Geopolitics, planning, and territory management

Research projects:

The affirmation of state territorialities in South America

Description: This project aims to conduct a study on the formation of current South American state territories, analysing the process of affirmation of sovereignties existing today as an expression of the very consolidation of States on the South American continent, highlighting, therefore, the history of the definition of their borders and spatial spheres of power. Political and economic solidarity identities mobilised in this process will be examined from the perspective of their spatialities and inter-articulations. Particular attention will be given to actions and proposals for delimitation and incorporation of future expansion areas at the genesis of each State, when the claims of sovereignty over the existing territorial funds, i.e., of control over vast areas – at the time of the consolidation of political autonomy – were not yet fully incorporated into national economies. The conflict caused by this process – in terms of interstate relations, as well as in terms of regional identities and the separatist movements of each State – is the centre of interest of the project, which aims to provide subsidies to the study of the historical foundations of the contemporary geopolitical overview in South America.

Professor in charge: Antonio Carlos Robert de Moraes (


Atlas of vulnerability to climate change in Brazil

Description: This project aims to map the main areas vulnerable to climate change in Brazil in order to produce an instrument that can serve for the planning of actions that will reduce severe socio-environmental impacts that result in the loss of human life and material goods. To this end, it is divided into three parts: urban areas, constructed cultural patrimony, and natural patrimony. Among urban areas, cities and towns representative of urban processes in the country will be analysed.

Professor in charge: Wagner Costa Ribeiro (


Brazil, Mercosul, and South America: the challenges of regional integration in the new world order

Description: The project aims to address one of the main contemporary geopolitical challenges on the foreign agenda of South American countries, since regional integration can undertake territorial dynamics so little thought and stimulated within the continent so far. Energy, environment, military strategy, and infrastructure, among others, are widely analysed and discussed in the architecture of this new regional perspective, which is already in progress.

Professor in charge: Wanderley Messias Costa (


Civilisation, planning, and tourism in Brazil

Description: The immense touristic potential present in Brazil is one of the elements that support the several territorial dynamics, which will not necessarily benefit the places. The project aims to analyse the practices linked to the tourism sector which focus on the national territory, at various scales, from the perspective of state action to the most different social actors.

Professor in charge: Eduardo Abdo Yázigi (


Public policies and regional and local impacts of climate changes on fragile areas

Description: Comparative analysis of public policies related to the impacts of climate change in French and Brazilian locations.

Professor in charge: Neli Aparecida de Mello (


Pressure on peri-urban forests in Mumbai (India) and São Paulo (Brazil)

Description: Comparison of pressure on peri-urban forests in Mumbai and São Paulo.

Professor in charge: Neli Aparecida de Mello (


Geopolitical representations in the current world

Description: This projects aims to list, understand, and criticise geopolitical representations about the 21st century: the clash of civilisations, the definitive triumph of liberal democracy, world disorder, geoeconomy replacing geopolitics, a monopolar, multipolar, uni-multipolar, or apolar order, etc.

Professor in charge: José William Vesentini (