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Author(s): França, T.
Cairns, D.
Malet Calvo, D.
Azevedo, L. F. de
Date: 2023
Title: Lisbon, the Portuguese Erasmus city? Mis-match between representation in urban policies and international student experiences
Journal title: Journal of Urban Affairs
Volume: 45
Number: 9
Pages: 1664 - 1678
Reference: França, T., Cairns, D., Malet Calvo, D., & Azevedo, L. F. de (2023). Lisbon, the Portuguese Erasmus city? Mis-match between representation in urban policies and international student experiences. Journal of Urban Affairs, 45(9), 1664-1678.
ISSN: 0735-2166
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1080/07352166.2021.1950544
Keywords: Student mobility
Policies of representation
Abstract: This article looks at the mis-match between official discursive representations aimed at promoting Lisbon, the Portuguese capital city, as an international student hub and international students’ experiences. At a theoretical level, our work builds on the idea that re-branding a city’s image in terms of creativity, innovation and new technologies with a view to attract international students can foster less positive urban changes linked to gentrification, pushing overseas students away rather than attracting greater numbers. Discussion includes consideration of the success of policies at the municipal level that have aimed to use international students as a means to re-brand the city as a center for creativity and innovation, a part of the wider strategy of putting Lisbon on the map as a global learning destination. Analysis includes assessment of publicity materials advertising the city’s appeal to international students, juxtaposed with findings from interviews conducted with incoming students at the city’s universities during 2020. This material illustrates some of the most prominent contradictions, and arguably, a number of shortcomings, in the city’s imagological strategy, particularly in regard to concerns with Lisbon’s housing market.
Peerreviewed: yes
Access type: Open Access
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