3rd International Congress on Citizenship, Public Space and Territory

The 3rd International Congress on Citizenship, Public Space and Territory takes place from 3 to 5 November 2021 in Brazil, in the city of Pelotas. The event is promoted by the Behavior Studies Laboratory of the Federal University of Pelotas (UFPel). Together with the Laboratory, the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at UFPel hosts this online event due to the pandemic, with the support of the PlaceAge Project, Graduate Program in Architecture and Urbanism at UFPel and Universidad La Gran Colombia. The Congress is also developed with the support of LabCom Hospitalar and the Centre for Healthy Cities, Ageing and Citizenship, which is part of UFPel’s Institutional Internationalization Program – CAPES PRINT. This is a worldwide event that takes place annually in different countries; the last one was in Bogotá and promoted by Universidad La Gran Colombia.

The first edition of the Congress emerged from the investigation called “Territories of fear and its impact on the vitality of public spaces in the sectors of Usme (Bogotá, Colombia) and in the central squares of Corsan and URI in Frederico Westphalen (Brazil)”. The Congress had its first edition in the city of Frederico Westphalen in Brazil and was organized by the Integrated Regional University (URI) at the Frederico Westphalen Campus, in 2019.

The concept of Citizenship refers to a set of human´s rights and duties and is based on the principles of law and equality: all are equal before the law. The city is characterized as the main place for the exercise of citizenship. This means that the city must guarantee the means for people to develop economically and culturally, and the city must be the result of the aspiration and performance of all its citizens, regardless of race, religion and economic condition. Therefore, public policies for urban development must consider the concept of citizenship inherent in all their decisions. The right to the city refers to access to a good quality of life through services that the city must provide to all people, such as schools, health centres, hospitals, squares and green leisure areas, treated water, sewage and waste collection. However, not all people residing in the city have equal access to those rights: citizenship has established itself hierarchically in the world, a contradiction to the conception of equality that it assumes. Vulnerable social groups such as low-income people and refugees are often denied citizenship rights in the city due to political and social structures that favour certain groups. The most vulnerable groups end up as prisoners of their place of residence, while the others take ownership of the rest of the city (Freitas & Castilho, 2016).

The concept of citizenship is directly connected to that of Territory. The territory is associated with attribution of value, meaning and a type of spatial demarcation that produces a new reading, a new relationship, a new symbolic and existential bond of the person in his relationship with the world and with other members of his community. Thus, a condition of appropriation is established, in which human presence is the defining factor for determining a territory (Massara, 2016).

Public Space is where citizens can identify with cities. It is through the meaning attributed to certain urban spaces that they become places of memory for people, places of remembrance of experiences and feelings. Being part of a city, a state or a country is not only a legal state, but above all the sharing of experiences and living in places, especially public ones, such as squares, parks, and streets. Therefore, it is important to keep all public spaces in the city accessible to the entire population as a way of strengthening people’s connection, identification and commitment to their city, culture and territory. We cannot perpetuate the fragmentation of the population in the city; urban planning has to be used as an instrument of equality for all (Freitas & Castilho, 2016).

Within these themes, we invite academics, researchers, professionals and students to participate with us in this Congress, in order to discuss how to design healthy cities for all, without distinction, responding to different environmental, social, cultural and economic impacts.

Sources: FREITAS, Lucas Dornas de; CASTILHO, Pedro Teixeira (2016). The City as a Citizenship Space: A Reality in Education? Multidisciplinary Scientific Journal Núcleo do Conhecimento. Year 1. Vol. 9. Pp 648-658 October / November. ISSN. 2448-0959.

MASSARA, Bruno (2016). Territories: ways to understand and manage them in the metápolis. Year 3, n 6 – “Territories” ISSN 2359-4705. CALLS | SEARCH AND OTHER EDITIONS.

Photo: Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Image by Jose Guertzenstein from Pixabay.


This Friday, June 18, at 4 pm in Brazil, we will be talking to Prof Dr Danielle Medeiros from the Federal University of Bahia on the theme HEALTH, CITY and INCLUSION. Our meeting will be via GoogleMeet, ask for your key by message.

