Sónia Alves


Sónia Alves is a post-doc research fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon and a visiting researcher at the Danish Building Research Institute of Aalborg University in Denmark. Her first degree is in Geography from the University of Porto (1997). She holds an MPhil in Urban Planning (2002, Faculty of Engineering), and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Lisbon (2011, ISCTE). After being awarded with an individual grant by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, in September 2012 she returned to academia and in the context of a post- doctoral research project, she has researched extensively on comparative welfare state regimes and the differential impact of urban and housing policies upon social groups and areas within cities.

Main publications

  • Alves, S (2016). Poles Apart? A Comparative Study of Housing Policies and Outcomes in Portugal and Denmark. Housing, Theory and Society, online first.
  • Alves, S (2016). Assessing the impact of area-based initiatives in deprived neighborhoods: The example of S. João de Deus in Porto, Portugal. Journal of Urban Affairs, online first.
  • Alves, S (2015). Welfare State Changes and Outcomes: the Cases of Portugal and Denmark from a Comparative Perspective. Social Policy & Administration, 49(1), 1-23.