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.
Sustainable Corridors? Exploring the Interface between Infrastructure Planning and Social Transformation at the Metropolitan Scale
This project, funded by Utrecht University's research hub on Transforming Infrastructures for Sustainable Cities, focuses on the concept of “corridor” developed as a socio-technical system integrating territorial and economic growth with local community interests concerning human sustainable environments. A corridor is a unit of analysis organized around linear public transit and its adjacent urban fabric, fostering technical infrastructure provision, access, and connectivity. It is increasingly applied to regional and sustainable development planning in the global south as a government-led top-down planning approach. However, it remains unclear whether and how the corridor can emerge as a critical approach that integrates planned infrastructure with local environmental and social concerns, focused on transformative development through community participation at a metropolitan scale.
Based on a case in São Paulo, Brazil, this project aims to explore the relationship between infrastructure planning and its transformative effects for sustainability emerging from local communities. São Paulo is currently transforming a historical legacy of corridor planning which catalyzes emergent forms of infrastructure planning through community-oriented strategies to preserve social housing, address environmental degradation, and enhance economic development.