The "Portuguese Association for Regional Development" is a scientific institution founded in 1984 whose main objective is the promotion of research in the field of Regional Science. APDR is also the Portuguese Section of the European Regional Science Association (ERSA). APDR presently has around 150 effective members mainly working in universities or regional development private or public institutions. Most members are economists, geographers, architects and engineers. Since 1998, APDR organises each year a Meeting that gathers about 200 Portuguese and foreign researchers in the field of Regional Development (the official languages of the Meeting are Portuguese, English, Spanish and French).
The NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities forms part of the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. The Faculty is a legal person in public law, with academic, pedagogic, administrative and financial autonomy. The Faculty's mission is one of public service to improve the academic level of citizens and, in particular, Portuguese citizens, in the areas of social sciences and humanities. In keeping with this mission, the Faculty aspires to the following aims: a) excellence in teaching and research in the specialist areas of social sciences and humanities, both at a national and international level; b) a clear commitment to innovation and interdisciplinarity; c) the establishing, spread and support of a humanistic culture; d) providing services to the community in these same areas.