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Opinion Paper – Emigrants and the discussion of public policy (in pt)

Opinion article published on Expresso on 16 July 2016 about the lack of inclusion of Portuguese emigrants in the discussion of public policy in Portugal. Portugal has around 2.1 millions emigrants and another bit of descendants with a strong link to the country and yet Portuguese politics give little credit and space to tis large community to have a say in the definition of public policies in Portugal. The country desperately needs this input to overcome traditional practices in order to overcome the severe social and economical crisis the country is in.

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Conference – LUSO 2016 in Manchester 18 June 2016, Registration open!

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LUSO 2016 in Manchester is the conference of the community of Portuguese researchers and students in the United kingdom, and will take place on 18 June 2016 at teh Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.

More information about the call and the conference can be found at

Portugal has just emerged from a tough process of economic and financial readjustment, with a tremendous impact on society in general, and in sensitive areas dependent on public investment and the economy’s performance in particular, namely in higher education (HE) and the national scientific research system (RDI). In addition to the fact that structural problems were not really tackled, the country now embraces a path with possible political instability as well as uncertain medium-term public policies, framed in anaemic growth and exposed to exogenous factors that illustrate the socio-economic weaknesses that Portugal is facing.

Structural issues such as demographics, the social value of education and training, economic mentality, competitiveness and innovativeness are some of the central themes of a debate that has to be made in the country.

The present moment is critical and deserves to be the centre of an in-depth debate within the PARSUK community. The critical mass of this community consists of people who are professionally and personally dedicated to scientific research in the United Kingdom (UK) through a combination of backgrounds developed in the UK, Portugal, as well as other geographies. The immersion of the members of the PARSUK community in the British HE and RDI systems, globally acknowledged as excellent, is a key (individual and collective) asset that should be explored as a possible catalyst for change in Portugal.

This community has therefore a key role as a stakeholder in the HE and RDI sectors in Portugal, both for what it can bring to the debate of their policies, using the British experience, but also because it is composed by a number of people that interested in returning to Portugal.

Conference – CAMUSS 2016 was announced


The second edition of CAMUSS will be held at the University of Laval in 21-23 September 2016, in Québec City, Québec, Canada.


CAMUSS 2016 is organized by the Centre for Research in Geomatics and the Convergence Network, Université Laval, Canada, with the support of the Centre for Urban Policy Studies of the University of Manchester.

The first edition of CAMUSS took place in Oporto, Portugal in 2012, being successful in gathering a small but committed community of researchers in CA after more than three decades of intensive research on the development of these models for the simulation of urban and spatial systems to support informed decision making for different applications.

CAMUSS 2016 aims to consolidate the network that was initiated in 2012 as a privileged forum of discussion about CA and its integration with GIS Sciences, Geography and Urban Studies through the presentation of the advances in the state-of-the-art on CA and related topics.

We look forward to welcoming you in Québec.

Kind regards

Mir Abolfazl Mostafavi, Chair of CAMUSS 2016 Organizing Committee, Centre for Research in Geomatics, Université Laval, Québec, CANADA

Nuno Pinto, Coordinator, University of Manchester, UK

Publication – New chapter in Portuguese book on urban form

A new chapter on the use of cellular automata to study urban form came out on a Portuguese book on the topic edited by Oliveira,Marat-Mendes and Pinho, published by the University of Porto Press ( .

Publication – New paper on Planning Practice and Research

A new paper entitled “Evaluating the impacts of urban regeneration companies in Portugal: the case of Porto” with Luis Neto and Malcolm Burns was published in Planning Practice and Research, here is the link to it.


Teaching – Office hours Semester 1 2014-15

Tuesdays, 2:30 – 4:30 pm

Science – The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine winners

Congratulations to the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine winners Dr John M. O’Keefe, Dr May-Britt Moser and Dr Edvard I. Moser for their research on how the brain recognises and defines space and creates mental maps of different types. This couldn’t be more relevant to us, researchers and practitioners of any spatial science. Here is the link to a brief on the award.

Publication – New edited book “Technologies in Urban and Spatial Planning: Virtual Cities and Territories”

The new edited book “Technologies in Urban and Spatial Planning: Virtual Cities and Territories” has come out. Edited by myself, José António Tenedório, António Pais Antunes and Josep Roca and published by IGI Global, this book addresses a series of new approaches to the use of ICT tools in urban and spatial planning. The book has 11 contributions from 36 authors from 24 different universities and research groups in 11 countries.

Opinion – March 2014 – a bit of my small but committed civic intervention on the human drainage happening in Portugal (in pt)

Here is the link to my opinion article in the Portuguese weekly newspaper “Expresso” on 8 March 2014, about the current emigration in Portugal (in pt).


Talk – At MARC, SEED, 12th March 2014

I will do a talk in the Manchester Architecture Research Centre (MARC) Spring Research Seminar series on the 12th March, at 12.30 pm, presenting my research on urban simulation and cellular automata.

The talk will take place at Room 5.209 at the University Place on Oxford Road (number 37 on the campus map).

Please see more info about this seminar in the series poster or at MARC webpage.