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Hubris and Nemesis: Olympic Rio de Janeiro and the contradictions of Brazil’s development model

August 17, 2016

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This blog post was written for the Political Studies Association blog.   In October 2009, then-President of Brazil, Luis Inácio Lula da Silva, stood before the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and delivered a speech that sounds as bitterly ironic now as it seemed momentous at the time. With the same rhetorical virtuosity that helped him […]

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

August 4, 2016

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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 […]

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

November 12, 2015

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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

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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

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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 […]

Morro do Tuiuti: The hill that tells the story of Rio de Janeiro

August 22, 2013

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This article was written for Rio on Watch If hills could speak, Morro do Tuiuti (Tuiuti Hill) would have a lot to say. It has borne witness to many of Rio de Janeiro’s key physical and social transformations over more than two hundred years. A lost history When the Portuguese royal family–in flight from Napoleon’s invading […]

Brazil’s mega-event revolt: In search of a real ‘legacy’

June 27, 2013

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The banner reads: ‘We demand “FIFA quality” schools, hospitals and policing’. This article was published for Anti-Capitalist Initiative As in other recent examples of large-scale urban unrest, the current protests in Brazil’s major cities bring together an interesting array of local, national and global issues. The grievances range from poor investment in key public services and […]