Ana Miriam Rebelo

Graduated in Fine Arts by the Fine Arts School of Bordeaux (2005). Master in Contemporary Artistic Creation, by the University of Aveiro (2019). PhD candidate in Design, at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto, she holds a scholarship by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia for the development of the research project “Visual and semantic identities of the city of Porto: an ascertainment of the contributions of informal dwelling”, hosted by the Research Institute for Design, Media and Culture (ID+) and by the Center for Studies in Architecture and Urbanism (CEAU).
Her professional activity has been moving between the practice, teaching, and research of visual arts and culture, with an emphasis on photography and editorial projects. Her photographic and written production, disseminated through communications, publications, and exhibitions in different contexts, focuses on the construction, perception, and representation of urban space, particularly on the dynamics of production and use of public space and their social aesthetic and political impacts.

Current positions

  • PhD researcher Universidade do Porto

Research Groups


Book chapters
  • Rebelo, A. M., Alvelos, H., & Domingues, Á. (2023). Capitalist Visuality: Branding, Architecture, and Its Visual Reproduction. A Case Study in the City of Porto. In Perspectives on Design and Digital Communication III (pp. 241-253). Link
International journals
  • Rebelo, A. M., Pombo, F., & Carneiro, J. (2019). Clareira: towards a phenomenological perspective in the representation of architectural space. Sophia Journal, 4 (Visual Spaces of Change: Unveiling the Publicness of Urban Space through Photography and Image). Link
International conferences
  • Fernandes A., Kosztyła A., Casteião A., Mergener D., Morais E., Alvelos H., Palmares H., Martins I., Lopes L., Rosa M., Rebelo A., Zanini M., Lopes P., & Mourão S. (2022). Doctoral Side Effects: Damage Limitation Versus Unexpected Benefits to PhD Research in a Pandemic. The European Conference on Arts, Design & Education – ECADE 2022 Conference Proceedings, July 7th-10th 2022, Porto, Portugal. Link
  • Rebelo, Ana Miriam; Alvelos, Heitor; Domingues, Álvaro (2021). The City is Not a Brand: a critical analysis of the narrative and appropriations of “Porto.” Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Design and Digital Communication, DIGICOM 2021. Link
  • Rebelo, A. M., & Pombo, F. (2018). Photography and designed space: a shift in perspective. Paper presented at the Back to the Future. The Future in the Past. Conference Proceedings Book. Link
Other publications
  • Fernandes, A.; Kosztyla, A.; Rebelo, A. M.; Casteião, A. ; Roberti C.; Menezes, C. S.; Mergener, D. (2021). Como aproveitar o seu tempo durante um doutoramento em uma pandemia!. In TIGER IN ZOOM CAGES – V.4, 29-31. Porto, Portugal: Universidade do Porto.
  • Rebelo, Ana Miriam; Heitor Alvelos (2021). Branding as Antagonism: visual identities as templates of urban ideology. In MONU, Magazine on Urbanism Nº 34: Protest Urbanism. Rotterdam: Bureau of Architecture, Research, and Design, 2021 Link

Scientific, artistic and cultural production

Scientific events organization
  • 8th Sophia Journal International Conference Landscapes of Care: photography, film, modern architecture and landscape heritage
  • Alvelos, H., Kosztyla, A., Fernandes, A., Rebelo, A. M., Casteião, A., Mergener, D., Palmares, H., Lopes, L., Brasil, M., Fragoso, P. & Brandão, R. – Organizing Committee (2021). Doctoral Side Effects – Let’s talk about doing a PhD during a pandemic. 21st May 2021. Porto, Portugal.
Other scientific activity spreading actions
  • Ana Miriam Rebelo, Heitor Alvelos, Álvaro Domingues (2023) Informal dwelling as political heritage: reassessing the value of informally produced urban environments in the city of Porto. International Congress Uncertain Landscapes. Universidade do Minho. Guimarães
  • Rebelo, Ana Miriam and Alvelos Heitor (2023) Participação cidadã na construção e representação de cidades. 1º Encontro Projeto e Ciências Sociais. Faculdade de Arquitetura da Universidade de Lisboa
  • Rebelo, Ana Miriam, and Heitor Alvelos. (2021). The improvised city: contributions of informal dwelling towards an expanded paradigm of the metropolis. The case of Porto, Portugal. In KISMIF International Conference on DIY Cultures and Global Challenges, Universidade do Porto, Julho de 2021.