'I belong to the group of people who think there should be public intervention in private housing'

Interview with Jorge Malheiros


  • Sílvia Leiria Viegas Centro de Investigação em Artes e Comunicação, Universidade do Algarve (CIAC-UAlg) https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3265-3108
  • Sílvia Jorge CiTUA/IST-UL


Housing, Migrations, Covid-19, Portugal


In this interview, Jorge Malheiros addresses issues that cross access to proper housing in Portugal and migrations, taking into account the amplifying and analytical lens introduced by the COVID-19 pandemic. The conversation develops around four main axes: (1) structural problems concerning the construction of citizenship and its impact on everyday-life, focusing on migrants and refugees in Portugal; (2) the public responses given in democracy to these problems; (3) the gaps evidenced by COVID-19 and the old/new priorities of intervention; and (4) future challenges.

Author Biography

Sílvia Leiria Viegas, Centro de Investigação em Artes e Comunicação, Universidade do Algarve (CIAC-UAlg)

Sílvia Leiria Viegas is a Portuguese architect who graduated from the Lusíada University of Lisbon in 1999 and, in 2004, attained a Master's degree in Architecture from the Technical University of Lisbon (FA-UTL). In 2009 Sílvia concluded Advanced Studies in Conservation and Rehabilitation, while working towards a Ph.D in Architecture which she accomplished at the University of Lisbon (FA-UL) in early 2015, with the thesis: "Luanda, (un)Predictable city? Government and Urban and Housing Transformation: Paradigms of Intervention and Resistances in the New Millennium". Sílvia is a member of the Urban Socio-Territorial and Local Intervention Study Group (GESTUAL), since 2010, where she participates in the research project "Africa Habitat: From the sustainability of habitat to the quality of inhabit in the urban margins of Luanda and Maputo (2018/2021)", coordinated by Isabel Raposo and sponsored by FCT/Aga Khan. Sílvia is also a member of the Inter-Thematic Group on Migration (ITM) of the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra (CES-UC), since 2017. In 2016, Sílvia participated in the "Global Report on Culture and Sustainable Urban Development: Regional Survey for Portuguese Speaking Countries", coordinated by Walter Rossa and produced by the UNESCO for the "New Urban Agenda", in the context of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, of the United Nations (UN). Sílvia also participated in the research project "Mediterranean City-to-City Migration Project", coordinated by Yves Cabannes and Barbara Lipietz, produced by the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) with the Bartlett (DPU), University College of London (UCL), in 2017. Sílvia is an FCT scholarship holder (SFRH/BPD/118022/2016) and is developing her individual post-doctoral research entitled "INSEHRE 21. Socio-spatial and housing inclusion of refugees in contemporary Europe: Lessons from the African diaspora in Portugal" while belonging to the research group Cities, Cultures, and Architecture (CCArq) of the Centre for Social Studies (CES) of the University of Coimbra, since 2017.







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