Duncan is an Irish architect (2005) doing an action research based PhD in “Architecture of Contemporary Metropolitan Territories” in ISCTE on “Community-led Ecocities”. He worked on Horizon2020 project UrbanA (Urban Arenas for sustainable and just cities) with the "Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes" (CE3C) at Lisbon University Faculty of Sciences (FCUL) until the projects end and now leads the “Community of Practice” extension. He also supported the ERASMUS+ funded "Ecovillage Transition in Action" (ETiA) project with the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN). He is the co-president of the "European Network for Community-Led Initiatives on Climate Change and Sustainability" (ECOLISE) and was part of their delegation to COP25 in Madrid 2019. While living in Curitiba, Brazil (2014-18), he attained his masters in Environment and Development (2018) at PPGMADE in UFPR, doing the urban line of a multidisciplinary course. Living in Barcelona (2006-13) he co-founded the local Transition group, gained his Permaculture Design Certificate (2010) at Mas Franch and was active in the Barcelona Indignado square occupation of 2011. He worked with Eco Intelligent Growth (EIG) on LEED and Cradle to Cradle certification, collaborated with William McDonough and developed a White Paper for CADS, the Sustainable Urban Development of Barcelona for the Catalan Government. An Ecocity activist since Banja Luka, Bosnia (2003), he set up the Curitiba Ecocity Festival during the 2017 Ecocity World Summit, supported Ecocity Builders online conference in 2020 and participated in the 2022 Ecocity World Summit. He was part of the Climate Social & Climate Justice Caravan, with indigenous groups, during COP15 in Copenhagen 2009 and co-created the 1st Curitiba Indigenous Week in 2016. He initiated an urban initiative in Ayacucho, in the Peruvian Andes, in 2018. His work to create community gardens and develop an urban bicycle greenway in Dublin was mentioned at the Venice Art Biennale (2005). He was active in Irish and UK Climate Camps 2007-09. He loves standing in rivers and Asterix books. In his curriculum Ciência Vitae the most frequent terms in the context of scientific, technological and artistic-cultural output are: Sustainable Cities; Ecocities; Citizen Participation; Degrowth; Climate Breakdown;

Personal identification

Full name
Duncan Crowley

Citation names

  • Crowley, Duncan

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Knowledge fields

  • Humanities - Arts - Architectural design
  • Natural sciences - Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Social Sciences - Economic and Social Geography - Urban Studies


Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
English (Mother tongue)
Portuguese Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2)
Spanish; Castilian Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2)
Degree Classification
2018/10 - 2022/10
Architecture of Contemporary Metropolitan Territories (Doctor of Philosophy)
ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa Escola de Tecnologias e Arquitectura, Portugal
"Community-led Ecocity Transformation. Lisbon contributions to an Urban Systems Community of Practice ecosystem." (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
2016/03 - 2018/05
Environment & Development (PPGMADE / UFPR) (Postgraduate Certificate)
Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil
"Constructing a Sustainable Curitiba through Citizen Participation" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
Architecture Degree (B.Arch) (Bachelor)
Technological University Dublin, Ireland
"Catalyst @ Botanic Spine" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)


Host institution
2019/11 - 2021/12 Contracted Researcher (Research) FCiênciasID Associação para a Investigação e Desenvolvimento de Ciências, Portugal
Centro de Ecologia Evolução e Alterações Ambientais, Portugal


Host institution
2019/11 - Current DINÂMIA'CET / Cities and Territories - Integrated Researcher (without Phd) ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa DINÂMIA'CET Centro de Estudos sobre a Mudança Socioeconómica e o Território, Portugal
2016 - 2018 Grant researcher at PPGMADE, Masters in "Environment and Development", urban line. Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior, Brazil
Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil
2007 - 2009 Chief architect. White Paper for CADS (Catalan government sustainable advice). LEED Certification. Collaboration with Spanish & international archictural firms including William McDonough. Eco Intelligent Growth, Spain
2006 - 2006 Ireland’s largest urban design practice. Architect on range of various scaled schemes. Reddy Architecture + Urbanism, Ireland
2001 - 2004 Architect in Dublin, Ireland. TOT Architects, Ireland


Designation Funders
2019/05 - 2021/12 UrbanA (Urban Arenas for Sustainable and Just Cities)
Integration into Research Grant Fellow
Centro de Ecologia Evolução e Alterações Ambientais, Portugal
FCiênciasID Associação para a Investigação e Desenvolvimento de Ciências


Designation Funders
2020/01 - Current Ecovillage transition in action (ETiA)
PhD Student Fellow
University of St Andrews, United Kingdom
Erasmus Plus


