The Project aims to propose technological tools that can help to understand and address issues related to the vulnerability of Venezuelan refugees in Brazil and Colombia, considering the context of the pandemic COVID-19. For more information, visit the link below.



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Our team is composed of researchers from Brazil, Colombia, USA and UK. If you want to be part of our team, contact us by e-mail of the general coordinator of the Project, Profa. Adriana Portella ( For more information, visit the link below.



The Project Building Resilient Communities to Support the Health and Wellbeing of Venezuelan Refugees in Brazil and Colombia is developed by the Behavior Studies Laboratory (LabCom) of the Federal University of Pelotas (UFPel), in partnership with the University of La Sabana in Colombia and other institutions in Brazil, the United Kingdom and the United States. The Laboratory and our Project team aim to promote healthy and inclusive cities through research that can support the formulation of public policies in low and middle income countries. Our investigations are related to how to include vulnerable communities in the city´s governance and design. Our goal is to combine humanitarian practice with urban and regional development, two fields that have traditionally been based on different areas of academic research. In the Laboratory we are located in room 108 of the School of Architecture and Urbanism at UFPel and we have an international team of professors, researchers and scholarship holders. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our activities are being carried out in a home office, and every Friday at 4 pm we hold an Online Café Meeting to talk about topics of social inclusion and well-being for all. Contact us for more information and to participate, the meeting is open to everyone interested. Contact: Prof Adriana Portella /


The Project searches to encourage interinstitutional cooperation and internationalization, and we are always open to the participation of new researchers in our team. If you are interested in participating in the project and/or want to know more about our work, feel free to contact us through our Project Coordinator: Profa Adriana Portella -, Associate Professor at the School of Architecture and Urbanism of the Federal University of Pelotas. Address: Laboratory for Behavioral Studies, Federal University of Pelotas, School of Architecture and Urbanism, room 108, Benjamin Constant Street, 1359. Pelotas | Rio Grande do Sul | Brazil. Zip: 96010-020. Telephone: 53. 32845500.