Ferreira, António

Principal Researcher
Ferreira, António
G412 (FEUP)


Short bio

António Ferreira is a Principal Researcher (the Portuguese corresponding position for Associate Research Professor) at CITTA - Centre for Research on Territory, Transports and Environment of the University of Porto, Portugal. António has vast international experience: he has worked in a number of countries and universities across Europe. He is an eclectic and versatile researcher with great curiosity for new topics and who has published on a variety of fields, ranging from urban and transport governance to planning education, from emotions in the workplace to mindfulness, from planning theory to economic appraisal. At the moment, his key research interests are focused on post-mobility futures and post-growth planning, the governance of the digital transition and of “smart” cities. António is also a Yoga and Meditation teacher and Personal Trainer and actively uses insights from these embodied disciplines to inspire his work. He is the Member n. 218 of the Portuguese Association of Urbanists.


PhD in Urban Planning - University of Liverpool, UK
MA in Urban Planning and Design - University of Porto, Portugal
MSc in Civil Engineering - University of Coimbra, Portugal

  • Now: University of Porto: Porto, Portugal. Principal Researcher at CITTA - Research Centre for Territory, Transports and Environment, Faculty of Engineering
  • 2017-12-04 to 2020-12-31: University of Porto: Porto, Portugal. Senior Researcher at CITTA - Research Centre for Territory, Transports and Environment, Faculty of Engineering
  • 2015-01-01 to 2017-12-01: Ferreira Solutions (Self-employed / freelancer): Coimbra, Portugal. Private consultant
  • 2012-03-01 to 2014-11-30: University of Leeds: Leeds, United Kingdom. Research Fellow (Institute for Transport Studies)
  • 2010-09-01 to 2012-03-01: University of Amsterdam: Amsterdam, Netherlands. Post-doctoral Researcher (Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development Studies
  • 2006-09-01 to 2010-07-31: University of Liverpool: Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom. PhD Researcher and Honorary Research Associate (Department of Civic Design, now Department of Geography and Planning)
  • 2000-09-01 to 2006-07-31: University of Coimbra: Coimbra, Portugal. Teaching Assistant / Higher Education Teacher (Department of Civil Engineering)
Key publications
  • Ferreira, A., Oliveira, F. & von Schönfeld, K. (2022) Planning cities beyond digital colonization? Insights from the periphery. Land Use Policy, 114, 105988.
  • Ferreira, A. (2021). Book review of The age of surveillance capitalism: The fight for a human future at the new frontier of power, by Shoshana Zuboff: New York, Public Affairs, 2018. Journal of Urban Affairs.
  • te Brömmelstroet, M., Nikolaeva, A., Cadima, C., Verlinghieri, E., Ferreira, A., Mladenović, M., Milakis, D., Silva, J. & Papa, E. (2021) Have a good trip! Expanding our concepts of the quality of everyday travelling with flow theory. Applied Mobilities, 1-22.
  • von Schönfeld, K. & Ferreira, A. (2021) Urban Planning and European Innovation Policy: Achieving social inclusion, sustainability and economic growth? Sustainability, 13(3), 1137.
  • Ferreira, A., von Schönfeld, K., Tan, W. & Papa, E. (2020) Maladaptive Planning and the Pro-Innovation Bias: Considering the Case of Automated Vehicles. Urban Science, 4(41), 1-17
  • Ferreira, A. (2020) Reconsidering the merit of market-oriented planning innovations: Critical insights on Transferable Development Rights from Coimbra, Portugal. Land Use Policy, 99, 104977.
  • Ferreira, A. (2020) Dilemmas, conflicts, and worldview diversity: Exploring the relevance of Clare Grave´s legacy for planning practice and education. Journal of Planning Education and Research.

