Tatiana Moreira de Souza has completed her PhD in planning studies at University College London in 2016. Her PhD research investigated the nature and extent of interpersonal interactions in neighbourhoods having experienced physical restructuring with a view to promoting social mix through housing tenure diversification. Opting for a cross-national comparative study between the United Kingdom and the Netherlands — with case studies in London and Amsterdam neighbourhoods where live large proportions of ethnic minority groups, and drawing from participant observation, semi-structured interviews and self-completion questionnaires – her research sought to shed further light on neighbouring relations and on the extent to which local public spaces, generally improved or created during urban regeneration, facilitate cross-tenure social interaction. The analytical framework proposed in her thesis not only highlighted issues of geographical propinquity and homophily but also issues that were extraneous to planning and housing strategies and that affected the probability of encounters with difference and influence the way public spaces are used.
Tatiana’s research interests include urban governance, social and ethnic diversity, as well as community and neighbourhood studies. Since 2012, she has been working as a postgraduate teaching assistant in the areas of urban regeneration, urban design, and modules discussing the main socio-economic processes impinging on urbanisation and contemporary theoretical interpretations of the development, structure and sustainability of cities. Since 2015, she has also been working as a research assistant in DIVERCITIES (www.urbandivercities.eu), a project funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration, which investigates the ways in which Europe can benefit from having an increasingly diverse population by focusing on issues related to social cohesion, social mobility and the economic performance of major cities.