MPRE Master of Planning with Real Estate

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Environment and Development Fieldtrip

Unit code PLAN20172
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Planning and Environmental Management
Available as a free choice unit? No


This module will introduce students to urban and regional policy, exploring its evolution and considering the experience of a number of individual cities. The course will consider the ways in which local and national political considerations impact upon changing policy outcomes. It will trace the evolution of urban and regional policy over time, exploring the historical roots of spatial or area-based intervention and identifying contrasts and comparisons with contemporary policy.


  • Assess the interrelationships between environmental, social and economic processes in the context of a region spanning urban and rural areas.

  • Consider the ways in which environmental management strategies and planning policies have been formulated to address problems and harness opportunities in a dynamic functional region.

  • Explore comparisons and contrasts with experience in UK cities and consider whether there are lessons to be drawn in respect of effective policy and governance.







Introduction to the module


Introduction to planning, real estate and environmental management issues in Portugal




Research methods in the field I




Research methods in the field II


Pre-trip briefing session


 Field visit to Portugal




Knowledge and understanding

  • Understand the key environmental, social and economic characteristics of Porto and the Douro Valley and their interrelationships within a functional regional space.

Intellectual skills

  • Identify the principal environmental, social and economic challenges and opportunities confronting environmental management, planning and real estate policymakers.
  • Show knowledge of some of the ways in which policy interventions have been formulated to try to resolve environmental, social and economic problems or capitalise upon unrealised potential.

Practical skills

  • Appreciate points of comparison between experience in Porto and the Douro Valley and corresponding areas in the UK and internationally.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Team working
  • Oral presentation skills

Assessment methods





1.    Group presentation

20 minutes


Oral feedback will be provided in the session and substantive written feedback will be provided through Turnitin within 15 working days of submission.

2.    Field trip essay

2,500 words


Substantive written feedback will be provided through Turnitin within 15 working days of submission.


Recommended reading

Andresen, T., De Aguiar, F. B. & Curado, M. J. (2004) The Alto Douro Wine Region greenway. Landscape and Urban Planning, 68(2-3), 289-303. doi: 10.1016/s0169-2046(03)00156-7

Baptista, I. (2006) Citizen participation, stakeholder involvement and the planning process in Portugal. Architecture D Aujourd Hui, 366, 32-36. Available: (accessed 13th February


Baptista, I. (2012) How Portugal Became an 'Unplanned Country': A Critique of Scholarship on Portuguese Urban Development and Planning. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 36(5), 076-1092. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2427.2011.01096.x

Dobby, E. H. G. (1936) Economic Geography of the Port Wine Region. Economic Geography, 12(3), 311-323. doi: 10.2307/140461

Honrado, J. P., Vieira, C., Soares, C., Monteiro, M. B., Marcos, B., Pereira, H. M. & Partidario, M. R. (2013) Can we infer about ecosystem services from EIA and SEA practice? A framework for analysis and examples from Portugal. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 40, 14-24. doi: 10.1016/j.eiar.2012.42.002

Madureira, H., Andresen, T. & Monteiro, A. (2011) Green structure and planning evolution in Porto. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 10(2), 141-149. doi:

Oliveira, V. & Pinho, P. (2008) Urban form and planning in Lisbon and Oporto. Planning Perspectives, 23(1), 81 - 105.

Pires, A. D. (2005) The fragile foundations of European spatial planning in Portugal. European Planning Studies, 13(2), 237-252. doi: 10.1080/0965431042000321802

Queiros, M. (2012) Natural Parks in Portugal: A Way to Become More Ecologically Responsible?

Environment and History, 18(4), 585-611. doi: 10.3197/096734012x134668930371897

Ribeiro, L. & Barão, T. (2006) Greenways for recreation and maintenance of landscape quality: five case studies in Portugal. Landscape and Urban Planning, 76(1–4), 79-97. doi:


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Fieldwork 35
Lectures 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 155

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Iain Deas Unit coordinator

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