Requalificação e gentrificação no centro histórico do Porto

Translated title of the contribution: Renovation and gentrification in the historic centre of Porto

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    This presentation seeks to test the theoretical hypothesis of gentrification for the case of the historic centre of Porto. The analysis falls within the scope of analysis of the transformation of social and housing conditions of this historic urban area, and dwells upon the relationship between housing redevelopment and gentrification processes. The hypothesis of replacement of low-income families by an upper-middle class is tested through a methodology combining qualitative analysis (semi-structured in-depth interviews with residents and ex-residents and officials who were directly involved in interventions that targeted this area) with quantitative analysis of statistical data.
    Translated title of the contributionRenovation and gentrification in the historic centre of Porto
    Original languagePortuguese
    Publication date28 Apr 2016
    Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2016
    EventAula Aberta de Desenvolvimento Regional, Mestrado de Geografia Universidade do Minho -
    Duration: 28 Apr 2016 → …


    ConferenceAula Aberta de Desenvolvimento Regional, Mestrado de Geografia Universidade do Minho
    Period28/04/2016 → …

    Bibliographical note

    Sónia Alves is a Post-doc Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon and a Visiting Researcher at the Danish Building Research Institute of Aalborg University in Denmark. Her first degree is a BSc in geography from the University of Porto (1997). She holds a master’s degree in urban planning (2002, Faculty of Engineering; dissertation: Collaborative Planning in Contexts of Urban Regeneration), and a PhD in sociology (2011, ISCTE–University Institute of Lisbon; dissertation” The Social, the Spatial and the Political in Poverty and Exclusion: Evaluation of Urban Regeneration Initiatives in Urban Deprived Areas in Porto). Over the years, she has worked in a wide range of social science disciplines (geography, sociology, urban planning) in the field of urban studies. Her research and teaching interests are in social inequality and poverty dynamics in cities, comparative welfare state research, and housing systems.


    • gentrification
    • renovation
    • Portugal
    • Porto


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