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Published article – Rio de Janeiro’s favela assemblage: Accounting for the durability of an unstable object

January 29, 2018


Article published in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space Assemblage thinking offers a new conceptual toolkit for analysing the relationship between society and space. However, major questions remain regarding both its ontological propositions and how it might be applied to the analysis of specific socio-spatial objects. This article contributes to these debates by using […]

Published article – ‘Post-Third-World City’ or Neoliberal ‘City of Exception’? Rio de Janeiro in the Olympic Era

August 4, 2016


Abstract This article considers processes of urban development within the context of mega-event preparations in Rio de Janeiro. We begin with a brief overview of these development processes, highlighting their connections to political and economic change in recent years. Proponents of these mega-event-led initiatives argue that Rio is undergoing a period of inclusive growth and […]

Britain’s housing addiction – time for rehab?

March 6, 2014


Politics in Britain starts and ends with housing. Issues like economic performance, immigration, public spending, and Britain’s relationship with the EU (and with itself) tend to grab the headlines. However, it is housing more than anything else that undergirds Britain’s economic structure and, by extension, its political status quo. The worrying thing is that it does so in a highly inequitable, unstable and unsustainable way.

Olympic Rio de Janeiro: ‘Post-Third World city’ or neoliberal ‘city of exception’?

December 29, 2013


This article was written for Rio On Watch   After its year of protest it’s time to re-examine what kind of Rio de Janeiro is emerging from the ‘city project’   The widely (though not universally) held belief that Brazil had entered a new era of economic stability and social progress was severely dented in […]

Waiting for Santa Claus in Favela Asa Branca

December 21, 2012


This article was written for Rio on Watch December 15th – I had taken just a few steps down Rua Asa Branca when Bezerra’s familiar voice rang out. The Resident Association’s inimitable president was sitting in a barbershop, his face covered in shaving foam, being spruced up ahead of a landmark event in the community’s history. Over recent […]

Living on the edge: A review of Janice Perlman’s ‘Favela’

April 11, 2011


Favela: Four Decades of Living on the Edge in Rio de Janeiro is the culmination of a groundbreaking longitudinal study charting the life trajectories of residents in some of Rio’s most socially excluded neighbourhoods. As may be unavoidable given the subject matter and research methodology the book treads a fine line between academic and popular social science, […]