Claudia Affonso

Communication officer and Early Career Reps (post-PhD level)

Claudia Affonso is an architect and urbanist since 2000 (Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas, Brazil). She holds a dual PhD degree (2021) from the University of Oporto and University of Coimbra, Portugal, in Urbanism and Spatial Planning. In 2020 and 2021, she worked as an invited assistant at the Engineering Faculty of University of Oporto and from 2018 to 2021 was a member of CITTA research centre at the same institution. Motivated by her professional background of over 15 years in architecture and urbanism in the private sector, her research is committed to link practice and theory. The topic chosen for her thesis was the role of urban development instruments in contexts of increasing financialization. Currently, she is an independent researcher. Her main research interests are urban planning and economics, the role of both planning and financial investors in shaping urban built space, and financial geography.

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