Dr Lorena Melgaço PhD

Dr Lorena Melgaço

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Research Fellow

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Lorena Melgaço is a Brazilian architect and urban planner with an MPhil in Architecture and Urban Planning and an MSc in International Cooperation and Urban development. She is currently a research fellow at the SAPER Project: The appropriateness, usefulness and impact of the current urban planning curriculum in South African Higher Education, where she aims to understand planning Higher Education in South Africa and expand the discussion to the global South.


  • PhD in Architecture and Urban Planning
  • MSc in International cooperation and Urban Development
  • MPhil In Architecture and Urban Planning
  • BSc In Architecture and Urban Planning


Recent publications


Jones, P, Andres, L, Denoon-Stevens, SP & Melgaco Silva Marques, L 2022, 'Planning out abjection? The role of the planning profession in post-apartheid South Africa', Planning Theory, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 35-55. https://doi.org/10.1177/14730952211012429

Denoon-Stevens, S, Andres, L, Jones, P, Melgaco Silva Marques, L, Massey, R & Nel, V 2022, 'Theory versus practice in planning education: the view from South Africa', Planning, Practice and Research, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 509-525. https://doi.org/10.1080/02697459.2020.1735158

Andres, L, Bakare, H, Bryson, J, Khaemba, W, Melgaco Silva Marques, L & Mwaniki, G 2021, 'Planning, temporary urbanism and citizen-led alternative-substitute place-making in the Global South', Regional Studies, vol. 55, no. 1, pp. 29-39. https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2019.1665645

Andres, L, Jones, P, Denoon-Stevens, S & Melgaco Silva Marques, L 2020, 'Negotiating polyvocal strategies: re-reading de Certeau through the lens of urban planning in South Africa', Urban Studies, vol. 57, no. 12, pp. 2440-2455. https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098019875423

Ferranti, E, Andres, L, Denoon-Stevens, S, Melgaco Silva Marques, L, Oberling, D & Quinn, A 2020, 'Operational challenges and mega sporting events legacy: the case of BRT systems in the global south', Sustainability, vol. 12, no. 4, 1609. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12041609

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Andres, L, Denoon-Stevens, SP, Bryson, JR, Bakare, H & Melgaco Silva Marques, L 2022, Planning for sustainable urban livelihoods in Africa. in F Nunan, C Barnes & S Krishnamurthy (eds), The Routledge Handbook on Livelihoods in the Global South. Routledge International Handbooks, Routledge. <https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Handbook-on-Livelihoods-in-the-Global-South/Nunan-Barnes-Krishnamurthy/p/book/9780367856359>

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