Sónia Alves is a research fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences of University of Lisbon, Affiliate member of Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge, and a visiting researcher at the BUILD - Department of the Built Environment, Aalborg University, in Copenhagen.
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 since then she has researched extensively on comparative welfare state regimes and the differential impact of urban and housing policies upon social groups and areas within cities.
Between 2018 – January 2020, within the framework of a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, she worked at the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge on the project PLANAFFHO (PLANning for AFFordable HOusing). The research investigated planning and housing activities in three cities (Copenhagen, Lisbon and London), notably how they seek to address problems of housing shortage, affordability, and segregation of housing tenures. More details at:
Sónia is the Principal Investigator of the project SUSTAINLIS - Sustainable urban requalification and vulnerable populations in the historical centre of Lisbon (PTDC/GES-URB/28853/2017), which aim to investigate the effects of housing and urban policies and practices on citizens with high levels of vulnerability. More details at: http://www.ceg.ulisboa.pt/sustainlis/
Her area of expertise includes social geography, housing and planning theory and urban studies. Her current research activity focuses on the evaluation of housing and planning policies.
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|A Lei de Bases da Habitação. As bases do direito à habitação, a tarefa pública de habitação e os seus instrumentos de Execução||Conferência inaugural do Curso de Direito do Urbanismo e da Habitação||07/02/2020|
|Planning policies and affordable housing: A cross-comparative analysis of Portugal, England and Denmark||Conference on the Global Dynamics of Social Policy||25/10/2018|
|Land-use planning and housing – issues of supply and affordability in England and Portugal||Planning Research Conference 2018- Alternative Futures for Planning UK and Ireland||03/09/2018|
|Outcomes of Urban Requalification under Neoliberalism: A critical appraisal of the SRU model||European Sociological Association Research Network 37 (Urban Sociology) - III Midterm Conference Inequality and uncertainty: current challenges for cities||27/06/2018|
|Conceptualising the differences and commonality in spatial planning||Professionalism, Policy and Practice: Exploring the Relationship between Theory and Practice in Housing Studies||11/04/2018|
|Land-use planning and the provision of affordable housing in Portugal||Migrations – Impacts, Law and Spatial Planning 12th Annual Conference of the International Academic Association on Planning, Law, and Property Rights||23/02/2018|
|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||14/07/2017|
|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||11/07/2017|
|The quest for social mix: the Copenhagen experience||Cities for Us: engaging communities and citizens for sustainable development / Cidades para Nós:envolver comunidades e cidadãos no desenvolvimento sustentável||02/06/2016|
|The Role of the Welfare State and Housing Policies as a Medium and Outcome of Rising Inequalities in the Cities||Building Bridges: Cities and Regions in a Transnational World||05/04/2016|
|Políticas de Habitação em Portugal: tendências recentes e cenários futuros||1º Encontro de Prospetiva "Pensar o futuro, preparar a mudança"||11/09/2015|
|Social housing in Portugal and Denmark: a comparative perspective||ENHR, Lisboa, 2015||01/07/2015|
|Affordable housing and urban regeneration in Portugal: a troubled tryst?||ENHR, Lisboa, 2015||29/06/2015|