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Sónia Alves is a research fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences of University of Lisbon, 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, in the context of a post-doctoral research project, she 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. https://www.cchpr.landecon.cam.ac.uk/Research/Start-Year/2018/planning_for_affordable_housing


External positions

Researcher Fellow, Institute of Social Sciences Lisbon University

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Projects 2012 2020

High Hopes for Mixed Communities

Alves, S. & Andersen, H. T.


Project: Research

Research Output 2001 2020

Outcomes of Urban Requalification Under Neoliberalism: A Critical Appraisal of the SRU Model

Alves, S., 2020, Inequality and Uncertainty.

Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

Nuancing the international debate on social mix: evidence from Copenhagen.

Alves, S., 15 May 2019, In : Housing Studies. 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

affordable housing
social policy

The social and non-profit rental sectors in Portugal and Denmark: Issues of supply, housing quality, and affordability

Alves, S. & Andersen, H. T., 10 Sep 2019, Housing Policy and Tenure Types in the 21st Century: A Southern European Perspective. Bargelli, E., Heitkamp, T., Simon-Moreno, H. & Vazques Varela, C. (eds.). Pisa: Pisa University Press, Vol. 3. p. 73-108 36 p. (Southern European Housing, Vol. 3).

Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Planning policies and affordable housing: A cross-comparative analysis of Portugal, England and Denmark

Alves, S., Oct 2018. 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to conference without publisher/journalPaper without publisher/journalResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Polos opostos? Um estudo comparativo das políticas de habitação em Portugal e na Dinamarca

Alves, S., 2018, In : Confidencial Imobiliário. Prémio André Jordan. 2018, p. 24-33 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearch

Open Access

Activities 2014 2015

  • 2 Peer review of manuscripts
  • 1 Conference presentations

ENHR 2015: Housing and Cities in a time of change: are we focusing on People?

Sonia Alves (Speaker)
1 Jul 2015

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations

Cidades - Comunidades e Territorios (Journal)

Sonia Alves (Reviewer)
2014 → …

Activity: Editorial work and peer reviewPeer review of manuscriptsResearch

Análise Social (Journal)

Sonia Alves (Reviewer)
2014 → …

Activity: Editorial work and peer reviewPeer review of manuscriptsResearch