Vitor Pessoa Colombo
Fields of expertise
- Informal urbanization
- Urban health
- Mapping & household surveys
- Spatial Analysis
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
- Participatory GIS
- Latin America
- Sub-Saharan Africa
BiographyVitor is an architect by training, who grow up in Brazil before moving to Switzerland. His personal experience fostered a particular interest in urban planning challenges raised by socio-spatial segregation and inequitable urbanization.
His research focuses on habitat and health issues resulting from rapid and largely "informal" urban growth in the Global South, while reflecting on the role of geographic information as a tool for both spatial transformation and social development. In this sense, his work is based on geographic information systems (GIS), including participatory mapping based on mobile data collection tools. Throughout his work, Vitor has developed transdisciplinary partnerships with various actors in Switzerland, Brazil, Kenya and Côte d'Ivoire.
Today, Vitor is a doctoral assistant and lecturer at EPFL, where he teaches the Bachelor-level course "Urban Planning in the Global South".
Master of Science in Architecture
Architecture & urbanism
Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio
Bachelor of Science in Architecture
Architecture & urbanism
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Automatic detection of potential mosquito breeding sites from aerial images acquired by unmanned aerial vehiclesComputers, Environment and Urban Systems. 2021-08-12. DOI : 10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2021.101692.
Desenvolvimento do capital social comunitário em assentamentos vulneráveis: a experiência da organização Teto (Techo) na Colômbia e no BrasilEngenharias e outras práticas técnicas engajadas; Editora da Universidade Estadual da Paraíba, 2021-06-08. p. 474.
Vernacular architecture & spatial typology: their share in urban health17th International Conference on Urban Health (ICUH 2021), Online, 6-8 July, 2021.
Using open-access data to explore the relationship between urban morphology and diarrhoeal diseases in Côte d’Ivoire4th International Conference on Canadian, Chinese and African Sustainable Urbanization (ICCCASU 2021), Online, 27 July - 1 August 2021.
The question of housing at the center of urban health inequities17th International Conference on Urban Health (ICUH 2021), Online, 6-8 July, 2021.
Urban living, mobility & health – the future of our citiesUrban living, mobility & health – the future of our cities, Online, March 4, 2021.
Gentrification, Coprésence ou Mixité? Changements et Permanences au Centre de São PauloEspacesTemps.net. 2020-07-17. DOI : 10.26151/2pdd-xz89.
Gentrification, Coprésence ou Mixité? Changements et Permanences au Centre de São Paulo2019-07-03. Colloque International AFEP-IIPPE: Penser l'économie de demain et le futur de l'économie politique, Lille, France, July 3-5, 2019.
Mapeamento Participativo: Tecnologia e Cidadania. Livro de resumos do encontro internacional Técnicas de Mapeamento e Cidadania (São Paulo, 2018) / Participatory Mapping: Technology and Citizenship. Conference proceedings of the international meeting Mapping Techniques and Citizenship (São Paulo, 2018)2019-10-10
Mapping informal settlements: an experience in São Paulo (Brazil)Cartografia, cittadinanza e partecipazione – Giornata internazionale di studi, Mendrisio, Switzerland, October 11, 2019.
Uso de tecnologias geo-espaciais comuns para o mapeamento de assentamentos informaisInternational Meeting on Mapping Techniques and Citizenship, São Paulo, Brazil, 13 November 2018.
Citizen Mapping: Using Common Geospatial Technologies to Map Informal Settlements in São Paulo, BrazilInternational Tech4Dev Conference, Lausanne, Switzerland, June 27-29, 2018.
Mapeando la informalidad una experiencia participativa en Sao Paulo, Brasil / Mapping informality: a participative experience in Sao Paulo, BrazilRevista CIS. 2016-12-01.
Teaching & PhD