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Dr Sónia Alves

Dr Sónia Alves

Marie Sklowdowska-Curie Research Fellow


Sónia Alves is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge. She is also a Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences (Instituto de Ciências Sociais), University of Lisbon and at Aalborg University.

Her first degree is a BSc in Geography from the University of Porto (1997). She also holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning (2002, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto) and a PhD in Sociology (2011, ISCTE, University Institute of Lisbon). In September 2012, after being awarded an individual grant by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, she returned to academia and, in the context of a post-doctoral research project, she researched extensively on comparative welfare state regimes and the differential impact of urban and housing policies upon social groups and areas within cities.

Within the framework of her Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, she is currently developing PLANAFFHO. PLANAFFHO (PLANning for AFFordable HOusing) aims to examine how land-use planning contributes to the provision of affordable housing for low-income people and how it has promoted a mix of housing tenures within new developments in three capital cities - Copenhagen, Lisbon, and London - since 2007.