Feliz Natal & um Próspero 2017!


O Studio Cidades e Biodiversidade deseja a todos um

Feliz Natal & um Próspero Ano Novo
Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year
Frohe Weihnachten & ein Frohes Neues Jahr
Hyvää Joulua ja Onnellista Uutta Vuotta

We would also like to take this opportunity to wish all the best to our guest researcher Elina Sorri, who is going back to Finland tomorrow.


Participação dos nossos pesquisadores em eventos da FIEP e da UFPR Litoral


Na semana passada nossos pesquisadores Leticia Costa e Niklas Weins, junto com a Prof. Denise Rauber da UTFPR Pato Branco participaram em uma oficina na FIEP, ministrada pela GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) e o projeto TeSE da Fundação Getulio Vargas.

Na oficina foram discutido e aplicado várias técnicas e práticas para valoração de serviços ecossistemas por empresas para entender recursos naturais não somente como insumos, mas também como oportunidades. Nestes exercícios foi calculado, mediante a ferramenta DEVESE 2.0 a dependência, o impacto interno e as externalidades causados para a sociedade em valores monetários. Também foi apresentado a ferramenta DESEC 1.0 para valoração não-monetária de serviços culturais.


Na quinta-feira, 24/11 os pesquisadores participaram do 1º Fórum de Pesquisas Uso sustentável da Biodiversidade e Conservação de Recursos Naturaisna UFPR Litoral em Matinhos no litoral do Paraná com o grupo de pesquisa TEMA da UTFPR.



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Oi from Gao Deliang

Oi and Nihao!

I am Deliang Gao, a Chinese student in urban planning and management at ITC (Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation) of the University of Twente in the Netherlands. My master thesis is about the spatial analysis of cycling accidents in Curitiba. It was my pleasure to do the fieldwork in Curitiba, a city known for its sustainable urban development. The processing of data of cycling accidents recorded by the city administration, was part of my two-week research stay with Professor Tatiana Gadda who helped me a lot during my fieldwork. I hold a bachelor’s degree with a major in geographic information system (GIS), so for me, spatial analysis is an essential tool.

I used the kernel density tool in ArcGIS to identify the high-density areas (we call them “hotspots“) of cycling accidents in Curitiba form 2013 to 2015. What was especially helpful during my stay, was the collection of data concerning street design factors of these high density areas. My master’s thesis is mostly based on this street design data.


Gao during the monthly  “Bicicletada” in Curitiba.

I spent most time of the fieldwork in the Studio Cities and Biodiversity. During the two-week fieldwork, I had a good time in Curitiba, working with friendly and professional people; meeting with people from government departments, academic institutes, and cycling unions; experiencing cycling in the city, checking the high-density areas with the help of local people, etc.

Thanks for all the help. Wish to be back later.

Our guest researcher Klara Bergman

Our dear guest researcher from KTH in Stockholm has been home for a month now and is working on the final parts of her study about Curitiba’s BRT system. We invited her to write a short blogpost about her research experience at the Studio:



My name is Klara Bergman and I’m a Civil Engineering student from Stockholm, Sweden.klara-studio-working Exactly one year ago I asked a professor at my home institution of Transport Science at KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) if he wanted to supervise my master’s thesis and he gladly accepted! So, then I asked if he knew of any place, anywhere but Stockholm, where I could go and write my thesis. He thought for a little bit and then he said: ”Well, maybe you could go to Curitiba in Brazil?” Now, one year later, I’m so incredibly happy that I didn’t even think twice and said ”Yes, let’s do that!”.

I have a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and Urban Management and am just now finishing my master’s in Transport and Geoinformation Technology. My KTH supervisor Joel Franklin met my UTFPR supervisor Tatiana Gadda in Curitiba in 2014 through the MoU between Sweden and Brazil, so he immediately thought of her when I asked for a project and a supervisor abroad. The topic of my thesis is the BRT system of Curitiba, and more specifically the connection between land use, socio-demographic factors and BRT ridership.


Curitiba is such a spectacular case study as the BRT system and the land use zoning have been in place for the last 40 years. This means we have a lot of interesting data to analyze when we’re trying to understand how the city is working right know, in relation to what might have been the plan in the 1960’s. I hope to present my thesis in early 2017.

I stayed in Curitiba, working in the Studio, for 10 weeks this early Spring. I was also fortunate enough to arrive just in time for the seminar ”Cidades e Bem-Estar Humano” arranged by the Studio in August. Even though my Portuguese still is, shall we say limited, I had a great time and learned a lot. I was also given the opportunity to give a short presentation in the City Hall about my progress with the research just before I left to go back to Stockholm.studio-time-tatiana-niklas-leticia-klara

I’ve had an amazing time working in the Studio and in Curitiba, meeting so many helpful students and professors. I love how the Studio is an interdisciplinary space where different sciences can co-exist and take advantage of each other. It always left me inspired at the end of each workday.

Thank you, all of you, for making my time in Curitiba nothing short of wonderful. I couldn’t have asked for a better research-family. Até breve, I’ll be back!