Health Organization Healthy Cities Centres around the World

Now a bit more about other Centres of Healthy Cities:

1. The World Health Organization Healthy Cities project was launched in 1978. Its ambition is to promote health and well-being through action at the level of individual local authorities. The network of connected cities has grown over the years. There are more than 2000 municipalities linked through national Healthy City networks in Europe – with similar networks across all the regions of the globe.

2. The WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments at UWE Bristol promotes healthy and sustainable settlements through research, teaching, consultancy, knowledge exchange and publications. They work closely with municipalities, planning consultancies and health authorities in the UK, as well as with the wider WHO European Healthy Cities network.

3. Center for Global Healthy Cities: Action Research & Partnerships For Greater Equity & Health Justice for People Living in Cities Worldwide. The Center for Global Healthy Cities is an action-oriented, community-engaged initiative that utilizes science and policy analysis to improve the lives and living conditions of the most vulnerable urban populations around the world. It accomplishes this through cross-cutting research, training, and community partnerships.

New Collection of Understandings of CAPES PRINT Program

We inform you that version 3 of the Collection of Understandings of Print was made available on the Capes website on the Internet. The document can be accessed through here.

The change refers to the question “Can the project maintenance resources be used for support any type of publication? ”, on pages 26/27 of the document.

All information about the Program you can acess here.

Visiting Professor Fellowship to Brazil – Professor Cristóbal Bravo Ferretti, from University of Bío-Bío, Chile

Professor Cristóbal Bravo Ferretti, from University of Bío-Bío, Chile, was approved with the Visiting Professor Fellowship to Brazil. He will be with us at the Centre for Healthy Cities, Ageing and Citizenship from 01 to 31 March 2021. The Activities will be on Ageing and Environment Psychologies Approaches to promote Healthy Cities during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cristóbal Bravo currently works at the Department of Social Sciences, University of Bío-Bío. Cristóbal does research in Community Psychology and Social Psychology. Their current funded research project is `Meanings of the Port Environments of the Bío-Bío Region, Chile: an approach from Environmental Psychology ‘.

Photo: Professor Cristóbal Bravo Ferretti, Psychologist, Department of Social Sciences, PhD in Human Science.

Memory Express and the Centre for Healthy Cities, Ageing and Citizenship

The Memory Express Project is promoted by the Post-Graduate Program in Social Memory and Cultural Heritage of the Federal University of Pelotas (UFPel). The Project holds a conversation round every Friday at 17h through Stream Yard application. The meetings are broadcast live via the Project fanpage.

The meeting is coordinated by Professor Juliane Serres, from Federal University of Pelotas, and it is part of the Centre for Healthy Cities, Ageing and Citizenship.

LabCom and Centre for Healthy Cities, Ageing and Citizenship

The Centre for Healthy Cities, Ageing and Citizenship is part of the Behaviour Studies Laboratory (LabCom) of Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil. Every Friday at 4 pm via GoogleMeet, Labcom promotes an informal meeting between researchers, artists, activists, communities, NGOs and everyone interested in topics that address SOCIAL INCLUSION AND WELL-BEING FOR ALL. The idea is to create a forum for the exchange of ideas and knowledge, a moment inspired by our globalized reality, to promote the inclusion and connection for all. Everybody can propose a theme for the next Cafe (and alternative meeting time to adapt to your time zone), it is just to contact our LabCom. We do not have formal meeting registrations, because the proposal is that you can click on the link of the room if you feel like it and participate without formalities.

On 20th November 2020, we had our first LabCom Cafe BREAKFAST :)) Our meeting took place at 10 am in Brazil time and at 1 pm in UK time. Professor Ryan Woolrych, from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, brought us the debate on population ageing and the right to the city. Ryan has been working with us since 2016 when he led the PlaceAge Project with Professor Adriana Portella in the UK and Brazil. Ryan and Adriana formed this network of ageing studies in 2015 when they were invited to the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) WorkShop in London.