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Benjamin Boudou

Senior research fellow in the Department of Ethics, Law and Politics at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Ethnic and Religious Diversity and the chief editor of the French journal of political theory Raisons politiques. His research interests include migration ethics, sanctuary cities and the history hospitality.

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Edouard Delruelle

PhD in Philosophy of the University of Liège. Professor in Political Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the University of Liège. Co-director of the Research Center "Matérialités de la politique" - MAP-ULG

Areas of expertise: French Thought (Lévi-Strauss, Foucault, Rancière, Lefort, Castoriadis, Balibar, etc). Political and social theory (migrations, wars, Social State, with a focus on articulation between political democracy and social justice). Theory of Equality (discriminations, inequalities, equal opportunities).

Recent publications: Philosophie de l'Etat social. Civilité et dissensus au XXIe siècle, Kimé, 2020; De la laïcité comme dissensus communis and Retour du religieux?, Interrogations, n°25, 2018; Théorie de l'exploitation ou théorie de la destruction? Marx, Polanyi, Fraser, in Revue de Métaphysique et de Morale, Karl Marx, n°4/oct.-déc. 2018, p.503-514.

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Etienne Helmer

Ph.D., Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Puerto Rico (United States).

His research deals with ancient political and economic philosophy; poverty and begging from a philosophical perspective; and ethical and political debates about photography.

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Francisco Colom González 

Professor of Research of the Centre for Humanities and Social Sciences at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). His work has mainly dealt with the normative relations between culture, political identity and social change. More recently, his research interests have turned towards the study of political spaces and urban theory. 

His last authored book is Tristes patrias. Más allá del patriotismo y el cosmopolitismo (Anthropos 2019). He has also edited El espacio político (Anthropos 2015, edited with A. Rivero), The Traditions of Liberty in the Atlantic World (Brill, 2016, edited with A. Rivero), Forma y política de lo urbano. La ciudad como idea, espacio y representación (Crítica - Grupo Planeta, 2016) and Multireligious Society. Dealing with Religious Diversity in Theory and Practice (Routledge - Francis & Taylor Group, 2017, edited with G. D'Amato). In June 2020 he will publish a new edited book: Narrar las ciudades. El espacio urbano a través de los textos (Anthropos)

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Jorge León Casero

Architect, Degree in Philosophy, Degree in Law and PhD in History. Between 2012 and 2016 he worked as Vice Dean of Research in the School of Architecture and Technology at the San Jorge's University (Spain) where he directed the Open Source Architectures research group and was head researcher of the Social Risk Map project funded by Spain's Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.

He is the author of the three-volume book Trilogía Metropolis (Logroño, 2018) and co-editor of the books Disciplines of the City (New York, 2018) and Open Sourcing (Zaragoza, 2016). He currently works as Associate Professor of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Zaragoza and as Architect. 

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Jules Simon

Ph.D. in Philosophy by Temple University. Professor of Philosophy at The University of Texas El Paso. Founder of CSTEP - Center for Science, Technology, Ethics, and Policy, on the principles and praxis of phenomenological ethics. Co-founder and member of the Philosophy of the City Research Group. Areas of Research Specialization: Continental philosophy, Phenomenology, German Idealism, Ethical Theory, Applied Ethics, Aesthetics, Jewish Philosophy.

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Julia Urabayen

Degree and PhD in Philosophy. Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy at the University of Navarra. In recent years, she has mainly dealt with systems of inclusion/exclusion, segregation, public-urban space, forms of political violence, citizenship and the city, as well as governance.

She has published more than 100 works between books and book chapters (mostly in high-impact publishers: Olms, Nova Science Publisher, Porrúa, Pre-textos, among others), and articles in high-impact Journals (Topoi, Sage Open, Anales del Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, Co-herencia, Arbor, Pensamiento, Revista Anales del Seminario de Historia de la Filosofía, Daimón y Pensamiento, among others).

