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Dr Francisca Lima

Lecturer in Landscape Architecture

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Education/Academic qualification

2011Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Edinburgh
The Role of Open Spaces in the Future of Depopulated Urban Environments
1999Postgraduate Diploma, University of Lisbon
Landscape Aesthetics


Francisca Lima is a lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the University of Edinburgh where she teaches history and theory of landscape architecture.

She completed her PhD in Landscape Architecture at the University of Edinburgh in 2016 where she explored the importance of the role of open spaces to the revival of depopulated urban environments with a scholarship from the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation. Francisca’s research interests range from landscape theory, history, perception and aesthetics, to urban decline and green spaces in relation to community engagement and wellbeing.

Since 2005 she has been collaborating in research projects with the Philosophy Research Center of the University of Lisbon and recently with the OPENspace research centre, University of Edinburgh. Francisca co-chaired the conferences, Shrinking Cities I Expanding Landscapes (2013) and Landscape and Life (2017), with the support of the University of Edinburgh and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation respectively, among many other sponsors, and has worked as a guest co-editor of a special issue of the journal, Landscape Research

Francisca has been working as an independent designer since 2009 and since January 2016 has been a partner in Bound, an award-winning landscape architecture office based in Lisbon.

In 2005, Francisca completed her degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Lisbon, with a final dissertation focusing on the theme of Landscape Aesthetics (20/20). In that same year she worked as a trainee at LEAF (Linking Landscape, Environment, Agriculture and Food), a research centre based at the University of Lisbon.

Research outputs

  1. Ecological value of abandoned wild landscapes in Chinese cities

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  2. Shrinking cities: Rethinking landscape in depopulating urban contexts

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

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Research activities & awards

  1. Geometry of Infinity

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  2. ESALA's PGR Director / Interim

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

  3. ESALA Declares Launch

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar

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Research projects

  1. Kick Start Funding

    Project: University Awarded Project Funding

  2. Devolved Researcher Grant

    Project: University Awarded Project Funding

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