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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics

Studying at Cambridge

 

Dr Sónia Alves

Biography:

Sónia Alves is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge. She is also a Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences (Instituto de Ciências Sociais), University of Lisbon and at Aalborg University.

Her first degree is a BSc in Geography from the University of Porto (1997). She also holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning (2002, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto) and a PhD in Sociology (2011, ISCTE, University Institute of Lisbon). In September 2012, after being awarded an individual grant by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, she returned to academia and, in the context of a post-doctoral research project, she researched extensively on comparative welfare state regimes and the differential impact of urban and housing policies upon social groups and areas within cities.

Within the framework of her Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, she is currently developing PLANAFFHO. PLANAFFHO (PLANning for AFFordable HOusing) aims to examine how land-use planning contributes to the provision of affordable housing for low-income people and how it has promoted a mix of housing tenures within new developments in three capital cities - Copenhagen, Lisbon, and London - since 2007.

Key Publications

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • Alves, S. & Branco, R. (2018). With or without you: Models of urban requalification under neoliberalism in Portugal. In: eds. S.Aboim, P. Granjo & A. Ramos Changing Societies: Legacies and Challenges, Vol1. Lisbon, Edições Imprensa de Ciências Sociais, 457-479.
  • Branco, R. & Alves, S. (2018): Urban rehabilitation, governance, and housing affordability: lessons from Portugal, Urban Research & Practice, DOI:10.1080/17535069.2018.1510540.
  • Alves, S. (2017) Poles Apart? A Comparative Study of Housing Policies and Outcomes in Portugal and Denmark. Housing, Theory and Society, Volume 34 (2), pp. 221-248.

  • Alves, S. (2017) Requalificação e gentrificação no centro historico do Porto. Scripta Nova. Revista Electrónica de Geografía y Ciencias Sociales, 21 (557), pp. 1-32 (Open Access).

  • Alves, S. (2017) Conflitos institucionais no âmbito da Capital Europeia da Cultura Porto 2001, Finisterra: Revista Portuguesa de Geografia, 104, pp. 39-56 (Open Access).

  • Alves, S. (2016) Spaces of inequality: It's not differentiation, it is inequality! A socio-spatial analysis of the City of Porto. Portuguese Journal of Social Science, 15 (3), pp. 409-431.

  • Alves, S. (2016) Assessing the impact of area-based initiatives in deprived neighborhoods: The example of S. João de Deus in Porto, Portugal. Journal of Urban Affairs, 39 (3), pp. 381-399

  • Alves, S. (2016) Welfare State Changes and Outcomes: the Cases of Portugal and Denmark from a Comparative Perspective, Social Policy & Administration, 49 (1), pp. 1-23.

  • Alves, S. (2015). O mix social no âmbito das políticas de habitação e de regeneração urbana: uma análise comparada internacional, in J. Ferrão & A. Horta (Eds.), Ambiente, Território e Sociedade. Novas Agendas de Investigação (pp. 165-172). Lisboa: ICS. Imprensa de Ciências Sociais.

  • Alves, S. (2012) The Patterns of Unemployment and the Geography of Social Housing, World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology International Science Index, 71, 759-767.

  • Alves, Sónia (2011), Construção, densificação, declínio e demolição de uma área urbana em crise: Uma história de desassossego em torno do abandono e das políticas", Cidades - Comunidades e territórios, 23, pp. 41 - 59.

  • Vázquez, I., Conceição, P., & Alves, S. (2008) The University of Oporto and the process of urban change: an ambiguous relationship, in W. Wievel e D. Perry (editors), Global Universities and. Urban Development: Case Studies and Analysis, M.E.Sharpe, pp. 226-254, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  • Alves, S. (2008), A Geografia do Desemprego no Porto. Comunidades e territórios com maior vulnerabilidade à pobreza e à exclusão social, Cidades - Comunidades e territórios, 16, pp. 43-67, CET, Lisboa.

  • Alves, Sónia (2008), A Diferença que a Participação faz em Iniciativas de Regeneração Urbana, Sociedade e Território, 41, pp. 8-18.

Research Reports and Conference Proceedings

  • Alves, S., P. M. Ferreira, & Azevedo, A. B. (2017). Arrendamento privado em Portugal: uma leitura a partir da regulação das rendas. XI Congresso da Geografia Portuguesa: As dimensões e a responsabilidade social da Geografia, Porto, pp. 315-318. ISBN: 978-989-54030-2-8.

  • Alves, S., & Azevedo, A. (2017). Estratégias de mix social no âmbito das políticas de habitação em Portugal. XI Congresso da Geografia Portuguesa: As dimensões e a responsabilidade social da Geografia, Porto, pp. 537-541. ISBN: 978-989-54030-2-8.

  • Alves, S., & Branco, R. (2017). Models of urban rehabilitation under neoliberalism and austerity: the case of Porto. Spaces of Dialog for Places of Dignity: Fostering the European Dimension of Planning. 30th annual AESOP 2017 Congress, pp. 1839-1851. Lisboa.

  • Alves, S. (2017). Ethnic Housing Segregation and the Roma/Gypsy Population: a Portuguese perspective. Spaces of Dialog for Places of Dignity: Fostering the European Dimension of Planning. 30th annual AESOP 2017 Congress, pp. 1472 – 1480. Lisboa.

  • Allegra M., Tulumello S., Falanga R., Cachado R., Ferreira A.C., Colombo A. & Alves, S. (2017) “Um novo PER? Realojamento e políticas de habitação em Portugal”, Observa Policy Briefs, Lisboa: ICS.

  • Alves, S. (2016) The quest for a social mix – the Copenhagen experience, 12th Symposium of the International Urban Planning and Environment Association, Cities For Us: engaging communities and citizens for sustainable development, Lisbon, June.

  • Alves, S. & Andersen, H. T. (2016). The Role of the Welfare State and Housing Policies as a Medium and Outcome of Rising Inequalities in the Cities, Regional Studies Association Annual Conference, Building Bridges: Cities and Regions in a Transnational World, Karl-Franzens- University, Graz, Austria, April.

  • Alves, S., & Andersen, H. T. (2015), Social housing in Portugal and Denmark: a comparative perspective. European Network for Housing Research, ENHR, Lisboa, July.

  • Alves, S. & Branco, R. (2015), Affordable housing and urban regeneration in Portugal: a troubled tryst?. European Network for Housing Research, ENHR, Lisboa.

  • Ferrão, J., Veludo, R., Alves, S., and others (2014) Relatório Final, Estudo técnico de fundamentação de uma estratégia de reabilitação urbana para o Município de Vila Franca de Xira 2O14-2020, (Final Report, Technical Justification of urban regeneration strategy for the municipality of Vila Franca de Xira 2O14-2020). Vila Franca de Xira: Câmara Municipal de Vila Franca de Xira.

  • Alves, S (2012) “The Patterns of Unemployment and the Geography of Social Housing”, World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology International Science Index, 71, 759-767

  • Alves, Sónia & Nunes, Flávio (2011), To Shuffle and to Give Again’: Construction and Destruction of a Critical Area of Porto, Spaces and Flows: An International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 1.