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Assistant Researcher

Sebastião Santos

research interests

Territorial transformation dynamics / Public Policies and Strategic Planning / Prospective Risk and Cenarization / Public Participation Processes / Mapping Using New Technologies (ICT / Multimedia)

Short Bio

Landscape Architect (ISA-UTL, 2011). Master with the theme: 'The challenges of contemporary reality as an opportunity to create landscape'. In 2007 joins the team responsible for the pole ‘landscape’ in the first Triennale of Architecture of Lisbon. Between 2008-2011 collaborates with landscape architecture studios: Topiaris, Global, Proap in the design of public/private spaces as well as in territorial planning. In 2012 co-develops "Rio Project - Development and valorization of Tavira" with Chão de Gente ONG (of which he is co-founder) within the framework of the European Places - Cities for Scientific Culture platform.Since 2012 collaborates with the research project 'FILARQPAIS, Filosofia e Arquitectura da Paisagem’ (Centre of Philosophy at Universidade de Letras de Lisboa). Since 2013 integrates the research team of 'Periurban' research project as a research assistant (DINAMIA'CET-IUL). Since is a member of the editorial board of the review ‘Estudo Prévio’ (Research center of Architecture, City and Territory at Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa). Also teaches Landscape project module within the discipline of Ethics and Aesthetics of Landscape (Instituto Superior de Agronomia -UTL). In 2016 collaborates in the research project "O lugar do discurso" (DINAMIA'CET-ISCTE-IUL) and in the European project Marie Curie «Crossing borders - Knowledge, innovation and technology transfer across borders» (DINAMIA’CET-ISCTE-IUL). In this context carries out a research internship in the Center for the Study of Science Policy (CSSP) at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi (India). Since 2016, he has been a PhD fellow in Architecture of the Metropolitan Contemporary Territories (ISCTE-IUL / DINAMIA'CET) with the theme "Wild Brave Future. Urban planning in the context of uncertainty, bridges between the vulnerable city and the desired city" 

research project at dinâmia'cet-Iscte

The PhD Project aims to research contemporary urban processes of territorial inequality. Taking into account a set of territories in Lisbon Metropolitan Area where social, economic, environmental or institutional expulsions occur, we expect to identify the influence of 1) political and economic agendas (national and international), 2) actors (public, private, collective), 3) systems of planning and governance and 4) practices of knowledge production, in the replication of territorial peripheries. The purpose is to establish clues for the definition of a new research framework that allows mapping high geographic definition; typologies of territories that denounce geographical differences, deficits and deprivations (social, economic, environmental, institutional), clarifying the causes of their marginalization in time , identifying the present and future risks to which they are subjected and establishing possible ways for an effective approximation between communities needs and urban planning systems / policies.

Link to DINÂMIA'CET-IUL identifying mission:


The research fits naturally into the scientific identity of D'C, crossing the research axis Cities and Territories with the Governance, Economy and Society axis. It proposes a critical reading of the AML's territory, taking into account its diversity in terms of socio-spatial, environmental, economic or institutional inequality / vulnerability, crossing this contributions with the need to respond to emerging global challenges (political, cultural, technological etc.). It intends to analyze these dynamics taking into account issues related to the way statistical information is produced and made available resulting in visibilities or invisibilities, how research methodologies and knowledge production can expand or hinder our territorial comprehension, and the way planning instruments, governance practices and public policies may promote or reverse inequality processes . It also intends to adopt a holistic view about the role of diverse actors (public, private, collective) in the processes of urban transformation. Mix-methods and an interdisciplinary approach are being used throughout the research.

Main publications

Santos, S. (2010) Sinais de consciência. Os desafios da realidade contemporânea como oportunidade na construção da paisagem. Dissertação

Santos, S. (2012). "Projecto de Paisagem. Uma oportunidade na realidade contemporânea", in Veríssimo Serrão, Adriana (coord.), "Filosofia e Arquitectura da Paisagem. Um manual" pp. 303-313. Ed.Centro de Filosofia da Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa. ISBN/ISNN: 978-989-8553-12-6

Ferreiro, M.F., Santos, S., Costa, P., Pinto, T.C., Colaço, C. (2016) Socio-Economy of Peri-Urban Areas: The Case of Lisbon Metropolitan Area. In Balanced Urban Develompent: Options and Strategies for Liveable Cities (pp. 111-121). Springer International Publishing

Santos, S.; Saldanha, M. (2014) “Ruina com resistência. Um lugar estranho num promontório de desejos” in ARQA 112 – ‘Ruínas Habitadas’ pp. 108-111, Lisboa. ISSN: 1647-077X

Ramos, I.; Ferreiro, M.; Colaço, C.; Santos, S. (2013). Peri-urban landscapes in metropolitan areas: Using transdisciplinary research to move towards an improved conceptual and geographic understanding. AESOP-ACSP 5th Joint Congress -"Planning for Resilient Cities and Regions". 15-19Julho de 2013 (University College, Dublin Ireland)

Main projects

FILARQPAIS – Filosofia e Arquitectura da Paisagem - FCT PTDC/FIL-FIL/100565/2008

PERIURBAN – Áreas Periurbanas perante os desafios da sustentabilidade. Desenvolvimento de Cenários para a Área Metropolitana de Lisboa - FCT PTDC/AUR-AQI/117305/2010

Crossing Borders. Knowledge, Innovation and Technology transfer across borders - Projecto Europeu Marie Currie - Estágio de investigação no Centre for the Study of Science Policy(CSSP), Jawaharlal Nehru University, Nova Delhi (India)

ARTSBANK - Creative milieus at “Margem Sul”: triggering territorial development through co-creation of knowledge

Last update

23 de maio de 2023
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