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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.


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.


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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Research Output 2014 2018

  • 25 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
  • 6 Article
  • 4 Conference contribution
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 PhD Thesis - Research external, graduation external
4 Citations (Scopus)
65 Downloads (Pure)

Measuring transit-oriented development (TOD) network complementarity based on TOD node typology.

Huang, R., Grigolon, A. B., Madureira, A. M. & Brussel, M. J. G., 14 Mar 2018, In : Journal of transport and land use. 11, 1, p. 304-324 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Land use
development level
land use

Role of Public Spaces in Promoting Social Interaction in Divided Cities: The Case of Nicosia, Cyprus.

Kukoleca, M., Madureira, A. M. & Martinez, J., 2018, GIS in Sustainable Urban Planning and Management: A Global Perspective. van Maarseveen, M. F. A. M., Martinez, J. A. & Flacke, J. (eds.). Boca Raton: CRC Press, p. 103-120

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)
36 Downloads (Pure)

Spatial analysis of urban digital divide in Kigali, Rwanda

Otioma, C., Madureira, A. M. & Martinez, J., 18 May 2018, In : GeoJournal.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
information and communication technology
digital divide
spatial analysis
communication technology

Digital Divide and Deprivation : A Case Study in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia

Sulistyaningsih, Madureira, A. M. & Martinez, J., 2017, Proceedings of the Nordic Geographers Meeting - Geographies of Inequality, 18-21 June 2017, Stockholm, Sweden. Nordic Geographers, p. 1-22 22 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Evaluating the role of public spaces in promoting social interaction in divided cities. The case study of Nicosia, Cyprus

Kukoleca, M., Madureira, A. M. & Martinez, J., 2017, Proceedings of the AESOP annual congress, Spaces of Dialog for Places of Dignity : Fostering the European Dimension of Planning, Association of the European Schools of Planning , 11-14 July 2017, Lisbon, Portugal. Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP), p. 1-15

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review