Local Development


Luzia Costa Becker – Turism, Smart Cities, Migrations and Development Policies

Ana Paula Rodriguez – People on the move, human security, Integration, public policy and artificial intelligence


Juliana Martins – Smart Cities, Cultural Heritage and Public Property

Lygia Hryniewicz – Social stratification and inequalities; Economic and social impacts in Brazil; Youth studies and living conditions; Studies on working conditions of women

Ana Clara Simões – Migration and Integration

Isabela Ávila – SDG and Sustainability

The Local Development line of research addresses the sustainability and regenerative capacity of territories, combined with the use of new technologies, such as artificial intelligence. Its objective is to acknowledge the peculiarities of cities, analyse the resilience of places based on the preservation of historical-cultural and natural heritage, considering the impact of public policies and territorial development strategies, including the integration of migrants. In this sense, it seeks to promote cooperation arrangements between municipalities with common interests so that development integrates the different territories in order to establish even cross-border agreements.

The production of the results of the studies developed and the participation in events involve dialogues between the Institute, the academic community and stakeholders in the promotion of actions and policies aimed at promoting sustainable cities with a focus on the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda.