University of Porto


CITTA – Research Centre for Territory, Transports and Environment
Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto
leader of WP 3 and contributor to WP 5 and 6
Rua Dr. Roberto Frias s/n
4200465 Porto, Portugal
tel.: +351 22 508 1622
fax: +351 22 508 1486

Contact persons:

Paulo Pinho
tel.: +351 22 508 1485

Sara Santos Cruz
tel.: +35 122 508 1903

Magda Barbosa

Vitor Oliveira

Mafalda Silva

CITTA, the Research Centre for Territory, Transports and Environment, is one of the research units of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Oporto. Research activities carried out in CITTA are organised under three main research areas: Planning and Environmental Assessment, Urban Planning and Housing and Transport Planning and Logistics. Most of the research carried out in CITTA is inter and pluri-disciplinary, particularly on the interface between Civil Engineering, Planning and Applied Social Sciences.

For the specific purposes of this proposal the first research area on Environmental Planning and Assessment is the most relevant. Research under this heading is currently covering the following two topics:

  • Evaluation on planning;
  • Further assessment of the effectiveness of the different components of the Portuguese Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) system.

The first topic has been focusing on the evaluation of urban planning, addressing different issues such as plan making, plan implementation, planning practice and development control.. With respect to the second topic, EIA has been for a long time a central topic of research in this group. CITTA started by the overall design and assessment of the effectiveness of the EIA system, back in the mid 90s, and went on to analyse particular components of the EIA procedure, such as the decision making process or the implementation of mitigation measures. In the following years further research is justified focusing on the new scoping and screening processes, on public participation procedures and on the new requirements for the so-called post evaluation in EIA.