The transferability of the aerotropolis concept from the Global North to Brazil

As part of the ITS 50th anniversary celebrations, we welcome alumna Anna Pereira (PhD 2020) during her first visit back to Leeds.

At the turn of the 21st Century, the aerotropolis (ATP) emerged from North America with an instigating message: "The way we'll live next". It referred to a new paradigm where cities would grow around airports to speedily connect cities, goods, and people to distant places across the world. The aerotropolis idea has travelled worldwide, particularly from the Global North, as a new concept that has captured the attention of investors and decision-makers seeking to develop their airports. The transferability of the aerotropolis concept instigates an understanding of how airports from the Global South have seen and adapted to this new paradigm. This talk will present few issues regarding the definition of the aerotropolis concept, planners' motivations for choosing it, planners' perception of this concept, and few problems related to its transferability, particularly from the Global North to Brazil.

Anna Pereira has been working as a Lecturer and Researcher at the Federal Centre for Technological Education of Minas Gerais – CEFET-MG, Brazil, since January 2013. She teaches the Transport Planning vocational and the Transport Engineering undergraduate courses. As a Researcher, she has been developing research projects related to the airports and surrounding areas, such as airport accessibility and service level at the airport since 2008. In her PhD at the Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds, she focused on investigating the aerotropolis concept, where the airport is a central part of developing a region, and its transferability from Global North to Brazil. After finishing her PhD, she continued working on the transferability of ideas and policies, strategic planning, and future studies, focusing on developing people and regions with the airport as a centrality.

There will be a Q&A session afterwards, chaired by Dr Paul Timms and everyone is encouraged to get involved.