Sandra Oliveira e Costa

Research Fellow

Sandras’ research interests are about understanding urban development in the light of migration, segregation and integration policy. She also focuses on housing and planning policy as means for creating equal societies and on how participatory planning practices impacts on peoples’ lives and on urban development. When she gets the chance, she studies nationalist expressions in urban development processes.

Academic qualifications
MSc in Human Geography, Stockholm University (2012)
BA in Geography, Stockholm University (2010)

Languages
Swedish
Portuguese
Spanish
English

Prior positions
Urban Planner at the Strategic Department of the City Planning Authority in Gothenburg (2013-2015)

Private firm for consultancy on citizen dialogue within urban planning (2012-2013)


Publications
Oliveira e Costa, S. (2016) Dealing with segregated cities and identity crisis in Tuna Tasan-Kok, Luca Bertolini, Sandra Oliveira e Costa, Hila Lothan, Higor Carvalho, Maarten Desmet, Seppe De Blust, Tim Devos, Deniz Kimyon, J. A. Zoete, and Peter Ahmad (2016) “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”: giving voice to planning practitioners Planning Theory & Practice Vol. 17, Iss. 4, 2016

Lindholm, T., Oliveira e Costa, S., Wiberg, S. (Eds.) (2015) Medborgardialog – demokrati eller dekoration? Tolv röster om dialogens problem och potential i samhällsplaneringen Arkus#72

Oliveira e Costa, S. (2015) Slaget om staden – om urbana rättviserörelser och inbjudet deltagande. In Lindholm, T., Oliveira e Costa, S., Wiberg, S. (Eds.) (2015) Medborgardialog – demokrati eller dekoration? Tolv röster om dialogens problem och potential i samhällsplaneringen Arkus#72

Oliveira e Costa, S. (2013) Danmarks uppgörelse med parallellsamhället i ghettot. In MANA (2013:2-3)

Sandra Oliveira e Costa‘s spatial story

Floating in between

I think the first time I consciously, or theoretically, thought about ‘place’ was as a young teenager at 10 000 meters above the earth’s surface.

I was doing one of multiple travels between Sweden and Portugal. This time leaving Sweden for a long awaited vacation in the country that awaked feelings in me that did not pass me through in Sweden.

Turning over the pages in an airplane magazine, I rested my eyes on a chronicle. The author – I cannot remember the topic of the article and for nothing on earth the author’s name – told me that a place is not a fixed point in physical space, but is something that becomes according to the time that passes by and to the people who happen to inhabit it, at a specific point in time. Watching the surface of earth passing by beneath me, floating somewhere in heaven between the two places on earth that kept building my identity, this seemed nothing less than logic, I guess. So, ‘place’ was not something fixed and always the same, but something that was changeable and filled with meaning by people.

Even though many years passed since then, I still remember how that message of the chronicle appealed to me and I get amazed over the impression it made, keeping it in the back of my bone since. Later, many paths brought me to where I am today in terms of what I am dedicating my working life to. I study social aspects of the becoming of places; and what have always had a prominent role in my areas of interest, is the changeability of both places and identity due to migration.

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