Models of urban requalification under neoliberalism and austerity: the case of Porto

Sonia Alves, Rosa Branco

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This paper critically analyses the legal and institutional framework set up by the Portuguese government in 2004 to boost ‘urban requalification’ – the Urban Rehabiliation Societies (SRUs) – and its implementation in the city of Porto. Firstly, we present a diachronic analysis that identifies phases of continuity and change in models of urban requalification in Portugal. Secondly, we present the background for the SRU model and discuss the context in which it was implemented in Porto. Thirdly, based upon a qualitative methodology, which uses literature reviews, analysis of political documents, and six semi-structured face-to-face interviews conducted with local and government officials, we analyse practices of urban requalification within a specific urban requalification operation, in the Cardosas quarter, which is an example of a large-scale requalification operation promoted by the Porto Vivo SRU in a context of public-private partnership.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2017
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventAESOP Annual conference 2017: Spaces of dialogue: spaces for places of dignity - Lissabon, Portugal
Duration: 11 Jul 201714 Jul 2017


ConferenceAESOP Annual conference 2017


  • neoliberalism
  • urban policies
  • Requalification
  • Portugal


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