Policy and Practice

In my work, I try to bridge scholarly knowledge with the practice of managing cities and regions. To do that, I frequently engage with city officials, elected policymakers, development organisations and private companies to discuss urban and regional futures, policies and management tools. I have also been closely involved in transnational knowledge exchange processes, urban and regional strategic planning and policy evaluation studies.

Transnational knowledge exchange & European urban and regional cooperation:

  • Provision of thematic reports in the frame of the 2014-2015 Capitalization process of the URBACT European Programme”. Focusing on the theme of “new urban economies”, it included the organisation and moderation of 3 transnational meetings with policy makers, urban practitioners and scholars). 2014-2015
  • EUniverCities URBACT network” (lead partner: City of Delft). Thematic expert; collaboration for the organization of a knowledge exchange meeting between European Mayors and University Rectors. 2014-2015
  • “Training Scheme in Integrated and Sustainable Urban Development for local elected representatives” (URBACT II). Co-organizer of the programme (with Willem van Winden), speaker and moderator/facilitator in three 2-full day seminars in Brussels, with 30 local elected representatives (Mayors, alderman, counselors) from all over Europe. 2013
  • KNOWCITIES – Knowledge Cities in the Atlantic Rim”, funded by INTERREG IVB. Development of the research and knowledge exchange framework (with Willem van Winden).
  • 20 years of Portugal in the European Union”. Commemorative publication. Co-author of the publication, European Commission, Quaternaire Portugal). 2007
  • “Evaluation of State Aid impact in the Development of the EU ultra-peripheral regions”. Project management and administration, Quaternaire Portugal and CEDRU, RUP plus. 2006
  • Strategy for Interregional and Transnational Cooperation of the Norte Region, Portugal” (executive coordinator, Quaternaire Portugal, CCDRN). 2006
  • Strategy for the Cross-Border Cooperation of the Norte Region, Portugal” (team member, Quaternaire Portugal, CCDRN). 2006
  • “Atlantic Space Development Scheme – Strategic Plan for a polycentric urban system in the Atlantic Arch” (CRPM – Conférence des Régions Périphériques Maritimes d’Europe, member of the Portuguese team of experts). 2004

Consultancy in local and regional planning and policy evaluation:

  • “Strategic Development Plan 2020 for the metropolitan area of Porto (invited advisor on local economic policy and innovation). 2014
  • “Strategic Development Plan 2020 for the region of Viseu Dão-Lafões, Portugal” (thematic expert on local economic development, innovation and internationalization). 2013
  • “ “Ex Post Evaluation of the externally funded projects of the Municipality of Porto” (Coordinator, Municipality of Porto, Studies and Planning Department). 2007
  • “Strategic and Action Plan for the Municipality of Vila Nova de Famalicão” (Quaternaire Portugal, design of the proposal and responsible for the domains of innovation, economic development and institutional capacity). 2007
  • “Preparatory studies for the Agro-Food R&D centre of Mirandela” (responsible for the strategic frame and funding analysis, Municipality of Mirandela). 2006
  • “Portugal Logistic – ex-ante strategic environmental evaluation” (University of Aveiro/IDAD, Quaternaire Portugal, responsible for the analysis of economic impacts). 2006
  • “Evaluation and Forecasting study of the Employment and Economic Impacts of the new Logistic Platform PLISAN for the Minho-Lima Region” (Quaternaire Portugal and TIS.pt, CCDRN, analysis of the cross-border relationship). 2006
  • “Action Plan 2007-2013 for the Vale do Ave Region – AMAVE” (Quaternaire Portugal, executive coordinator). 2006
  • “Strategic and Action Plan for the Municipality of Abrantes – Portugal” (Quaternaire Portugal, C.M.A, executive coordinator). 2005
  • “Study to update the midterm evaluation of the CSFIII for Portugal 2000-2006 – global framework” (Quaternaire Portugal, consortium CEDRU and TIS.pt, DGDR; team member). 2005
  • “Study to update the midterm evaluation of the CSFIII for Portugal 2000-2006 – technical assistance” (Quaternaire Portugal, consortium CEDRU and TIS.pt, DGDR, executive coordinator). 2005
  • “Strategic Study for the valorisation of the transports and mobility system in the Centro Region” (Quaternaire Portugal/TIS.pt, CCDRC, team member). 2005
  • “Midterm evaluation of the Operational Programme POPRAMIII 2000-2006 CSFIII for Portugal, Madeira, update” (CEDRU/Quaternaire Portugal/AGROGES, IFC, 2005, expert for the domain on “Knowledge Economy and Information Society”). 2005
  • “Reorganization of the school network in the Municipality of Proença a Nova” (Quaternaire Portugal, CMPN, responsible for the economic and demographic analysis and forecasting). 2004
  • “Reorganization of the school network in the Municipality of Lagos” (Quaternaire Portugal, CML, responsible for the economic and demographic analysis and forecasting). 2004
  • “Reorganization of the school network in the Vale do Minho Region” (Quaternaire Portugal, responsible for the economic and demographic analysis and forecasting). 2004
  • “Midterm evaluation of the CSFIII for Portugal 2000-2006: global framework” (Quaternaire Portugal, consortium CEDRU and TIS.pt, DGDR, team member). 2003
  • “Midterm evaluation of the CSFIII for Portugal 2000-2006: technical assistance” (Quaternaire Portugal, CEDRU, TIS.pt, DGDR, team member). 2003
  • “Midterm evaluation of the Operational Programme Centro: POCENTRO” (Quaternaire Portugal, CEDRU, TIS.pt, DGDR, team member). 2003
  • “Midterm evaluation of the Operational Programme ProAlgarve” (Quaternaire Portugal, CEDRU, TIS.pt, DGDR, team member). 2003
  • “Midterm evaluation of the Operational Programme POPRAMIII” (Quaternaire Portugal, CEDRU, TIS.pt, DGDR, team member). 2003