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Collaboration & empowerment

Critical Reflection

Training and collaborative emancipatory learning

wTeamUp develops group dynamics that promote a genuine dialogue, supported by the knowledge of those involved. Aims to facilitate the collaboration and empowerment of the participants, creating communities of practice and contributing to build collaborative and innovative strategies and policies.


In sum, this contributes to the building up of the collective intelligence generation a greater potential for social transformation.

wTeamUp’s technical training is done in a collaborative and dynamic way, fostering emancipatory learning of those involved, in areas so diversified as facilitation, conflict resolution, marketing and communication.


Informal and dynamic spaces are inductors of creativity and crucial generators of social, intellectual and political capital

wTeamUp theorizes from practice and improves from theorizing, evaluating / reflecting about processes and extracting lessons in an action-research attitude to assure a continuous improvement of techniques / methodologies.


This continuous exercise action-research and research-action contributes to a growing specialized knowledge in these areas.

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A wTeamUp  is a research and reflection team that develops, designs and implements participatory processes to mobilize / engage multi-stakeholders in collaborative contexts, building new modes of governance in public policies in areas such as environment, land use management and environmental management.


We combine excellence of the research process with the professional experience of our team in a circular process supported by innovative techniques of participation/collaboration, consensus building and multiparty mediation.

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Lia Vasconcelos

Professor at the Department of Environmental Engineering, FCT New University of Lisbon and researcher at MARE - Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre ( focuses her research on innovative decision-making processes, namely in developing methodologies for engaging multi-stakeholders in collaborative processes towards new forms of governance in collaborative public policy in planning and environmental management.  

In this context, she has coordinated the MARGov Project, that aimed the development of a collaborative governance model for marine protected areas and the participatory component of the project funded by the EU (FP7) in FCT MARLISCO - MARINE LITER in European Seas: Social Awarenes and CO-Responsibility (,, which aims to promote social awareness and co-responsibility of society in the face of marine litter.

In MARE she is responsible for the Thematic Line Policy and Governance. She was a member of the directive board of SPECO (Portuguese Society of Ecology) and of Liga Portuguesa da Natureza, in which she is an active member.  Since 2009, she is a member of the Portuguese National Council of Environment and Sustainable Development. Recently she coordinate in FCT NOVA the H2020 project UrbanWINS.

Author and editor of several publications, she has coordinate the book Sustainability in the 21st century – The Power of Dialogue (2015) reporting a wide range of governance models build bottom up.

Lia Vasconcelos
Idalina Baptista
Idalina Baptista

Is wTeamUp’s co-founder, collaborating on various projects and following up the activities of the group. Idalina is currently Associate Professor at the University of Oxford, where she teaches Masters and PhDs in Sustainable Urban Development and develops research on urbanization and energy infrastructures in African countries. Idalina has a PhD in City and Regional Planning and a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, and a degree in Environmental Engineering from Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

Ursula Caser
Ursula Caser

She completed the Master Européen en Médiation at the Institut Universitaire Kurt Bösch in Sion, Switzerland (2000); She holds a degree in Geography from the Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität in Munich, Germany (1989). Since 2002 she has been an official Conflict Mediator accredited by the Ministry of Justice. She has accreditations as a business mediator of CEDR - Center for Effective Dispute Resolution (UK), and certification by ICFML - Institute for Certification and Training of Lusophone Mediators (P) and IMI - International Mediation Institute (NL). She is delegated to Portugal at the EMNI - European Mediation Network Initiative and member of several national mediation associations. She is part of the OSCE - International Mediation and Dialogue Expert Roster and is accredited as Thematic Expert in the URBACT III program. She has extensive experience as a mediation trainer (nationally and internationally). Since 2012, she is Managing Partner of MEDIATEDOMAIN, Lda.

Flávia Silva

Degree in Environmental Engineering (Specialization in Environmental Management and Recovery) from Universidade Técnica de Lisboa – Instituto Superior de Agronomia, with a Master's Degree in Environmental Engineering, Management and Environmental Systems Profile at Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCT-UNL), is a collaborator at FCT-UNL, in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering. She was one of the responsible for the implementation and promotion of Environmental Education Program of MARGov Project - Collaborative Governance in Marine Protected Areas and she was part of the team of the European Project MARLISCO - MARINE Litter in European Seas: Social Awarenes and CO-Responsibility (FP7-SIS). More recently she has coordinate the Projet Fish THE Fish – Reporters for the Literacy of the SEA (EEA Grants). She follows up the Group of the SEA, which resulted from the MARGov project. She is researcher at MARE - Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre and volunteer at Portuguese Association of Marine Litter.

