan of Evaluation and Reprogramming of Equipments in Alta de Lisboa (Lisbon)” (Sept. 2008 – Jan. 2009). Researcher. Centre for Territorial Studies of ISCTE - Higher Institute of Business and Labour Sciences (CET-ISCTE).

“Trust Society: the social construction of Trust, in Portugal” (Jul. 2006 – Jun. 2007). Researcher. Research Centre in Economic and Organizational Sociology (SOCIUS-ISEG).

Last update

21 de novembro de 2022
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