TERCUD - Territory, Culture and Development Research Center is a R&D Unit of the School of Education, Management and Social Sciences at ULHT â Universidade LusÃ³fona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Lisbon. Since 2008, TERCUD has been the successor to the restructured Applied Social Sciences Research Unit, registered in 2002 as a R&D Unit No.462 at the Foundation for Science and Technology.
Following the concept that the uniqueness of natural, cultural and economic specificities are the constitutive elements of and decisive factors for the transformation of geographic space and territorial development, the overall objectives of TERCUD are to conceptualize, implement and disseminate research and other scientific activities in favor of:
- holistic and participatory approach to planning, management and evaluation of territorial development in urban, and rural settings;
- valorization of natural and cultural heritage and other components of territorial identities as development recourses.
The core activities of TERCUD are carried out by three Research Groups in the framework of their respective Research Areas:
Research Group "GEOGRAPHY AND DEVELOPMENT"
- Research Area "Geography of Identities and Planning"
- Research Area "Geography of Natural and Technological Risks"
Research Group "URBANISM AND SPATIAL PLANNING"
- Research Area âSociourbanism"
Research Group "MUSEOLOGY"
- Research Area "Sociomuseologyâ