Dr. Igor Pessoa is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Urban Studies - UvA. He is an expert on participatory planning and design practices. His research looks for possible mechanisms to improve urban resilience with focuses in community empowerment. He tries to transform the broad concept of resilience into practical, objective and implementable practices.

In TU Delft he also helped to establish the Global Urban Lab, a collective initiative of researchers that are working to tackle urban challenges in emerging economies. He became an Architect and Urban Planner by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, but has always been interested on strategies beyond the traditional design-oriented solution for urban problems. In that sense, Igor is eager to work with experimental and multidisciplinary strategies to solve complex urban challenges.

Igor is a former Postdoctoral Researcher in the department of Urbanism at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment.

research interest

  • Urban Policies.
  • Resilience.

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Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Urban Studies - UvA.


PhD, Urban Studies, Delft University of Technology
Bachelor of Architecture and Urbanism, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
MA in International Relations, Geneva School of Diplomacy


Architecture and the Built Environment

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