Services and Territory


a)To recognize the importance of services in modern societies;
b)To understand the characteristics and the role of service activities in societies with different levels of development;
c)To discuss the theories and models of location of retailing and service activities;
d)To recognize strategies for linking services and other economic activities;
e)To analyze the importance of organizational and technological innovation in services;
f)To develop critical thinking about the servindustrial society;
g)To discuss the concept of public services , their evolution and modes of organization;
h)To analyze the evolution of services in Portugal ;
i)To develop technical reports on service activities in a geographic perspective;
j)To apply the acquired knowledge to practical situations, mainly in planning and location studies of service sector.


General characterization





Responsible teacher

José Afonso Teixeira


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language





Barata, A., Carmo, R. M. (2014). Estado Social. De todos para todos, Lisboa: Tinta-da-China.
Bryson, J., Daniels, P., Warf, B. (2004). Service Worlds. London e NY: Routledge, 286p.
Ferrão, J. (1992). Serviços e Inovação. Novos Caminhos para o Desenvolvimento Regional. Oeiras: Celta Editora, pp. 1-17.
Gallouj, F., Rubalcaba, L., Windrum, P. (2013). Public-Private Innovation Networks in Services. Cheltenham e Northampton: Edward Elgar.
Gallouj, F., Djellal, F. (2011). The Handbook of Innovation and Services. A Multi-disciplinary Perspective, Cheltenham e Northampton: Edward Elgar.
Merenne-Schoumaker, B. (2003). Géographie des services et des commerces. Rennes : Presses Univers. de Rennes, pp. 1-216.
Rubalcaba, L. (2007). The New Service Economy. Cheltenham e Northampton: Edward Elgar, pp. 3-166.
Faïz Gallouj, Matthias Weber, Metka Stare, Luis Rubalcaba (2015). The futures of the service economy in Europe: a foresight analysis. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Elsevier.



Teaching method

Theoretical and practical classes: extensive explanation of program topics; analysis and discussion of textbooks´ chapters and papers. Development, presentation and discussion of practical works.


Evaluation method

Short essay on a theme of the program [20%]. Presence in the classes and participation [5%].(25%), Theoretical and practical work (about 20 pages.), with oral presentation (40%), Written test about a set of selected texts(35%)

Subject matter

1) From the sectoral logic to the integrating vision: a new analytical framework for Services
2) Services in the world: a new geography of services
3) The location of retailing and services at different geographical scales: from theory to practice
4) The producer services: development, organisation and location
5) Services and globalisation: competitiveness, offshoring and global cities
6) The public sector services: size and role, reform, innovation and location issues
7) The geography of services in Portugal: General features
8) The geography of services in Portugal: administrative reform and restructuring of public services.
9) The planning and the location of community facilities (exercises).


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