Débora Cavalcanti is an architect and urban planner (UFAL, Brazil), with a Master's degree in Architecture (UCL, Belgium) and a PhD in Urban Planning (LSE, UK). She is currently in a post-doctoral internship at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon. She is an adjunct professor of the Architecture and Urbanism Courses, Environmental Engineering and the Graduate Program in Architecture and Urbanism (PPGAU) at FAU / UFAL; leader of the research and extension group Núcleo de Estudos do Estatuto da Cidade at NEST/CNPq and researcher-collaborator of CIAUD, GESTUAL of FA-ULisboa. She has developed teaching, research and extension projects related to: urban poverty, social urbanism, social housing, participation, socio-territorial development and The Right to The City.
She worked in the private and public sectors as an architect and urban planner from 1986 to 2014, having developed architectural, urban and landscape projects, master plans, local social housing plans, among other products and urban planning actions focused in the socio-territorial development of urban margins.
She worked as an architect and Executive Director at the CEARAH Periferia NGO, where she had the opportunity to develop plans and projects for popular housing in several cities, including Fortaleza (Brazil), Maracaibo (Venezuela), Quito (Ecuador), having the projects in Fortaleza received the Tokyo and Dubai awards for Best Practices in the field of human settlements at Habitat II – Summit of Cities, Istanbul, 1996.
She has carried out several evaluation consulting, institutional planning, projects, studies and research as part of international teams. She worked as an independent consultant, working in the preparation of popular housing policies and urban projects, in the elaboration of strategic plans, in the evaluation and monitoring of public policies, in studies in the area of urban development, and in the strengthening of local community organizations and cooperatives through training and advising. She has served as a professor of urban planning at the Universidade Independente in Lisbon, Portugal; at Tiradentes University in Aracaju, Brazil, at CESMAC and UNIT in Maceió, Brazil.
The present post-doctoral research in Lisbon, whose title is Territórios Periféricos: histórias de vida e projetos habitacionais na lusotopia, has as its general objective: to propose a theoretical-conceptual, empirical and methodological framework to critically reflect on housing projects in peripheral territories of the Lusotopia. This objective has been defined and is linked to the objectives of the Africa Habitat Project which she is a member of. For this purpose, several methodological procedures will be used, among them the survey of life stories of the residents of the urban margins in Portugal, Angola and Mozambique as complementaries in the reading of the peripheral territories of the Lusotopia. The intention was to participate in the missions to Luanda and Maputo in the year 2020 but due to the pandemic they got cancelled. The option adopted was to carry out a work less based on life stories but on the existing bibliography and on interviews that were already carried out, at other times, by Prof. Isabel Raposo, the supervisor of this post-doc and the Africa Habitat Project Principal Investigator. Within the same Africa Habitat Project, the Online Conversation Cycle HABITAR AS MARGENS NA LUSOTOPIA: ouvindo as comunidades em tempo de Covid, was organized. This was a cycle of three online conversations with community leaders from the urban margins of Lisbon, Luanda, Maputo and from Brazilian cities, where the voices of the neighborhoods of these four places were heard at the time of a pandemic to confront their situations and visions about living on the urban margins. Presentations and debates were also held at the Final Seminar of the Africa Habitat Project.
Urban Development; Popular Housing; Public spaces; Housing Financing; Urban Agriculture; Public policy; Urban Management; Small and Medium Municipalities; Socio-territorial Development; Participatory urban-environmental planning and management; Urban Poverty and the Right to the City and Social Interest Housing
FREIRE, Neison; PACHECO, Admilson; CAVALCANTI, Débora ; MORAES, Odair; QUEIROZ, Vinicius (2022). The Lagoons Of Alagoas in the Caatinga Biome: Detection, Analysis and Temporal Mapping Within the Context of Climate Change. Caminhos da Geografia (UFU. Online), v. 23, p. 36-52.
CUNHA, Rodrigo; CAVALCANTI, Débora (2022). O Direito à Cidade e a Dignidade da Pessoa Idosa no Programa Minha Casa Minha Vida: o Caso do Residencial Vila dos Pescadores, em Maceió/AL'. GEO UERJ, v. 1, p. 1-31.
CAVALCANTE, Mariana; CAVALCANTI, Débora (2022). O Silêncio da Serra e o Turismo Criativo em União dos Palmares, Alagoas. In: Grupo Estudos da Paisagem. (Org.). 74ca42_3c10ef4f8eb148e5a9845d7d219d7697.pdf.
1ed. Maceió: EDUFAL v. 1, p. 359-368.
WANDERLEY, Bruna; FONSECA, Débora C. (2021). Avaliação Pós-Ocupação do Conjunto Vila São Pedro na Orla Lagunar de Maceió - AL. Brazilian Journal of Development, v. 7, p. 33071-33089.
CAVALCANTE, Mariana; FONSECA, Débora C. (2021). Turismo Criativo como Estratégia de Desenvolvimento: o Caso de União dos Palmares, Alagoas. Revista Iberoamericana de Turismo, v. 11, p. 264-286