Position: Researcher

Academic background:

PhD in Human Geography (University of Lisbon, 1999)

Master in Human Geography and Local and Regional Planning (University of Lisbon, 1991)

Degree in Geography (University of Lisbon, 1986)

Research Group: ZOE

Email: mario.vale@campus.ul.pt

Research interests: Geographies of Economies, Innovation and Regional Change, Urban and Regional Studies, Regional Development Policies, City-region Planning

ORCID: 0000-0002-4548-2459

Mário Vale


Mário Vale has a Degree in Geography, a Master’s degree in Human Geography and Local and Regional Planning and a PhD Degree in Human Geography from the University of Lisbon. He holds a position as Full Professor at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon. He was Visiting Research Fellow at CURDS (Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies), at the University of Newcastle) in 2006 and a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Department of Geography at UCLA (University of California Los Angeles) in 2013. Currently, he is Director of the Centre for Geographical Studies, University of Lisbon, and a member of ZOE research cluster in CEG.
He has been working on urban and regional economic change, especially in the European periphery, combining institutional, evolutionary and political economy perspectives in economic geography. His research has been supported by several research projects of national and international (FP4, 5 and 6, Gremi-T, Integrated Actions and FCT).
He was President of the Portuguese Association of Geographers (2004-2008) and Vice-Chair of the Regional Studies Association (2008-2011) and is currently FeRSA (Fellow of the Regional Studies Association) and RSA ambassador in Portugal.