Flávia Silva
José Carlos Ferreira
José Carlos Ferreira

José Carlos Ferreira is Assistant Professor at Universidade Nova de Lisboa (NOVA University), School of Science and Technology (FCT NOVA), Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (DCEA) and researcher at MARE - Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre (MARE NOVA).

He holds a PhD in Environment and Sustainability, esp. In Environmental Engineering and Sustainability (Universidade Nova de Lisboa / NOVA University), M.Sc. in Physical Geography and Environment (University of Lisbon) and B.Sc. in Geography and Regional Planning, var. Physical Geography (University of Lisbon).

His research activity is carried out within environmental planning, green infrastructure and territorial services, Ecosystem-based management, Strategies to adapt to an uncertain climate change, assessment and management of vulnerability and risk in complex territories.

Filipa Ferreira

She completed Integrated Master in Environmental Engineering, profile Environmental Systems Engineering profile at the Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologias of Universidade Nova de Lisboa, with a thesis on the theme "Urban Parks: Socio-ecological and Economic Assessment", which proposes a multi-dimensional methodology for urban parks’s evaluation. She completed a curricular internship at Agência Portuguesa do Ambiente and an internship at National Council of Environment and Sustainable  Development in the context of environmental policy evaluation. Currently she is part of the team of anH2020 project "UrbanWINS", project about urban metabolism combined with public participation, and she is also part of the team of the project " Embaixadores pela Biodiversidade- Lourinhã | Torres Vedras ", being responsible for the development and implementation of the project in the Municipality of Lourinhã. Collaborates with the coordinating team of Group of the SEA in the development of its activities.

Filipa Ferreira
Renato Monteiro
Renato Monteiro

Renato Monteiro is a researcher in the Department of Sciences and Environmental Engineering of NOVA FCT and in MARE – Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre and holds a MSc in Environmental Engineering, specialized in Environmental Systems by the NOVA University of Lisbon (2016). He is currently attending the Doctoral Program in E-Planning and his research focus on the land management field, especially in green infrastructures and greenways, ecosystem services, climate change adaptation and environmental risks.

Cláudio Macedo Duarte

Student of the Integrated Master in Environmental Engineering at the Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia of Universidade Nova de Lisboa and researcher at MARE-Nova.

Has developed research work in areas other than Environmental Engineering, namely Ecology, Space Analysis and Environmental Education.

Active in the youth associations, being founding member of Associação Cultural Sintonizados and currently President of the Ecozoic Board of Directors - Youth Association for the Environment and Human Rights.

Cláudio Macedo Duarte
Ricardo de Campos Resende
Ricardo de Campos Resende

Researcher at MARE-Nova, with a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering - Environmental Systems Engineering Profile, by Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia of Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He has completed an internship at National Council of Environment and Sustainable Development (CNADS where he has developed a study on “The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Objectives in the Great Options of the Plan 2017 – an evaluation in the context of public policies” that supported his master’s thesis. Currently collaborates with wTeamUp where he provides support to various ongoing projects.

Other collaborators:

Ana Sofia Ribeiro, Ana Mascarenhas, Bruno Tavares, Carla Moleiro, Cristina Baptista, Eduardo Santos, Fábio Cardona, Filipa Ferro, Helena Ferreira, Hugo Tente, Inês Freire, Inês Paulino, Laura Longhitano, Luciana Macedo, Lurdes Parracho, Maria João Marques, Maria João Pereira, Márilisa Coelho, Mónica Ribau, Norma Franco, Nuno Former, Nuno Pegado, Nuno Ramos, Patrícia Costa, Patrícia Liberal, Paula Lucas, Paulo Raposeiro, Rita Correia, Rita Fouto, Rita Sá, Rui Santos, Sofia Simões, Sueli Ventura. 



Departamento de Ciências e Engenharia do Ambiente

Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia

Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Campus de Caparica

2829-516 Caparica


Telephone: (+351) 212 948 397


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