Urban and Regional Planning

  • With a view toward the study of the process and dynamics of the socio-spatial transformation of contemporary urban and regional spaces, the University of the Valley of the Paraiba Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning is structured in terms of its conceptual/theoretical and methodological framework, along the axis of building a conceptual, analytical, and empirical foundation through research and Master’s degree program with research directed toward the acquisition of knowledge (theory) that supports in-depth critical/analytical understanding of the historical and contemporary/current processes that shape the organization of society with regard to space, land use, and the environment. In addition, the Program is committed to the search for understanding and criticism of planning that has been conceived and/or has actually been put into practice within different conceptualizations. The Program focuses on critical reflection on the production/ construction/ building process of urban and regional spaces in contemporary society, with the applied social sciences at the Program’s core, and with interfaces with areas of the exact sciences and technology, such as the biological sciences and humanities from which the Program’s teaching staff is drawn.

    Thus, the UNIVAP Stricto Sensu Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning has as its general objectives the promotion of the sciences through research itself, through education comprising teaching and the formation of a corps of researchers; and through the socialization of knowledge which brings about social development. These three scientific areas are linked to a knowledge of the social production of space and of the environment and the urban and regional planning processes of contemporary society to build its future with an intentional commitment to social justice. The Program concentrates on “Urban and Regional Planning,” where it seeks to contribute to the development of planning strategies and studies on both an urban and regional scale, using interdisciplinary analytical approaches that provide some understanding of the social-spatial dynamics at work as they relate to the multiple variables of policies, culture, economics, and land use. At least two approaches follow from this context: the analysis that pinpoints possible new explanations for the socio-spatial organization processes, urban-regional plans and planning, as well as the search for new scenarios and creation of theoretical updates which are compatible with the current stage of social/land/environmental dynamics on an urban and regional scale, which is, currently, a complex, systematic endeavor. The inclusion of a regional, and even national scope to the Program enables it to get research off the ground, in light of the considerable lack of regional studies and plans, and to increase knowledge of metropolitan institutionalization and/or of metropolitanization/urbanization processes, be they in the state of São Paulo or nationally. The lack of studies in this area led CAPES to sponsor an international seminar on “Brazilian Metropolitanization/Urbanization and the Challenges of Urban Management: the Role of Graduate Education,“ in May of 2012, in Brasília. The demand for the formation of expertise in this area of regional/metropolitan issues, with its contrasts and contradictions, is one of the guiding axes of the UNIVAP program.

    It should be noted that, in the general regional context in which this Program is situated, at this moment in history, (final pg 13) there are large public/private investments at the federal and state level in logistics, transportation, and air-road-port systems; in infrastructure and energy (gas pipelines, pre-salt ocean drilling); while, at the same time, work relations and conditions become ever more precarious in conjunction with the trend toward a reduction in the participation in industrial activity, which has been going on in recent decades. This scenario can produce substantial transformation within the region and in the organization of society, which the Program intends to study with consistency and innovation.

    The Graduate Program offers two levels/vieis of continued study, according to the area of specialization: for the Master’s degree, it provides the fundamentals for building/learning about the subject; then, at a more advanced level, the Doctoral program proposes the foundation for the development of theories in Urban and Regional Planning; thereby establishing a trajectory of conceptual constructs for the student to delve into theoretical-conceptual discussions about Urban and Regional Planning. For those with undergraduate degrees in the field, the Program offers more direct contact with the required courses for the doctorate, which are designed to enable the students to develop their own theories in the field of Urban and Regional Planning.

    Duration Maximum: 48 months
  • This Graduate Program of the University of the Valley of the Paraiba focuses on ‘Urban and Regional Planning’ and seeks to develop an interdisciplinary approach that allows for the analysis and understanding of the social-spatial dynamic, and that relates it to political, cultural, ideological, economic and physical-territorial variables. The Valley of the Paraiba and surrounding regions serve as one of its laboratories, although study is not restricted to this region; other important regions are included under the purview of the urbanization process. The Program seeks to contribute to the development of studies and planning strategies on an urban and regional scale.

    Line 1: Planning, public policies and the structuring of spaces
    This research focus group studies the socio-environmental characteristics of a territory and the relationships between local and regional changes and global dynamics so as to subsidize /fund? studies and planning strategies which promote sustainable development.

    Line 2: Planning, population, and socio-environmental development
    This line of research treats spatial dynamics, both urban and regional, highlighting the resulting impact of socio-economic and political processes as they intervene in the organization of space. The focus, therefore, is on the different actors involved. . Compare 1 e 2 com conteúdo da pg 17 onde a mesma descrição está trocada

    Line 3: Planning, Space, and Culture
    This research track focuses on the historical-social processes that form the city and surrounding region and the collective representations of what is urban and rural. It studies the dynamics of land use, with an emphasis on the construction of social identities and memories.
  • Total Credits Required for a Degree: 30
    17 credits in required courses
    4 credits in elective courses, 2 credits per course
    9 credits in Research and Dissertation 
  • Coordinator Course: Prof. Adriane P.h.D.
    E-mail: adriane@univap.br