The University of oporto and the process of urban change: An ambiguous relationship

Isabel Breda-Vázquez, Paulo Conceição, Sónia Alves

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This chapter analyzes the role of the university as a promoter of urban development in the city of Oporto, in Portugal. The argument is developed as follows: (1) the university is an important operator in urban change; (2) however, the relationship between the university’s real estate policy, the territory itself, and urban policies is ambiguous and marked by a gulf between the university’s strategies and the specific problems of the urban context; and (3) any interpretation of the ambiguity requires an analysis based on institutions or on institutional relationships and capacities. This argument emphasizes the ambiguous and contingent role played by the university in the process of urban development and recognizes that this role is not always explicitly incorporated into the strategy of the main urban agents, such as the local authority or the university itself.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Universities and Urban Development : Case Studies and Analysis
Number of pages31
PublisherCRC Press/Balkema
Publication date1 Jan 2015
ISBN (Print)9780765620408
ISBN (Electronic)9781317469674
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

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