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Magali Bessone

Professor of political philosophy at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, member of the ISJPS (Institut des Sciences Juridique et Philosophique de la Sorbonne, UMR 8103) and associate researcher at CIRESC. She is also a member of the scientific board of the Foundation for the Memory of Slavery.

Her research focuses on contemporary theories of justice, theories of democracy and critical theories of race and racism. She is the author of Sans distinction de race? (Vrin, 2013), the co-editor, with Gideon Calder and Federico Zuolo, of How Groups Matter? Challenges of Toleration in Pluralistic Societies (Routledge, 2014) and the co-editor, with Daniel Sabbagh, of Race, racisme, discriminations: une anthologie de textes fondamentaux (Hermann, 2015). She recently published Faire justice de l'irréparable: esclavage colonial et responsabilités contemporaines (Vrin, 2019).

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Michael Nagenborg 

Assistant Professor for Philosophy of Technology. His current research is located at the intersection of Philosophy of Technology and Philosophy of the City. He is particular interested in remote sensing, IoT in public space, and elevators. He is a member of the board of co-directors of the Philosophy of the City Research Group.

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Nélio Conceição

Research fellow at the Nova Institute of Philosophy - IFILNOVA, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, NOVA University Lisbon. He obtained his PhD in philosophy (aesthetics) from the NOVA University Lisbon in 2013, with a thesis on the relation between philosophy and photography. His research focuses on aesthetics and philosophy of art, and he has been working on the philosophical and artistic ramifications of Walter Benjamin's work, aesthetic values, urban aesthetics and the concept of play. He is currently co-coordinating the FCT-funded project "Fragmentation and Reconfiguration: Experiencing the City between Art and Philosophy" and recently co-edited the volumes Aesthetics and Values: Contemporary Perspectives (Mimesis International, 2021) and Conceptual Figures of Fragmentation and Reconfiguration (IFILNOVA, 2021).

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Nuno Fonseca

Integrated researcher at the Nova Institute of Philosophy - IFILNOVA and, within Culturelab, coordinates the group ?Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art?. He investigates various topics of Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art (aesthetic experience and values) both in the context of sound art and urban experience. In parallel, he continues his research on the Port-Royal Logic, being the author of its first Portuguese translation, published by Fundação Calouse Gulbenkian in 2016. Graduated in Law (1998) and in Philosophy (2004) from the University of Coimbra, he completed his PhD in Philosophy (Epistemology and Theory of Knowledge) at FCSH-UNL in 2012, working on issues of representation and perception.

Among his recent publications: An Empty Space, A Virtual Place: Cultural Life and Creative Solutions In Besieged Cities (2022) (co-authorship) in Proceedings of the AMPS Conference "Cities in a Changing World: Questions of Culture, Climate and Design", Series 24.1, pp. 289-298; An Attempt at Elucidating a Philosophical Topic: Aesthetic experience of or in the city (2021) in Conceição, Ferraro, Fonseca, Fortes & Molder (eds) Conceptual Figures of Fragmentation and Reconfiguration, Lisbon, IFILNOVA, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, pp. 239-259; O cinema português contemporâneo à escuta das margens da cidade (2021) in Cunha, P., Penafria, M., Cabral, F. & Fernandes, T. (eds) Cinema em Português XIII Jornadas, col. Ars, Covilhã: LABCOM, pp. 35-52; Assessing the Quality and Social Impact of Creative Placemaking Practices (2021) (co-authorship) in Annales Series Historia et Sociologia, 31(3), pp. 427-437. 

Ronald Sundstrom

Teacher for USF's Philosophy program, African American Studies program, and the Master of Public Affairs program for the Leo T. McCarthy Center of Public Service and the Common Good. He was awarded the 2008 Sankofa Faculty Award from USF's Multicultural Student Services, USF's 2009 Ignatian Service Award, and was a co-winner of the 2010 USF Distinguished Teaching Award.

