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Peripheries in motion: Change and continuity in Brazil’s marginalised urban territories during the PT era

May 14, 2016


This piece was written for the website Brasil Wire.   It’s a cool late-April evening in São Paulo and locals have packed out the União da Juta community centre in the residential neighbourhood of Fazenda da Juta, some twenty kilometres east of the city centre. The theme of the meeting is the same one that has […]

Post-doctoral research project – ‘Subjectivity, boundaries and social reproduction at the urban periphery’

March 3, 2016


This is a Dropbox link to my proposal for a FAPESP-funded post-doctoral research project at the Centro de Estudos da Metrópole (CEM), São Paulo: Subjectivity, boundaries and social reproduction at the urban periphery. NB. You will need a Dropbox login to access the file and it may take a few minutes to download.    

PhD Thesis – Favela, Network and Identity in a Complex City

November 12, 2015


This is a Dropbox link to my PhD thesis: Favela, network and identity in a complex city: A comparative neighbourhood study in Rio de Janeiro (completed September 2015, Department of Geography, King’s College London). NB. You will need a Dropbox login to access the file and it may take a few minutes to download.   Abstract Although they continue to […]

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.

What Thatcher’s death means to me

April 11, 2013


An elusive, nagging sense of something like frustration has hung over me since I learned of Margaret Thatcher’s death a few days ago. I was just 6 when she fell from power in 1990, so only remember her as an occasional, vaguely unpleasant presence on the family television. She was someone I knew my parents […]

The dirty politics of welfare reform

January 16, 2013


This article was published on the State of Nature website J. K. Galbraith once described modern conservatism as ‘the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness’. In the case of contemporary Britain we might update this to define it as the pursuit of pragmatic justifications for ideologically motivated neoliberal policies. This coalition government, consisting […]

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 […]