Francisca Lima is a lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the University of Edinburgh where she teaches history and theory of landscape architecture.
She completed her PhD in Landscape Architecture at the University of Edinburgh in 2016 where she explored the importance of the role of open spaces to the revival of depopulated urban environments with a scholarship from the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation. Francisca’s research interests range from landscape theory, history, perception and aesthetics, to urban decline and green spaces in relation to community engagement and wellbeing.
Since 2005 she has been collaborating in research projects with the Philosophy Research Center of the University of Lisbon and recently with the OPENspace research centre, University of Edinburgh. Francisca co-chaired the conferences, Shrinking Cities I Expanding Landscapes (2013) and Landscape and Life (2017), with the support of the University of Edinburgh and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation respectively, among many other sponsors, and has been working recently as a guest co-editor of a special issue of the journal, Landscape Research.
Francisca has been working as an independent designer since 2009 and since January 2016 has been a partner in Bound, an award-winning landscape architecture office based in Lisbon.
In 2005, Francisca completed her degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Lisbon, with a final dissertation focusing on the theme of Landscape Aesthetics (20/20). In that same year she worked as a trainee at LEAF (Linking Landscape, Environment, Agriculture and Food), a research centre based at the University of Lisbon.
Francisca is interested in the relationships between man and place, landscape perception and aesthetics, and the importance of communities in strengthening citizens' crucial roles in urban governance and place shaping today, and in previous periods of decline.
She collaborates with the landscape research group at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture where she has developed her doctoral research project on the role of open spaces in depopulating urban contexts. Francisca is an invited guest editor of a special issue of the journal, Landscape Research, examining the impacts of depopulation on urban landscapes entitled “Shrinking Cities I Expanding Landscapes” to be published in 2017.
Between 2009 and 2012, Francisca was engaged in the production of the anthology 'Landscape Philosophy' as part of the remit of two research projects based at the Philosophy Research Center of the University of Lisbon.