His areas of research include political theory, critical social and race theory, and African American and Asian American philosophy. He has published several essays and a book in these areas, including The Browning of America and The Evasion of Social Justice (SUNY, 2008). He continues to work on the social and political theories of American and European figures from the 19th and 20th centuries, and the topics of civic belonging and exclusion. His current project involves social research, and is on fair housing and the effects segregation and integration on democratic life and citizenship.

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Shane Epting

Ph.D., Assistant Professor at Missouri University of Science and Technology, Department of Arts, Languages, and Philosophy.
Cofounder and Codirector of the Philosophy of the City Research Group. Chair of the Advisory Board of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Association.

Recent publications include: Urban Infrastructure and the Problem of Moral Praise, Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology Vol. 25, No. 2. (forthcoming 2021). Participatory Budgeting for Environmental Justice, Ethics, Policy, and Environment (forthcoming 2020). Affordable Housing in Regions with Naturally Occurring Asbestos, Environmental Justice, Vol. 13, No. 1, pp. 15-20 (2020). Automated Vehicles and Transportation Justice, Philosophy & Technology, Vol. 32, No. 3, pp. 389-403 (2019). Transportation Planning for Automated Vehicles? Or Automated Vehicles for Transportation Planning?, Essays in Philosophy, Vol. 20, No. 2, pp. 1-17 (2019).

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Sharon M. Meagher

Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the Faculty, and a Professor of Philosophy at Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY, USA.
A philosopher by training, Meagher has focused on the philosophy of the city, university social responsibility, and global development and sustainability projects.  She is the author of articles on philosophy of the city, urban geography, feminist theory and practice, and ethics and edited the first reader on philosophy of the city.  Her edited volumes include: Handbook on Philosophy and the City, London:  Routledge, 2019, co-edited with Joseph Biehl and Samantha Noll; Philosophy and the City: Classic to Contemporary Writings, State University of New York Press, 2008; Women and Children First: Feminism, Rhetoric, and Public Policy, ed., State University of New York Press, 2005.

In her scholarly work, her teaching, and in her administrative roles, Meagher has been an advocate for the support and inclusion of students and faculty from under-represented groups.  Her research and teaching on philosophy of the city has focused on social justice issues, including understanding the disparate impacts of globalization and various social and economic urban policies on various populations.  An expert on place-based education, Meagher's focus has been on the ways that we must be attentive to difference and inclusion in community-based teaching and service.  

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Vicente Domingo García-Marzá

Professor of Ethics at the Universitat Jaume I of Castellón. He has extended his studies on Politics in Frankfurt (Germany) and on Economic Ethics at St. Gallen (Switzerland), at the Notre Dame University (USA) and at Magee College of the University of Ulster (Northern Ireland). Director of the RG Practical Ethics and Democracy at the Universitat Jaume I. His research lines include: deliberative democracy, business ethics, institutional design, civil society and critical hermeneutics.

Among his many publications the following books and articles stand out: García Marzá, D., Lozano Aguilar, J., Martínez Navarro, E.,  Siurana Aparisi, J. (eds) (2018). Ética y Filosofía Política. Homenaje a Adela Cortina. Madrid, Tecnos. ISBN 9788430974047; Conill, J. y  García Marzá, D. (2020). Neuroeducación moral y democracia. Granada, Comares. ISBN 9788490459645; Fernández-Beltrán, F.,  García-Marzá, D.,  Sanahuja Sanahuja, R.,  Andrés Martínez, A. y Barberá Forcadell, S. (2017): ?La gestión de la comunicación para el impulso de la Investigación e Innovación Responsables: propuesta de protocolo desde la ética dialógica?. Revista Latina de Comunicación Social, 72, pp. 1.040 a 1.062; García-Marzá, D. (2017), ?From ethical codes to ethical auditing: An ethical infrastructure for social responsibility communication?. El profesional de la información, v. 26, n. 2, pp. 268-276. 

