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Dr Fabiano Lemes De Oliveira

Reader in Urbanism and Architecture

Fabiano Lemes De Oliveira


I am a Reader in Urbanism and Architecture. I joined Portsmouth as a Senior Lecturer in 2008. I hold a PhD in History and Theory of Architecture and Urbanism awarded by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona and an MPhil and Degree in Architecture and Urbanism, both awarded by the University of São Paulo. 

I have a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, awarded by the University of Portsmouth, and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Prior to arriving at Portsmouth, I worked in practice, in research groups and lectured in Brazil and Spain.

I have published a number of journal articles, book chapters and conference papers. Recent publications include articles in internationally prestigious journals such as Planning Perspectives and Town Planning Review. My book entitled Green Wedge Urbanism: History, Theory and Contemporary Practice is in press and will be published by Bloomsbury in February 2017.

I am an academic member of the AHRC Peer Review College and have also reviewed grant applications for the EPSRC, ESRC, São Paulo Research Foundation and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. I am a member of the International Planning History Society, the Architecture Humanities Research Association (AHRA)'s steering group, the Place Alliance’s steering group, the Place Alliance Universities Network and the Place Alliance Healthy Places working group. I contribute to research leadership in a number of capacities, including being the Research leader in the School of Architecture and the REF coordinator for UoA 16.

I have over 10 years of experience in higher education teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I currently run the theory and history of urban design unit for the MA Urban design and lead a postgraduate studio (MArch/MA Urban Design). I also teach architectural and urban design to BA2 architecture. I have supervised numerous dissertations at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Research Interests

My research interests span the fields of planning history, sustainable cities and architectural history. My research expertise is in planning models aimed at balancing urbanisation with nature, in particular related to the green wedge idea; green and blue infrastructure; sustainable and resilient planning models and planning history and theory.

My latest research project constructs a history of the ‘green wedge’ idea in urbanism, analyses its contemporary uses in city and regional green space networks and investigates how this model can help promoting resilient and sustainable cities today. 

Concurrent and interconnect research activities investigate the roles of green and blue infrastructures in eco-city design, urban design theory and place-making. I also have considerable research experience in the area of architectural history.

I am an active PhD supervisor and encourage applications on related subjects.

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