Book chapter
  1. Crowley, Duncan. "Transformational Politics. New Networks of Governance". In The Transformational Wave: Beyond Covid-19, edited by Paulo Castro Seixas & Nadine Lobner, 149-168. Lisbon, Portugal: Independently published, 2021.
  2. Crowley, Duncan; Constança Belchior; Marilyn Hamilton. "Creating a Sustainable & Just Lisbon". In Urban Hub 20 : Accelerating City Change in a VUCA World: Thriveable Cities, edited by Paul van Schaik, 184-192. Paul van Schaik, 2020.
  3. Crowley, Duncan. "Greening the City, Connecting Communities, C2C City". In Self-sufficinet city, 388-389. Barcelona, Spain: IAAC - Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, 2010.
  4. Crowley, Duncan. "Art spaces as weapons of war.". In Permaculture : visual arts at Project Arts Centre, Dublin 2001-2006, edited by Sarah Pierce; Grant Watson, 68-69. Ireland: The Metropolitan Complex and Project Presss: a division of Project Arts Centre, 2008.
Conference abstract
  1. Crowley, Duncan. "Examining and Enabling Community-Led Responses to Climate Breakdown as base for a Global Ecocity Network". Paper presented in Social Solidarity Economy and the Commons: Contributions to the Deepening of Democracy (SSEC 2019), Lisbon, 2020.
Conference paper
  1. Crowley, Duncan; Gislene S Melo. "Fixing the City: Transforming Curitiba into an Ecocity through Citizen Participation". Paper presented in SEPAS 1° Seminário da Paisagem Urbana e Sustentabilidade, Goiânia, 2017.
Conference poster
  1. Crowley, Duncan. "From Curitiba: A Municipalist based Ecocity Network response to Today’s Global Crises". Paper presented in TICYUrb (Third International Conference of Young Urban Researchers), 2018.
  2. Crowley, Duncan. "Ecocity Festival 2017 Curitiba". 2017.
  3. Crowley, Duncan. "Women and the Right to the City.". 2017.
Journal article
  1. Crowley, D.; Marat-Mendes, T.; Falanga, R.; Henfrey, T.; Penha-Lopes, G.. "Towards a necessary regenerative urban planning. Insights from community-led initiatives for ecocity transformation". Cidades (2021): 83-104. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-85105245476&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
Online resource
  1. Crowley, Duncan. Community responses to covid-19. 2020. http://wiki.ecolise.eu/index.php?title=Community_responses_to_covid-19.
Thesis / Dissertation
  1. Crowley, Duncan. "Constructing a Sustainable City through Citizen Participation". Master, Universidade Federal do Paraná, 2018. https://hdl.handle.net/1884/56966.
  2. Crowley, Duncan. "CATALYST @ Botanic Spine". Degree, Technological University Dublin, 2005. https://tinyurl.com/kwn6xyyk.

Event organisation

Event name
Type of event (Role)
Institution / Organization
2022/03/01 - 2022/04/03 "We Are Nature" was a month long artistic, cultural, social adventure happening in the Ourico art space in Parede neighbourhood in Lisbon, during March 2022. https://www.instagram.com/wearenature_2030/ (2022/03/01 - 2022/04/03)
Exhibition (Co-organisor)
Ouriço, Portugal
2016/10/12 - 2016/10/14 1st AMERICA INDIGENOUS WEEK CURITIBA. 1st Curitiba Forum marking 12 October. Aldeia Tupã Nhe'é Kretã (Guarani + Kaingang communites) + Setorial da Cultura dos Povos Originários de Curitiba, Casa Latino-Americana (CASLA) (2016/10/12 - 2016/10/14)
Conference (Co-organisor)
CASLA (Casa Latino-Americana), Brazil
2014/04 - 2014/04 ADVENTURES IN ARCHITECTURE (First Live Streamed Talk) (2014/04)
Conference (Co-organisor)
Bicicletaria Cultural, Brazil

Event participation

Activity description
Type of event
Event name
Institution / Organization
2022/03 - 2022/04 Introducing conflict transformation with a systemic perspective and deepening our personal enquiry into a live conflict situation. Conflict Transformation: A Systemic Approach
The Whole Partnership, United Kingdom
2020/10 - 2021/03 The Regenerative Practitioner (TRP). Directors: Pamela Mang & Ben Haggard. Regenerative practice is based on the premise that we cannot make the outer transformations required to create a truly sustainable world without making inner transformations in how we think, how we work, and who we are. The Regenerative Practitioner
Regenesis Institute, United States
2019/04/04 - 2019/04/05 Adapt or Die. Kicking our Oil Addiction to create Post-Capitalist Community led Ecocities
4th annual NEST Conference 2019 (Network for Early Career Researchers in Sustainability Transitions). Theme: “Transitions to where? Shared values and visions for sustainability transitions.
Universidade Nova de Lisboa Centro de Investigação em Ambiente e Sustentabilidade, Portugal
2015/12 - 2015/12 "From the edge of the World to the New World, an Irishman's journey"
GLOBAL TALKS. (Immigrants Life Stories)
Paiol Theatre, Brazil
2010/03 - 2010/03 LEAVING THE OIL AGE BEHIND.
Climate Justice Talk
EXCHANGE Gallery, Ireland
2003/03 - 2003/03 ECOCITY BANJA LUKA EXHIBITION. (2 week art exhibition at State Art Gallery with EASA, European Architects Student Assembly)
Museum of Contemporary Art of Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Other jury / evaluation

Activity description Institution / Organization
2021 - 2022 Transformative Cities "Atlas of Utopias" jury member. The Atlas of Utopias showcases collective transformations that ensure access to basic rights: water, energy, housing and food. ECOLISE, Belgium

Other distinction

2021 Co-President of ECOLISE, European Network for Community-Led Initiatives on Climate Change and Sustainability
ECOLISE, Belgium
2019 Part of ECOLISE delegation at COP 25 in Madrid
2017 Rethink the City Exhibition TU Delft (1 of 12 selected from 9,000+ MOOC)
Technische Universiteit Delft, Netherlands
2017 NASA Hackathon: Stardust Peoples choice award Curitiba
NASA, United States
2010 Self Sufficient City Finalist
Institut d'Arquitectura Avançada de Catalunya, Spain