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Célio Moura


Célio is a Brazilian architect and researcher born in the city of Recife (Pernambuco). Since 2015 he has been developing studies at the Landscape Laboratory and the Peri-urban Studies Laboratory (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco), focusing on integrated urban conservation, natural heritage conservation, and protected areas issues. Currently, his interests are focused on discussing the processes of territorialization and deterritorialization of what he understands as "traditional urban communities." In this regard, he has been researching how community identities solidify and dissipate based on socio-environmental dissonance in the mangroves and marginalized fishing communities of Recife.

Research Interests

Brazilian Studies; Protected Areas Issues; Human-nature relation in Latin America; Immaterial and Natural Heritage Conservation; Territory and Society.



M.S. in Urban Development, Graduate Program in Urban Development (PPGDU/UFPE), Recife (Brazil), 2022

B.S. in Architecture and Urban Planning, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE), Recife (Brazil), 2019


Awards and Honors

Honorable Mention – 1st Undergraduate dissertation award - ENANPARQ, 2020.

Nomination – Opera Prima Award, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, 2019.

1st place nationally in the 29th edition of the Young Scientist Award: Innovations for Nature Conservation and Social Transformation - Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development - CNPq, 2018.

Pride of Pernambuco Award: Scientist - Diário de Pernambuco, 2018.

Motion of Congratulation – Universidade Federal de Pernambuco. Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2018.

Vote of Congratulations by the Legislative Assembly of Pernambuco – ALEPE, 2018.


Highlighted Publications

MOURA, C. H. R.; ARAUJO, F.M.H.; LAPA, T. A. In the nuances of memory and history: a discussion about the fantastic folklore of Recife and its places as heritage. Recife city, Pernambuco. Revista Risco, v. 21, p. 1-17, 2023. DOI: 10.11606/1984-4506.risco.2023.196052

MOURA, C. H. R.; BEZERRA, O. G. ; LAPA, T. A. ; MOTA, C. M. Overcoming the dichotomy between Nature and Culture for the management of natural heritage in the city: the multiple representations of the Dois Irmãos State Park, Recife – PE. Revista Nacional de Gerenciamento de cidades, v. 10, p. 74-87, 2022.

MOURA, C. H. R.; BEZERRA, O. G.; LAPA, T. A.; ALBUQUERQUE, C. C. S. Natural heritage in urban context: the conservation management of Parque dos Manguezais, Recife-PE . Paisagem e Ambiente, v. 32, p. 1-21, 2021. DOI:10.11606/issn.2359-5361.paam.2021.176503.