The research programme of this group includes both theoretical production and applied research in urban studies with the following objectives:
- to develop a theoreticl and methodological framework to the understanding of urban transformation
- to highlight the urban restructuring processes with different analytical perspectives: (i) the competitiveness, criativity and innovation ; (ii) the representations and different ways of space appropriation by cityzens; the socio-spatial fragmentation, cohesion and diversity
- to analyse portuguese experiences of urban regeneration with different resilience levels: waterfronts, old industrial districts, historic centres, deprived neighborhoods
- to inform and evaluate policies under the new strategies for city development and new governance practices' framework.