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Faces of the City – Online event titled ‘The Brazilian experience in upgrading precarious settlements: exploring possibilities for South-South comparisons’ & ‘The Institutionalization of Brazilian Social Activism’

May 17, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Online event titled ‘The Brazilian experience in upgrading precarious settlements: exploring possibilities for South-South comparisons (Adauto Cardoso and Camila Saraiva) & The Institutionalization of Brazilian Social Activism (Humberto Meza).’- Tuesday 17 May 2022, 16:00PM – 17:30PM (CAT).

The Brazilian experience in upgrading precarious settlements: exploring possibilities for South-South comparisons
This presentation brings the main results of two national research projects on upgrading precarious settlements in Brazil. The first one mapped and analysed the scope of interventions enabled by the Growth Acceleration Programme (PAC) – an ambitious national programme aimed at funding upgrading projects to be designed and implemented by states and municipalities on an unprecedented scale. The second research project traced the historical development of specific institutional conditioning factors that determined the performance of certain municipalities receiving PAC funds. The goal is to highlight specific questions and topics that could be interesting to think comparatively about the Brazilian and South African experiences regarding in-situ upgrading policies and programs.

The Institutionalization of the Brazilian Social Activism
This presentation is a result of the research on Social Activism in the contemporary Brazilian Metropoles. The class aims to introduce the students into the debate on the phenomenon of civil society associations along the Brazilian democratic trajectory, after the end of the dictatorial period. These actors are understood as interest organizations, factions, pressure groups, corporations or organized agents of civil society have been analyzed from their effects – undesirable or not – for democratization, according to the theoretical approach adopted. Our intention is to understand this role and its effects on metropolitan governance starting from the data obtained from the office ial databases about third sector organizations. The research shows a modification of the activism phenomena into a consolidation of religious and party activism in Brazilian Metropoles

Speaker biographies:
Adauto Cardoso is a Professor at the Institute of Research on Urban and Regional Planning / University of Rio de Janeiro (IPPUR-UFRJ) and a member of the Observatório das Metrópoles. He holds a PhD in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of São Paulo (USP). His research interests focus on urban planning, social housing, and in-situ upgrading policies.

Camila Saraiva is an Urban Studies Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of the ABC Region (UFABC). She holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and was a visiting research student at the Department of Geography of University College London (UCL). Her research interests focus on urban inequalities, in-situ upgrading policies and comparative urbanism.

Humberto Meza is researcher in the National Institute of Science and Technology, INCT Observatorio das Metropoles within the Institute of Urban and Regional Planning and Research (IPPUR) of Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He holds a PhD in Political Science by the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), in the field research of Collective Action, Social Movements and the interaction with political institutions. Was researcher at the Brazilian Research Center (CEBRAP) in Political Participation and Collective Action

Zoom link: https://wits-za.zoom.us/j/93584078767?pwd=VThtaGxWODZpSUI0Ukg0enh5eFZzdz09
Meeting ID: 935 8407 8767
Passcode: 797408


May 17, 2022
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Event Categories:


Virtual (Zoom)


University of the Witwatersrand
Centre for Urbanism and Built Environment (CUBES)
Gauteng City Region Observatory (GCRO)
Wits School of Architecture and Planning