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Carla Gonçalves research and advocates for coastal landscape governance.

Carla Gonçalves is a Portuguese landscape architect who graduated from the University of Porto (2008). She also has a master’s degree in Regional and Urban Planning from the University of Aveiro (2013), where she developed a master’s thesis on implementing the European Landscape Convention in Portuguese municipal spatial plans. Between 2015 and 2022, she assisted different courses in the Landscape Architecture first degree and master’s related to landscape policies, planning and management, which she combined with planning practice across scales.

Currently, she is doing her PhD in Spatial Planning at the Faculty of Engineering, the University of Porto and at the Research Centre for Territory, Transports and Environment (CITTA), funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology through the Doctoral Grant UI/BD/151233/2021. Her research (Towards Coastal Landscape Governance) aims to explore the contribution of coastal landscape governance for safeguarding and enhancing the coastal socio-ecological system. Her scientific areas of activity focus on coastal landscape governance, landscape character assessment, landscape policies, and green infrastructure.

Carla Gonçalves has also been following the implementation of the European Landscape Convention with great enthusiasm, which has inspired her to collaborate with different NGOs, landscape initiatives, and other organizations in Europe and in Latin America. Between 2018- 2021, she was elected Board member and Treasurer of CIVILSCAPE, the international network of civil society organizations, and local and regional authorities that dedicate their work to landscape management, planning and protection in Europe.

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coastal landscape governance; climate change; ocean; landscape policies; landscape sustainability

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