  • Ferreira, A. & Papa, E. (2020) Re-enacting the mobility versus accessibility debate: Moving towards collaborative synergies among experts. Case Studies on Transport Policy, 8(3), 1002-1009.
  • Ferreira, A (2020) O crescimento da mobilidade e turismo em Portugal: Solução ou problema? O caso do novo aeroporto de Lisboa [Mobility and tourism growth in Portugal: Solution or problem? The case of the new Lisbon airport]. Finisterra, 55(113), 195-210.
  • Ferreira, A., Igreja, J., & Miranda, A. (2020) Collaborative governance in Portugal? A critical perspective based on an empirical survey. Revista Portuguesa de Estudos Regionais, 55, 109-127.
  • Ferreira, A., von Schönfeld, K. (2020) Interlacing planning and degrowth scholarship – A manifesto for an interdisciplinary alliance. disP - The Planning Review, 56(1), 53-64.

  • Ferreira, A, Ribeiro-Santos, J., & Breda-Vázquez, I. (2020) Transcending Dilemmas in Urban Policy-Making: Envisioning versus Adapting, Growing versus Stabilizing. Planning Theory and Practice, 21(1), 76-93.
  • Ferreira, A. (2018) Towards and Integrative Perspective: Bringing Ken Wilber´s Philosophy to Planning Theory and Practice. Planning Theory and Practice, 19(4), 558-577.
  • Ferreira, A. (2018). (Un)healthy Bodies and the Transport Planning Profession: The (Im)mobile Social Construction of Reality and Its Consequences. In M. Nieuwenhuijsen & H. Khries (Eds.), Integrating Human Health into Urban and Transport Planning: A Framework (pp. 325-344). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

  • Papa, E., & Ferreira, A. (2018). Sustainable Accessibility and the Implementation of Automated Vehicles: Identifying Critical Decisions. Urban Science, 2(1), 5.

  • te Brömmelstroet, M., Nicolaisen, M. S., Büttner, B., & Ferreira, A. (2017). Experiences with transportation models: An international survey of planning practices. Transport Policy, 58, 10-18.

  • Ferreira, A., Bertolini, L., & Næss, P. (2017). Immotility as resilience? A key consideration for transport policy and research. Applied Mobilities, 2(1), 16-31.

  • Khreis, H., Warsow, K. M., Verlinghieri, E., Guzman, A., Pellecuer, L., Ferreira, A., ... & Schepers, P. (2016). The health impacts of traffic-related exposures in urban areas: Understanding real effects, underlying driving forces and co-producing future directions. Journal of Transport & Health, 3(3), 249-267
  • Eyer, A., & Ferreira, A. (2015). Taking the tyke on a bike: mothers' and childless women's space-time geographies in Amsterdam compared. Environment and Planning A, 47(3), 691-708.
  • Marsden, G., Ferreira, A., Bache, I., Flinders, M., & Bartle, I. (2014). Muddling through with climate change targets: a multi-level governance perspective on the transport sector. Climate policy, 14(5), 617-636.
  • Ferreira, A., Marsden, G., & Te Brömmelstroet, M. (2013). What curriculum for mobility and transport studies? A critical exploration. Transport Reviews, 33(5), 501-525.
  • Ferreira, A. (2013). Emotions in planning practice: A critical review and a suggestion for future developments based on mindfulness. Town Planning Review, 84(6), 703-719.
  • Ferreira, A., Batey, P., Brömmelstroet, M. T., & Bertolini, L. (2012). Beyond the dilemma of mobility: exploring new ways of matching intellectual and physical mobility. Environment and Planning A, 44(3), 688-704.
  • Ferreira, A., Beukers, E., & Te Brömmelstroet, M. (2012). Accessibility is gold, mobility is not: A proposal for the improvement of Dutch transport-related cost-benefit analysis. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 39(4), 683-697.
  • Ferreira, A., & Batey, P. (2011). On why planning should not reinforce self-reinforcing trends: a cautionary analysis of the compact-city proposal applied to large cities. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 38(2), 231-247.
  • Ferreira, A., & Batey, P. (2010). University towns and the multi-layer transport model: excavating the connections between academic ethos and transport problems. Planning Theory & Practice, 11(4), 573-592.
  • Ferreira, A., Sykes, O., & Batey, P. (2009). Planning theory or planning theories? The hydra model and its implications for planning education. Journal for Education in the Built Environment, 4(2), 29-54.
  • Ferreira, A., & Batey, P. (2007). Re-thinking accessibility planning: A multi-layer conceptual framework and its policy implications. Town Planning Review, 78(4), 429-458.