Former Researcher

Vera Martins

research interests

Housing and the right to the city, Globalization and normativities, Sociology of law

Short Bio

Vera Martins Silva graduated from Law School (University of Lisbon) and holds a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from ISCTE. She is currently a doctoral student in Global Studies Ph.D at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. She was a lawyer, lecturer and educational director of the law faculty of the Catholic University of Mozambique.

research project

​In Portugal the housing market (Bourdieu, 2014) still causes perplexity: 1) the segmentation
between home owners, because some are more protected than
others 2) the asimmetry between dwellings situated at urban centres (which are valuable
fungible assets) and dwellings situated in the outskirts of the city or in rural villages (places of
abandonment increasingly undervalued) and 3) citizen´s feelings of impotence facing boom
& bust cycles, which cause huge instability in the individual and financial state's planning.
New solutions are therefore necessary and “[J]ustice emerges as a therapeutic virtue with
moral superiority which is situated in the ability to repair degraded conditions” (Sandel, 59).
I propose, at D'C, the articulation between academic socio-legal reflection and an
econometric analysis to operationalize legal resources which will help find answers to housing
problems( that contrasting political factions seem not to be able to solve in line with the rule
of law namely foreclosure).

Link to DINÂMIA'CET-IUL identifying mission:


The elaboration of a manual with the title “Housing and real estate in globalisation”, as part of a post-doc project would be an opportunity to conciliate socio-legal analysis with econometric analysis, the last being essential to a European comparative analysis. The European legal regulation must deal in the near future not only with economic constraints, but also with social aspirations (coming from urban centers and peripheries) in the current political context (of significant uncertainty concerning European political priorities).D’C as an interdisciplinary collective of researchers may critically assess risks and opportunities concerning home ownership, studying the potential of real state in intergenerational wealth transmission (and alleviating therefore the necessity of older people’s social protection). Housing as a key-element in the construction of feelings of belonging and the creation of a better future will not be ignored.At a Portuguese-speaking world level, the inevitable growth of home ownership in the Lusophone countries (especially Luanda and Maputo) requires from D’C academic reflection capable of justifying and promoting the debate about higher standards of technical and architectural quality in this expansion. Academic reflection within the Lusophony, concerning the rehabilitation of colonial buildings with high historical and symbolic value, will allow the consolidation of historical bonds through the Lusophone´s cultural heritage empire.

- Ferreira, A, Mendes, A & Martins, V, “A Universidade Católica de Moçambique no contexto internacional: uma breve reflexão” Revista da Faculdade de Educação e Comunicação - "Desafios da Educacão: Leituras actuais", pp 1-38, Editora Década das Palavras, Porto. [artigo na revista da UCM em co-autoria com o Reitor da UCM, Prof. Doutor Pe. Alberto Ferreira]

Main publications

Main projects

Evaluation of the effectiveness and efficiency of collective redress mechanisms in the European Union - Portugal, encomendado pela Comissão Europeia à Civic Consulting Alleweldt & Kara GbR; Coordenação do projecto: Lisa Tortell (DINÂMIA-ISCTE);

omestic work and domestic workers: Interdisciplinary and compared perspectives (Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia); Coordenação do projecto: Pierre Guibentif e Lisa tortell (DINÂMIA-ISCTE)

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