Dr Aline Fernandes Barata

PhD in Planning, Oxford Brookes University
MSc in Urbanism, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
BA in Architecture and Urbanism, Federal University of Juiz de Fora

Pronouns: She/her
  • Research Associate in Urban and Regional Studies

Aline joined Loughborough University as a Research Associate in Urban and Regional Studies in 2023. She currently supports the research and impact activity for ‘The Impact Hub’ (TIH) interdisciplinary project funded by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) ‘Town Fund’. The Impact Hub is a collaboration between the School of Design and Creative Arts, the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering (SABCE), and Charnwood Borough Council.

Previously, Aline worked as a Research Associate and Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, and Architect and Planning Assistant in the public sector in Brazil.

Since 2011, Aline has been involved in research that looks at:

  • Participatory practices within and outside the state
  • Mobility justice in informal settlements
  • Global South theories
  • Tactical Urbanism interventions
  • Community gardens and ethnicity
  • Urban heritage
  • Master plans

Recent publications:

Banyai-Becker, W., Riley-Powell, A.R., Bennett, J., Fernandes Barata, A., Hafez, N. O., Isiaka, A., B., Nyiti, A., Puskás, N., Vallejo, A., and Youngs, J. (forthcoming) ‘Engaging with knowledge co-production: Critical reflections from global doctoral researchers’, in Johnson, C., Cástan-Broto, V., Kombe, W., Lipietz, B., Ortiz, C. and Osuteye, E. (eds) Co-production as a practical strategy for urban equality. London: UCL Press.

Fernandes Barata, A., Jones, T. and Brownill, S. (2023) ‘Understanding the multiple roles of participation in urban mobility. An investigation of spaces for participation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’, in Hansson, L., Rye, T. and Sørensen, C. H. (eds) Public participation in transport in times of change. Bingley: Emerald Publising.

Fernandes Barata, A. and Sansão Fontes, A. (2022) ‘De teste para política híbrida: o Programa de Praças de Nova York’, Risco Revista, 22, pp.185-202. doi:10.11606/1984-4506.risco.2021.159706

Fernandes Barata, A. (2019) ‘The Nexus of Social Participation and Healthy Urban Mobility in Brazil’, TDE Postgraduate Research Student Conference Booklet, Oxford Brookes University, pp.13-17. ISBN 978-1-9165043-2-5

Fernandes Barata, A. and Sansão Fontes, A. (2017) ‘Tactical Urbanism and Sustainability: Tactical Experiences in the Promotion of Active Transportation’, International Journal of Civil, Environmental, Structural, Construction and Architectural Engineering, 11(6), pp.734-739. doi:10.5281/zenodo.1130703

Before joining Loughborough University, Aline has contributed to teaching at Oxford Brookes University on the following themes:

  • Research Methods for Design (Master of Architecture)
  • Urban Regeneration and Historic Conservation (BA Urban Design and Planning)
  • Architecture and Open Space Design (BA Urban Design and Planning)
  • Graphics Support (School of the Built Environment)
  • Urban Design Principles (BA Real State and Foundation level)


2019-2022: Global Challenges PhD Studentship, Oxford Brookes University
2017-2018: Sustain-T Project, Erasmus Mundus (Master's mobility at the Czech Technical University in Prague)
2017: TEC Nota 10 Studentship, Faperj
2016-2017: Full-time CNPq Master's studentship, Brazilian government
2013-2014: Science Without Borders Studentship (CNPq), Brazilian government (Undergraduate sandwich period at De Montfort University)
2011-2013: UFJF Scientific Initiation Studentship