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José Luís López-González 

José Luis López González is a postdoctoral researcher, holding a Margarita Salas MGS/2022/14 scholarship, which is funded by the Ministry of Universities of Spain. He is affiliated with the research group Ethics and Democracy at Universitat Jaume I in Spain. At present, he is undertaking a postdoctoral residency at the Institute of Philosophy, University of Porto.

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Members of the RG Philosophy & Public Space


Ana Carina Vilares

Ph.D. in Ethics and Political Philosophy since 2014 by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto, with the thesis The Ethical Path of Recognition. A dialogue with Adela Cortina, published in Portugal as a book. 

Main research interests: Ethics and Politics (articulation), Social and Political Philosophy and the concept and practice of Recognition as a philosophical, ethical and political issue (working within the main references of Aristóteles, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Arendt, Rawls, Habermas, Honneth, Cortina, Benhabib and Fraser).

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Joaquim José Escola

Ph.D. in Education from the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (2003). Master in Contemporary Philosophy from the University of Coimbra. Assistant Professor of definitive appointment of the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro.

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José Alberto Pinheiro

Ph.D. in Philosophy at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto. Professor of higher education since 2010 in the areas of visual studies, video and cinema, currently directing the Postgraduate's Degree in Argument at the Higher School of Media Arts and Design - Polytechnic of Porto. Director, screenwriter and producer of cinema and television, he has an extensive background in the areas of fiction and documentary. Developed curatorial work in film and visual arts, as well as editorial coordination. Integrated member of the IPP's Media Arts and Design Research Unit.

Luca valera

Ph.D. in Bioethics and Philosophy, Luca Valera is Associate Professor in Philosophy and Director of the Center for Bioethics at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. From 2013 to 2015 he attended as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at FAST (Institute of Philosophy of Scientific and Technological Practice) at UCBM. He has been Visiting Scholar in Philosophy and Applied Ethics at the Department of Philosophy, Universidad de Valladolid, Valladolid (Spain) in 2018 and Visiting Professor in Bioethics, at the Department of Educational Sciences, Università degli Studi di Roma Tre, Rome (Italy). His main research interests are the field of Bioethics, Environmental Philosophy (with particular concerns on Arne Naess's Ecosophy), Ethics, Philosophical Anthropology, and Philosophy of Technology. 

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Magda Costa Carvalho

Ph.D. on Henri Bergson's Concept of Nature. Her research focuses on P4C, as well as on environmental philosophy. She holds Levels 1 and 2 of SAPERE's P4C training. Teacher at the University of the Azores, Portugal. Member of NICA: Interdisciplinary Center for Childhood and Adolescence, at the University of the Azores. She is the Director of a Masters Program in Philosophy for Children (University of the Azores).

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Maria Assumpta Coimbra

Ph.D. in Philosophy at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto. Degree in Philosophy from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Coimbra. Master's Degree in Educational Sciences and Post-Graduate in Management of Education and Educational Administration from the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Coimbra. Teacher of Philosophy of Secondary Education. Director of the Coimbra Interior Schools Association Training Center.

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Maria João Couto

Ph.D. in Philosophy since 2013 by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto. Assistant  Professor at the Department of Philosophy  of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto. Founding member of the Society of Philosophy of Education in Portuguese Language in Sociedade de Filosofia da Educação de Língua Portuguesa, Member of the Société Francophone de Philosophie de l'Éducation (SOFPHIED). President of the Ethics Commission of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto.

