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Personal profile

Mafalda is currently an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), in the department of Urban and Regional Planning and Geo-Information Management (PGM), of the University of Twente. She is also a researcher at PLUS - People, Land and Urban Systems, at ITC.

She received her PhD in Urban Planning in 2014, from the Blekinge Institute of Technology, in collaboration with Circle - Center for Innovation, Research and Learning in the learning Economy, at Lund University, in Sweden. She holds a bachelor in Geography from the University of Porto, in Portugal, and a master in European Spatial Planning and Regional Development, from the Blekinge Institute of Technology, in Sweden.

Expertise

Her main research interests lie in Urban Geography. Currently Mafalda is looking in to urban fragmentation and urban inequalities, especially policy formulation that is targeted towards addressing these urban challenges. However her research has often involved other disciplinary fields, such as urban planning and policy, economic geography and regional development. Her PhD thesis focused on urban planning practices associated with an entrepreneurial approach to urban policy and governance, from a local government perspective. She was also the selected scholar to work on a project for the Swedish Agency for Innovation (VINNOVA), focused on the reformulared objectives for the Cohesion Policy (2007-2013) and the opportunities this offered for national innovation agencies. She participated in the EU project MERIPA, that aimed to define tools for the identification, promotion and benchmarking of regional economic clusters.

Teaching

Mafalda gas taught and supervised master students from a wide range of countries and has developed and delivered courses for a multicultural student group in Sweden, Brazil and Netherlands. She brings to her lectures the international and comparative perspective that she also develops in her research. She was awarded a grant by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) to setup a student and staff exchange between the Blekinge Institute of Technology and the Federal University of Amazonas (UFAM), in Brazil.

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