Isaac Simão Santo

Biographical note

Academic Qualifications: Degree in Geography (2006 – UAN/Angola), Master in Environment and Planning (2013-UCoimbra), as well as a specialist in Sociology of Education and Educational Policies (2019-2020) in the Master in Education Sciences (UMINHO/19 -21 and attendance/2019 of the 3rd year of the Law course at the UKB Faculty of Law (Angola) He is a PhD student in Urbanism at ULHT.

Work experience: Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology of Angola, having been placed (since 2007) at the Institute of Educational Sciences of Benguela (Angola) where he has held, since that date, the functions of Director of the Director-General’s Office and, cumulatively, since 2015, a member of the Department of Scientific Research and Graduate Studies, in addition to being a member of the Secretariat of Masters in Curriculum Development and Educational Innovation and in Special Education, respectively. He worked as a teacher at an Angolan private HEI (ISPM) in the areas of Geography, Psychology, Economics, Geography and Sociology, having taught the subjects of Demography, Health-Safety-Environment, Didactics of Teaching Geography, Organization and Educational Management and Methodology of Research, having also been a professor and coordinator of Geography in one of the Secondary Education Schools in Benguela (Angola), from 2005 to 2007.

Scientific production: The candidate has been poring over issues related to Law, Educational Policies, Environment, Teaching of Geography and Higher Education, as can be seen in the link (in and Recent publication: (RE)ORDINATION OF THE TERRITORY AND PUBLIC POLICIES: THE CASE OF THE MUNICIPAL DIRECTOR PLAN OF LOBITO PROVINCE OF BENGUELA, ANGOLA)/Isaac Simão Santo* & Wladimir Estêvão Borges** (IBEROGRAFIA Magazine, 2020). In press: (In)equalities, public policies and education: debate to understand the Angolan reality.

Areas of academic and scientific interest

  • Teaching of Geography
  • Urbanism
  • Environment
  • Sociology of Education
  • Law
  • Social Mobility
  • Public Policy

PhD project

Built environment and urban mobility: case study of the city of Lobito (Angola)
Mohamed Boubezari

The municipality of Lobito is located in the extreme north of the province of Benguela (south coast of Angola). It is limited to the north by the municipality of Sumbe, in Kwanza-Sul province; to the East and South, by the municipalities of Bocoio and Catumbela, respectively, and to the West, by the Atlantic Ocean. Its general characteristics are a megathermal and arid climate throughout the West and semi-arid to the East. It is based on three geomorphological units – with distinct morphometric and topographic characteristics (coastal strip, the strip to the east of the first and a third – further inland). The municipality of Lobito is divided into three communes, namely Egypt-Praia (North), Kanjala (East) and Lobito (South), the latter being the morphological unit of the study. Due to its geographical location, it is the most important industrial center in the province of Benguela and several points of tourist interest that, together, provide investment and employment opportunities that, in turn, attract different social groups, mobilizing them for multiple forms of use. and land occupation. Of these, constructions for housing, services and industrial purposes (port, railway, oil activity and others) stand out. However, these indications in the territory demand answers, for example, from the point of view of Public Urban Planning Policies, which intersect with those of transport, road safety, etc. Based on bibliographic research, systematic observation and fieldwork (photographs and satellite images), the author intends to present the main characteristics of the field of study in terms of typology and organization (urban design) and urban mobility, analyzes the bottlenecks , as well as proposing actions aimed at improving the dynamics of use and occupation of the territory (urban morphology) with regard to the analysis and management of natural, anthropic and mixed risks (urban security).

Keywords: Lobito, built environment, urban mobility, urban security, and Public Urban Planning Policies.