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Paula Cristina Pereira 

Ph.D., Professor at the Department of Philosophy of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto. Cofounder and Principal Researcher of the Research Group Philosophy and Public Space

Her research interests include Philosophical Anthropology, Ethics and Politics, Philosophy of the City, public space, Philosophy of Education, the sense of the common and common goods. Last published works: "Presentación. Nuevos sujetos políticos en la postmetrópolis" (co-author) in Arbor, 198(803-804), a634 (2022), Urabayen, J. & Pereira, P. C. (eds) (2022); "Introducción", in Recerca. Revista de Pensament i Anàlisis, monographic issue "Filosofía de la ciudad", Pereira, P., López-González, J. & García-Marzá, D. (eds) (2020); "City and common space", in Meagher, S., Noll, S. & Biehl, J. (eds) (2019), The Routledge Handbook on Philosophy of the City, pp. 253- 262; Technology, democracy and participated knowledge, in Formazione & Insegnamento, Rivista quadrimestrale di ricerca, documentazione e critica, anno XVIII, Nº 03 (2019); "Philosophy of the city", in Pereira, Paula Cristina & Couto, Maria João (orgs.) (2018), Philosophy, City and Public Space, pp. 151-163.

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Tiago Mesquita Carvalho

Degree in Environmental Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico and a Master's in Philosophy of Nature and the Environment from the Faculty of Arts of the University of Lisbon (2012). He was an FCT doctoral fellow and completed a doctoral thesis in Philosophy of Technology at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (2019). He is also a member of the Portuguese Society for Environmental Ethics and was a researcher and translator in the Philosophy and Landscape Architecture project (PTDC/FIL-FIL/100565/2008) and researcher in the EyeHEAR project, Qualitative sound maps for visualization of the urban soundscapes (PTDC/ AMB/73207/2006).  He is a researcher at CoLABOR in the line of the impact of technologies on work and employment. He has published articles in journals in Portugal and abroad mainly on philosophy and history of technology, virtue ethics, science and technology studies, ethics and environmental aesthetics.

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Bruno Ribeiro Bré

PhD student at the Doctoral Program in Philosophy of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto. Degree in Philosophy since 2020 at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto and Master Degree in Philosophy since 2022 at the same Faculty. 

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Gisela Rebelo de Faria

Gisela's work is developed through the articulation between architectural practices, artistic creation and research. She explores themes of Public Space, Philosophy of the City, Urban Aesthetics, Urban Studies, Art for Public Space and Performativity, experimenting, in an urban context and through disciplinary crossings, an aesthetic, immaterial, discursive and performative interference, which seeks to transform space of public use into effective public space - the "common place". She is a researcher with a scholarship (FCT - Research Grant Ref. 2022/50) at the RG Philosophy & Public Space  of the Institute of Philosophy of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto, where she is developing her PhD project. She is co-founder of the cultural cooperative Limina, based in Porto, where she is artistic director and curator. Master in Architecture by Escola Superior Artística do Porto with the dissertation/project "Preencher o vazio urbano - Casa do Artista em Vila Real" and Master in Art and Design in Public Space by Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto, with the dissertation/project "Lugar-cidade-tempo: a performatividade da experiência estética em contexto urbano".

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Irandina Afonso

Ph.D. student at the Doctoral Program in Philosophy at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto. Ph.D. Studentship holder, funded by FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (the Portuguese national funding agency for science, research and technology). Master Degree in Contemporary Philosophy at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto (2020). Degree in Philosophy at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto (2018). Research interests: contemporary identity politics, philosophy of the city and public space, contemporary subjectivity, non-binary gender studies, ethics, social and political thinking.

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José Luís Gonçalves

Master in Philosophy of Education by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto. Ph.D. candidate at the University of Porto. Graduated in Philosophy and Theology. Teacher, since 2005, of Social Pedagogy, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Contemporary Currents of Education, Ethics and Professional Deontology, among others. Teacher of the Graduate and Master Programs of the Higher School of Education Paula Frassinetti. Dean of College of Paula Frassinetti, Porto, Portugal. 

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Pedro Ferreira

PhD student at the Doctoral Program in Philosophy at the University of Porto and research fellow at the RG Philosophy & Public Space of the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Porto (FIL/00502), under the scope of the Institute of Philosophy Project with reference UIDB/00502/2020. Degree in Philosophy from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto (FLUP). His main research interests include Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Cinema and Philosophy of Education.

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