João Seixas is Pro-Rector of NOVA University Lisbon, coordinating the area of Socio-Territorial Innovation.
Professor and researcher at NOVA FCSH develops his professional activity in the areas of urban studies, policy and planning of cities and metropolises, and urban and regional development.
He has a PhD in Geography from the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, a PhD in Sociology of Territory and Environment from ISCTE-IUL, and a Master in Urban and Regional Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
He was commissioner of the Lisbon Strategic Charter for 2010-2024 and coordinator of the Political-Administrative Reform of the Portuguese capital. He was the exhibition "Futuros de Lisboa" commissioner, EGEAC/Museu de Lisboa.
For five years was senior consultant of the URBACT programme / DG Regio and Urban / European Commission. He was a consultant of the 'Guimarães Capital Europeia da Cultura 2012'. He has coordinated several scientific projects, namely 'Metropolitan Governance in Europe: State of the art and trends; 'Urban Governance in the South of Europe'; 'Quality of Life and Urban Governance in the city of Lisbon'.
He was visiting Professor at the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia. Author of multiple scientific articles of national and international scope. Most recent books: Lisbon in Metamorphosis (2021); Projections of Lisbon (2018); On Every Street (2015); Proximity Governance (2014); The City at the Crossroads (2013); Urban Governance in Southern Europe (coord.) (2012).
Co-founder of the cultural association "Ler Devagar" and of the association "Óbidos Vila Literária". He was a columnist for the newspaper PÚBLICO on issues related to cities and territories.