Vanessa de Pacheco Melo is an architect, gratuated from the University of Lisbon in 1998. She completed her master's degree in Sustainable Planning and Construction at the Lusíada University of Lisbon, in 2008, with the thesis “Planning and sustainable construction on the outskirts of Maputo: the Mumemo 4 de Outubro neighborhood in the context of the peri-urban area of the capital”. She did her PhD in Urbanism in 2015, with the thesis “The recent production of African urban peripheries. Discourses, practices and spatial configuration: Maputo versus Luanda and Johannesburg”. She has been a member of the Grupo de Estudos Sócio-Territoriais Urbanos e de Ação Local (GESTUAL-CIAUD/FA-UL) since 2009, where she is part of the research project "Africa Habitat: From the sustainability of habitat to the quality of inhabiting in the urban margins of Luanda and Maputo (2018/2021)", coordinated by Isabel Raposo. In 2016, she did a post-doctorate at the School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa). In 2018, she started another post-doctorate at the University of the Azores, as a fellow of the Regional Fund for Science and Technology of the Azores (M3.1.a./F/009/2006), being the researcher responsible for the project “Tourism and Landscape in the Azores: change, challenges and opportunities. Research contributions towards collaborative planning and management strategies”.
Production of African residential urban peripheries, landscape transformation, discourses and practices about space and its spatial configuration.
MELO, Vanessa; JENKINS, Paul (2022 - on press). "The growth of different spaces of middle-classness in Greater Maputo: a methodological approach for assessing processes of urban transformation". Cities.
MELO, Vanessa (2022 - on press). "Habitação nos subúrbios periféricos de Maputo: características e processos de produção [Housing in the peripheral suburbs of Maputo: characteristics and processes of production]". In Habitar os Subúrbios de Luanda e Maputo, edited by Raposo, Isabel; Salvador, Cristina. Lisbon, Portugal: Caleidoscópio.
MELO, Vanessa (2022 - in revision). "Tourism landscape
production and urbanisation: illusion and contradictions in a nature
destination". Tourism Geographies.
JORGE, Sílvia; MELO, Vanessa (2021). "The production of (re)settlements in Maputo, Mozambique: hovering between habitats and inhabited spaces". In Urban Resettlement in the Global South, edited by Beier, Raffael; Spire, Amandine; Bridonneau, Marie, 149-168. New York and London, UK: Routledge.
MELO, Vanessa; JENKINS, Paul (2021). "Peri-urban expansion in the Maputo city region: land access and middle-class advances".
Journal of Southern African Studies 47 4, 541-565. In: https://doi.org/10.
JORGE, Sílvia; VIEGAS, Sílvia; PESTANA Lages, Joana; MELO, Vanessa; PAVEL, Fabiana; VAZ, Murad. (2020). "Políticas urbanas e outros
espaços na construção do direito à cidade [Urban Policies and other spaces in
the construction of the right to the city]". Finisterra 55 114. In: https:
JORGE, Sílvia; VIEGAS, Sílvia; MELO, Vanessa; PESTANA Lages, Joana; PAVEL, Fabiana; VAZ, Murad (2020). "Dossier Direito à Cidade (1968-
2018) [File Right to the City (1968-2018)]". Espaços Vividos e Espaços
Construídos: estudos sobre a cidade 1 9. In: http://biblioteca.fa.ulisboa.
MELO, Vanessa; JENKINS, Paul (2019). "Between normative product-oriented and alternative process-oriented urban planning praxis: how can these jointly impact on the rapid development of metropolitan Maputo, Mozambique?". International Planning Studies: 1-19. In: http://dx.