Sheila Holz


Sheila Holz is a post-doctoral fellow at URBiNAT H2020 Project, coordinated by Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra. She holds a degree in Law (2000), a master degree (2009) in Territorial Planning - City Planning from the University of Aveiro (Portugal), and a PhD (2015) in "Democracy in the 21st Century" from the Center for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra (Portugal). Her PhD fellowship was funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). She was a visiting student at the Università Degli Studi di Firenze, Italy (2011). Her PhD thesis analysed the importance of the law to promote practices of citizens' participation in the elaboration of urbanistic instruments, in Portugal and Italy. She has been investigating the field of public participation and democratic innovations. Her current research interests are the strengthening of democracy; democratic innovations; the democracy of knowledge; participatory democracy; participatory urban planning; the right to the city; participative and collaborative processes; the elaboration and use of laws to guarantee fundamental rights.

Latest Publications

Article in Scientific journal

Holz, Sheila (2018), "O Caminho Legislativo da Primeira Lei Toscana para Incentivo a Práticas Participativas", Boletim de Análise Político-Institucional, 14, 47-53

Article in Scientific journal

Holz, Sheila (2017), "O direito à participação no planeamento urbano em Portugal: um diálogo entre o Direito e a Sociologia", Revista CEDOUA, 39, 49-71

Book Chapter

Holz, Sheila (2016), O percurso da lei toscana de incentivo à participação cidadã como direito fundamental, in Jorge Miranda, Jose Bolzan Morais, Saulo Tarso Rodrigues, Nuria Belloso Martín (org.) (org.), Hermenêutica, Justiça Constitucional e Direitos Fundamentais. Curitiba, Brasil: Juruá, 781-802