About patriciapereira

I hold a PhD in Urban Sociology from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (NOVA-FCSH, 2013). I am a researcher at the Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences NOVA FCSH. I am co-editor of the journal Forum Sociológico as well as co-coordinator of both the Urban Sociology Research Network of the European Sociological Association – RN37 and the Urban Ethnography Network.

Port city lives: debating conceptual and methodological tools to grasp contemporary urban change

In November, I presented the first paper based on my post-doc research, tightly linked to the Lxnights collective research project. Since I’m still at the very beginning of my work, I chose to present my initial ideas and ask for comments, suggestions and critiques.  The feed back was great! Thanks to all the colleagues that were at the session.

So, to continue collecting useful comments, I decided to post the abstract I sent to the ESA RN 37 Midterm Conference in Lisbon. Please feel free to ask questions and send suggestions.

Port city lives: debating conceptual and methodological tools to grasp contemporary urban change

Based on a research project taking its first steps, this presentation has two main objectives: reflecting on how the concept of gentrification can be useful to understand contemporary urban change in the Cais do Sodré area in Lisbon and generating a debate around action-research strategies to reconstitute shared memories of the urban landscape in gentrified areas.

Located on the waterfront, near the port, its offices, warehouses, bars and cheap hotels made Cais do Sodré an area of transition and transit and a nightlife zone characterized by prostitution. Following a period of decline, the nightlife was recently transformed: several venues recuperated the ‘cabaret’ theme and attract younger and wealthier patrons. Many buildings were rehabilitated for residential and tourism purposes and several sections of the waterfront were or will be regenerated. Cais do Sodré also remains an interface linking the subway and bus lines with the train to Cascais and the ferryboat to Cacilhas.

The areas surrounding Cais do Sodré have different occupation patterns and social destinations. Distinctive urban sedimentation layers can be uncovered and varied dynamics of regeneration – associated to residential issues but also to tourism, leisure and cultural activities – are occurring at different paces. The effects of deindustrialization, consequent social recomposition and landscape transformation are discernible in the area. The consequences of the current economic crisis and of rent-law alterations that potentiate the displacement of low-income residents and business owners are also becoming visible.

Unequal lives in urban spaces: call for papers of the ESA RN 37

The deadline of the call for papers of the Research Network 37 (Urban Sociology) for the 12th European Sociological Association Conference has been postponed to the 15th of February.

The theme is Unequal lives in urban spaces.

The conference will be held in Prague in August 2015.

Here is the link to the call for papers: http://www.esa12thconference.eu/rn37-urban-sociology

Upcoming conferences

There are two conferences in the near future that might interest, among others, researchers in Urban Sociology/Anthropology/Geography.  Jordi, João and myself are members of the organizing committee of the one held in Lisbon next month.

 

Public space and private lives in contemporary city

Mid-term conference of the ESA (European Sociological Association) Research Network in Urban Sociology.

FCSH/NOVA, Lisbon (Portugal), 19-22 November 2014

 

The ideal city: between myth and reality. Representations, policies, contradictions and challenges for tomorrow’s urban life

Conference of the Research Committee 21 (RC21) on Sociology of Urban and Regional Development of the International Sociological Association

Urbino (Italy), 27-29 August 2015