Andréia Moassab is an architect and urban planner. She holds a Masters degree and a Doctorate in Communication and Semiotics from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUCSP / Brazil). In her Masters, she examined the relationship between art and urban space. Her doctoral dissertation addressed the processes of resistance carried out by thousands of youth in hip-hop movements around the peripheries of Brazil. She did part of her PhD research at the Centro de Estudos Sociais, Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal). Since 1992 she has worked in urban planning and regional development, and has coordinated projects in many regions of Brazil. In recent years her research also focused on contemporary art studies. Her scientific papers have addressed public policy, social movements, gender, racism, and the media. She is a member of the Grupo de Pesquisas em Mídia Impressa da PUCSP (a research group in print media). She is currently research coordinator at CIDLOT Centro de Investigação em Desenvolvimento Local e Ordenamento de Território at the Universidade de Cabo Verde.