PhD projects

Carolina Ramos

Walkability as an instrument of integration of wellbeing public policies

Carolina’s research looks forward to the approach of walkability, its definition, origin and constraints; walkability inserted in the context of TOD; walkability as a public policy; the different systems of urban management to promote walkability integrated with other public policies in other to increase wellbeing and Health in urban environments.
From this research, it looks forward to confront walkability with the use of the automobile in the urban territory and compare with reality in others European similar contexts. In this way, it would be found some succeed practices of the increment of the pedestrian mobility in urban masterplans and urban mobility masterplans, seeking the applicability in governmental contexts.


Drielle Vargas Nunes

Percursos Urbanos: A percepção ambiental do espaço do ir.


Igor Miranda Pinto

Walkability and Urbanity in Crajubar: rediscovering the city through the act of walking

Igor’s research aims to study the urban mobility focusing on walkability to promote urbanity, bringing benefits to the dynamics of the cities and society. It is intended to highlight the importance of a good sustainable urban design to provide access to the city and, consequently, the improvement of urbanity in public spaces. For this, concepts related to urban mobility and urbanity are studied, as well as the understanding of how the road culture and the dependence of the automobile contributed directly to the neglect of urban mobility in Brazilian cities. The region of Crajubar, formed by the cities of Crato, Juazeiro do Norte and Barbalha is chosen as an object because of its hampered urban mobility, by the lack of plans, strategies and policies aimed at their improvement. The walkability in the three cities is deficient in infrastructure, design and, in several areas, there is no security associated with urbanity. It is intended to create a framework of data for the development of an analysis and, from this, making propositions for the improvement of the conditions of the region’s walkability.


Lua Bittencourt

Gender, space and daily transportation: the relationship between built environment and women mobility in Rio de Janeiro and Lisbon

With an approach focused on women as pedestrians and user of public transportation, Lua’s PhD thesis proposes a mixed approach study to see as a whole the influence of the built environment of a public transport station area in women’s mobility. Focusing the relationship between urban planning, gender, mobility and built space, the aim is to understand how the territory is perceived and experienced by women and thus determines their mobility. Divided into two methodological steps, it intends, first, to replicate the node-place-walkability methodology to classify and choose the stations that will be studied. Then, in the second phase, build an index in order to evaluate the space as a tool for pedestrian evaluation by the perception of gender differences.


Marina Vasconcellos Carvalho

Integration and accessibility in sustainable urban mobility: a roadmap to 21st century urban design


Mauro Pereira

Walkability and health: the relationship between built environment and the population’s health status in the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon

The goal of Mauro’s PhD research is to adapt the concept of walkability to the Portuguese context and understand if there is a relationship between walkability and public health. This relationship will be analysed by the health determinants related to the built environment. The dependent variables will be several chronic diseases with a demonstrated relation with the built environment. The goal is to identify the built environment characteristics than that can contribute to a healthier life.