Manuel Garcia-Ruiz (main convenor) | twitter: @vanhoben

He is a Research Assistant at CIES-IUL and an Associated Researcher at IS-FLUP. He pursues his PhD in Sociology at ISCTE-IUL, supported by Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). He has a particular interest in Light Festivals as instruments for the territorial development of Portuguese secondary cities (medium and small) through the creation of a highly competitive and specialized creative tourism. He is also an advisory member (international festival advisor) of Spectrum Network. CoEditor of Etno.Urb Network and Director of UAF.

Carolina Henriques  (coordinator)

She is an Anthropologist and a Research Assistant at DINAMIA’CET, currently pursuing a joint PhD in Urban Studies at ISCTE-IUL and FSCH-UNL. Carolina is currently studying how certain hybrid, emergent creative urban areas materialize unique conceptualizations of utopian ideals by comparing a case in Aarhus, Denmark with other experiences worldwide. Due to her particular interest in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary methods. Carolina is an active member of the Aarhus University’s research group Urban Orders and the co-founder of ISCTE-IUL’s first Laboratory of Urban Studies.

Ana Sofia Oliveira (organiser)

She is a Sociologist and a Research Assistant at DINAMIA’CET, currently pursuing a joint PhD in Urban Studies at ISCTE-IUL and FSCH-UNL. With the support of the Foundation for Science and Technology, Ana is studying the processes of building musical careers in the independent scene and their connection with urban space and with local cultural policies in the metropolitan areas of Lisbon and Porto. Due to her research interests, Ana has integrated several national and international projects in the scope of the musical scenes and cultural practices and policies.

Alessandro Colombo (organiser)

Urban planner and PhD student in Public Policies at ISCTE-IUL. He was research assistant at IGOT-ULisboa for the project “exPERts – Making sense of planning expertise: housing policy and the role of experts in the programa Especial de realojamento (PER)”. His main research interest is multilevel and collaborative governance for the reduction of poverty in distressed urban areas. He worked in several research project at international level, focused on urban development in informal settlements.

Ana Catarina Ferreira (organiser)

She is a Research Assistant at CIES-IUL where she pursues a PhD in Urban Studies and integrates the team of the research project ‘exPERts’, funded by FCT. Her PhD project is part of the ‘exPERts’ and focuses on the role of architects in the implementation of the PER – Programa Especial de Realojamento (Special Rehousing Program) in the Lisbon and Porto Metropolitan Areas. Her main interest is to understand how they constructed their choices in the processes of urban and architectural design and how the different urban contexts influenced their capacity to act.

Henrique Chaves (organiser)

He is currently finishing his MA in Sociology at FSCH-Lisbon. His research is focused on Social Communities and Social Dynamics. He has a special interest in the field of Urban Studies, specially on social movements, public art, urban art and graffiti; but as well on the different types of living and mobilities. He conducts his research from a “right to the city” perspective. Henrique is also a member and coordinator of an anti-racism association named FAR (Frente Anti-Racista) and Co-Director of UAF.

Sebastião Ferreira de Almeida (organiser)

Landscape Architect currently pursuing his PhD in Architecture of Contemporary Metropolitan Territories at ISCTE-IUL, DINAMIA’CET supported by Foundation for Science and Technology. Sebastião is studying how urban vulnerability is linked to ‘invisible territories’ frequently produced by the formal exercise of planning, legislating and governing. He has integrated several national and international projects and realized research exchanges (namely in New Delhi, India) related to a critical review of urban planning and public polices, urban vulnerability, transdisciplinary processes of knowledge production, sustainability evaluation and scenario development.

Rui Santos (production)

He is a PhD Student at the Sheffield School of Architecture and Research Assistant at CIES-IUL. His research aims at rethinking spatial practices within the ongoing debates around the (Mis)Anthropocene/Capitalocene/Plantationocene: as part of wider socio-political struggles objecting to growth (degrowth, buen vivir, etc…), STS’s (Science and Technology Studies) ‘ecologising’ propositions and feminist concerns on transknowledging.