The Statute of the Metropolis and Planning Reform in Brazil: Analyzing Community Participatory Visioning, Land Use Planning Practices and Effective Institutional Changes
This research, funded by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy's Program on Latin America and the Caribbean, compares land use planning practices in metropolitan regions before and after the approval of Brazil's 2015 law known as the 'Statute of the Metropolis.' This law has made advances in regulating the constitution of regional and regional public policies across Brazil, providing a window of opportunity for both municipal and state governments as well as civil society entities to organize themselves to elaborate metropolitan plans (known as integrated urban development plans). In some cases, such activities extend already-existing development of cities' local master plans, following the guidelines of an earlier law known as the Statute of the City, approved in 2001. Overall, the research aims to analyze the initial institutional effects of the Statute of the Metropolis in three Brazilian metropolitan regions to understand whether its adoption has changed planning practices in some regions of Brazil.
See an article here (in Portuguese) about this project from RMBH, the state development agency of the metropolitan region of Belo Horizonte.
Planning, Justice and the Right to the City in Brazilian Cities
This project uses a critical lens to explore Brazilian urban policy and planning. This focuses on the role of civil society in the planning of cities, the implementation of 'progressive urban policies, and the future of Brazil's cities given the politico-economic crisis. This is an ongoing project that has involved my dissertation research on the Statute of the City as well as more recent works. Please see my list of publications for examples of this work.
Satellite cities and state-driven housing at the metropolitan scale This project explores the state-driven nature of suburban governance at the metropolitan scale in "emerging economies" through the lens of “satellite cities,” new developments adjacent to an existing metropolis. However, unlike other new town settlements, these developments are underutilized, often vacant spaces. The objective is to cast urban studies with a cosmopolitan lens by focusing on rapid suburbanization processes in emerging economies where urban growth and change is increasingly dynamic. This research is framed by global suburbanisation debates, whereby governance is driven by three "modalities" – mechanisms through which suburban governance proceeds: the state, capital accumulation and authoritarian private governance (Ekers et al., 2012).