Dr Lorena Melgaço PhD

Dr Lorena Melgaço

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Research Fellow

Contact details

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

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.

Qualifications

  • 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

Biography

Dr Lorena Melgaço was born in Brazil and obtained her BSc And MPhil at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Architecture and Urban Planning. She also holds an Erasmus Mundus MSc in International Cooperation and Urban Development Teschinische Universität Darmstadt, Germany and Université Pierre Mendes, France. During her studies, she developed an interest in possible dialogues between the Global South and the North in the field of Planning. In her PhD research 'Socio-spatial practices in socio-technological peripheries: the case of Brazilian and UK rurban communities' she developed a theoretical framework that focuses on a micropolitics of the connected (albeit marginalised) rurban by investigating the everyday use of ICTs in three communities. She moved to the UK in 2014 as a research assistant at Plymouth University, and has now joined University of Birmingham for the next two years as a research fellow.

Research

Fields of interest

  • Planning Education in countries of the Global South
  • Bottom-bottom spatial practices’, i.e. the understanding of forms of local agency within a global structure and its relation to the production of space
  • Temporary uses of space
  • The interrelation between space, communities and technology in urban and rural spaces
  • Smart cities 

Current Research 

  • 2017 - Research Fellow, SAPER Project: The appropriateness, usefulness and impact of the current urban planning curriculum in South African Higher Education.
    University of Birmingham, PI (ESRC): Dr Lauren Andres, (NRF): Dr Ruth Massey 

Recent research 

  • 2016-2018 - Collaborator, Whose right to the (smart) city.
    Digital Cities Research Group, Plymouth University, UK; University College of London, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais; Civil Action Group, India. PI: Prof. Katharine Willis. 
  • 2014-2017 - Research Assistant, Digital Neighbourhoods Research.
    Project Digital Cities Research Group, Plymouth University, UK; PI: Prof. Katharine Willis 
  • 2014-2016 - Researcher at Interface for socio-spatial Information Exchange between fragile rurban communities: autonomy in the production of space and direct democracy.
    Lagear/MOM (Graphic Lab for experimentation of Architecture and Living Other ways) UFMG, Brazil
    PI: Professor Ana Paula Baltazar

Publications

Baltazar, Ana Paula; Cabral Filho, José; Arruda, Guilherme; Melgaço, Lorena; Almeida, Marcela. 2014. Beyond the Visual in Urban Interactive Interfaces: International Journal of Creative Interfaces and Computer Graphics, v. 5, p.1-25. 

Melgaço, Lorena; Willis, Katharine. Mobilising change in marginalised communities: ICTs and technical agency. In Foth, M., Brynskov, M., & Ojala, T. (Eds.) 2016. Citizen’s Right to the Digital City: Interaction Design for Participatory Urbanism and Open Innovation. Singapore: Springer, pp. 101-117. 

Baltazar, Ana Paula; Melgaço, Lorena. 2015. Cedric Price e Vilém Flusser: apontamentos para uma abordagem autônoma da produção habitacional de interesse social no século 21. In Hanke, Michael; Azevedo Souza, Élmano. Do conceito a imagem: a cultura da mídia pós-Vilém Flusser. Natal: Edufrn pp. 149-174. ISBN: 9788542504163 

Melgaço, Lorena. 2013. Using Information and Communication Technologies to foster social encounters. In Marques, Lorena Melgaço Silva, Luana Xavier Pinto Coelho, and Regina Orvañanos Murguia, eds. Mundus Urbano. Frank & Timme GmbH, pp. 31-43. ISBN 9783865965325 

Melgaço, Lorena; Baltazar, Ana Paula. 2012. The museum of today: towards bridging the socio-cultural gap in Brazil, in Pablo Abend; Tobias Haupts; Claudia Müller. (Org.). Medialität der nähe: Situationen - Praktiken - Diskurse. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, pp. 195-208. ISBN 9783837616446 

Willis, Katharine; Melgaço, Lorena. 2012. Long Distance Voodoo Embodied presence and urban media in public space. In: Pop, Susa; Stalder, Ursula ; Tscherteu, Gernot; Struppek, Mirjam. (Org.). Urban Media Cultures: Av Edition. Pp. 27-32 ISBN 9783899861693 

Willis, Katharine; Melgaço, Lorena. 2012. Long Distance Voodoo: Körperliche Anwesenheit und Urban Media im öffentlichen Raum. In: Pop, Susa; Stalder, Ursula; Tscherteu, Gernot; Struppek, Mirjam. (Org.). Urban Media Cultures: Av Edition, pp. 254-257. ISBN 9783899861693

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