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CEGOT is a research centre dedicated to Geography and Spatial Planning, formally recognized by FCT in 2008 and counts with the collaboration of 76 PhD members and 62 PhD students, resulting from a joint cooperation between the Geography Departments of the Universities of Coimbra, Porto and Minho.

The management structure is organized into four bodies: the Coordination represented by Teresa Sá Marques; the Executive Board composed of five members representing the other universities and the centre’s three research groups (António Vieira, Rui Gama, Lúcio Cunha, José Rio Fernandes e Norberto Santo); the Scientific Board composed of all the centre’s PhD holders; and the Assembly comprising all members.

The centre also counts on the consultancy of international researchers, forming the Permanent Counselling Commission, whose current members are Augusto Perez Alberti (University of Santiago de Compostela - Spain), Márcio Morais Valença (Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte - Brazil), Edward Soja (UCLA - USA), Nicos Komminos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki - Greece) and Mark Vetter (Humboldt University of Munich - Germany).

CEGOT edits the semestral journal GOT - Geografia e Ordenamento do Território and organizes every year the CEGOT International Meeting, which has as main theme for 2013 Geography & Politics, Policies and Planning.

The centre is organized into research groups:
  1. Group 1 - Nature and environmental dynamics

  2. Group 2 - City, competitiveness and well-being

  3. Group 3 - Cultural landscapes, tourism and development

Group 1 conducts research on the spatial and territorial effects of the environmental dynamics which affect the Earth’s surface and their interactions with the atmosphere, biosphere and hydrosphere. The Group’s focus falls on four major topics, considering both fundamental and applied research:
  1. geomorphology, climatology and hydrological dynamics in Portugal;
  2. ecological dynamics of the landscape;
  3. natural risks in Portugal;
  4. physical supports of territorial distribution.

Group 2 is centred on promoting the advancement of scientific research on urban questions, namely understanding the organization of urban areas and their multi-scale relations and  overlays. The Group’s approach focuses on exploring and understanding the national territory, through the study of metropolises and cities but also the various forms of urbanism and the way consolidated and diffuse urban areas meet with low density spaces. Dimensions related to population well-being, innovation and territorial competiveness are privileged, highlighting the issues of health, transports and economy from a perspective focused on understanding and/or acting in territorial distribution.

The central goals of Group 3 are to develop and consolidate fundamental and applied research in the domains of tourism, culture and their multistage relations with development. Considering tourism as a strategic domain, to which natural and built heritage, material and immaterial culture and development are associated, this group focuses on the study of two intersecting areas:
  1. tourism;
  2. space dynamics and development.

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