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University of Porto, 12th May 2017

Planning for Climate Change: Political Climate and Policy Changes


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Theme of the conference


Over the last decades, climate change has evolved from an issue of interest to some natural scientists primarily, into one of the top priorities on the global policy agenda. Yet, domestic political institutions and policy-maker's normative commitments continue to play a key role in countries’ decisions to mitigate, to plan for and to adapt to the effects of climate change. Therefore, the extent to which the international political climate frames the nature of national policies for climate change is still very much on the agenda, but with new nuances and facets. The CITTA 10th Annual Conference on Planning Research tackles this timely issue by discussing the challenges that communities and governments face when it comes to planning for climate change.


Keynote speakers


João Pedro Matos Fernandes - Minister for the Environment


Filipe Duarte Santos - Full Professor at Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa

Filipe Duarte Santos

  Filipe Duarte Santos is a Full Professor of Physics, Geophysics and Environment at Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa and the Director of the PhD program on Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies, which is offered in partnership with Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
Author of more than a hundred articles, Filipe Duarte Santos has recently published a considerable number of reports and articles covering the topic of climate change and its impacts. He was the Coordinator of the SIAM Project, “Climate Change in Portugal. Scenarios, Impacts and Adaptation Measures”, and the Principal Investigator of several research projects in the area of climate change and environment.
Filipe Duarte Santos is, in fact, renowned as one of the world's leading experts in Environmental Sciences and Climate Change. He was Vice-President to the UN Commission on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, Delegate to the Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Review Editor for the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.


Vanesa Castan Broto - Senior Professor at Bartlett Development and Planning Unit, University College of London


Organizing Committee



 Scientific Committee


Álvaro Seco (CITTA-UC); António Pais Antunes (CITTA-UC), Isabel Breda Vázquez (CITTA-UP); Kenneth Button (George Mason University); Paulo Conceição (CITTA-UP); Paulo Pinho (CITTA-UP); Simin Davoudi (Newcastle University).




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