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Peer-reviewed article – Hygienisation, gentrification, and urban displacement in Brazil

October 27, 2019


This article, co-written with Jeff Garmany (University of Melbourne) was published in the journal Antipode. It is available (with open access) here   Abstract This article engages recent debates over gentrification and urban displacement in the global South. While researchers increasingly suggest that gentrification is becoming widespread in “Southern” cities, others argue that such analyses […]

Outsourcing Repression

June 21, 2019


Bolsonaro doesn’t need an open military dictatorship to crush his opponents. As the “Colombian model” demonstrates, he can lean on violent paramilitaries to do the dirty work for him. This article was co-written with Benjamin Fogel and published in Jacobin .  

Book review – Angotti (Ed.), Urban Latin America: Inequalities and Neoliberal Reforms

February 1, 2019


This book review was published in the Journal of Latin American Studies, and can be accessed here .

Call for Papers RGS-IBG 2019 – ‘Authoritarian neoliberalism’ in Brazil?

January 31, 2019


RGS-IBG 2019 Call for papers ‘Authoritarian neoliberalism’ in Brazil? Geographical perspectives on the causes and consequences of the rightward turn Convenors: Robert Coates, Sociology of Development and Change, Wageningen University Matthew A. Richmond, Visiting Fellow, LSE Latin American and Caribbean Centre, and Research Associate, Centro de Estudos da Metrópole, São Paulo The links between neoliberal ideology, populism and […]

Understanding “Bolsonarismo popular”

October 7, 2018


On the eve of Brazil’s election around one third of the electorate is saying it will vote for a man who celebrates military dictatorship, advocates state terror and has said he will not accept electoral defeat. This rises to over 40% in the 2nd round. What’s going on? I believe that to understand Bolsonaro’s rise […]

Podcast – Appearance on Aufhebunga Bunga podcast

June 19, 2017


I appeared on the Aufhebunga Bunga podcast Episode 9 – An Englishman’s Castle: Housing and protest, alongside presenters Alex Hochuli and George Hoare and fellow guest Sam Cowie. We discussed the Grenfell Tower fire, Housing inequalities in London and São Paulo, and looked back at Brazil’s 2013 protests. The episode is available here  

Why I’m voting Labour and you should too

June 8, 2017


  In September 2008, the British financial system was on the verge of collapse. I’m talking actual collapse. Like, most of the major UK banks declaring bankruptcy, credit-starved businesses quickly following suit, supply chains fragmenting, money not coming out of ATMs. And who knows what else… Forced nationalisation of the entire banking system? Of food […]