I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning at Utrecht University and a Research Fellow at the Global Cities Institute, University of Toronto. Previously, I held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. I have a PhD in Planning from the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto.
My research focuses on intersections between urban planning, international development planning, governance and urban policies, and how planning tools and participation address spatial inequality in cities.
My past and current provides a critical approach to understand social justice outcomes in planning focusing on three areas. First, I explore the role of urban policy in producing spatial justice and injustice, in particular on the right to the city and urban social movements in Brazil, on participatory planning in Canadian and Brazilian contexts, on national urban policy in Canada, and metropolitan governance in Brazil. Second, I explore the equity dimension of planning tools, including Section 37 in Toronto, and public-private partnerships in Brazilian cities. Finally, a growing area of my research focuses on precarious housing, such as better understanding the complexity of incremental housing in the Global South, and on housing in the suburban fringes of large metropolises.
Please see my CV for more details. To get in touch with me, send me an email.
New article: The value of participatory urban policy councils: Engaging actors through policy communities
New book review: Latin American Urbanization and the Political Economy of Inequality
New report: The Statute of the Metropolis and Planning Reform in Brazil: Analyzing Land Use Planning Practices and Metropolitan Land Conflicts.
New article: Legacy Participation and the buried history of racialised spaces, and new blog post.
New article: Insurgent Planning in Pandemic Times: The Case of Rio de Janeiro.
New chapter: Planning Reconfigurations in a Mega-Event Context: The Case of Rio de Janeiro
New blog post: What Social Citizenship Tells Us About the Right to the City