Mariana Cavalcanti is Associate Professor in the Sociology Department of the Institute of Social and Political Studies at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (IESP/UERJ), where she coordinates the research collective Grupo CASA: estudos sociais sobre moradia e cidade . Cavalcanti received her PhD in social/cultural anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2007, and was Associate Professor at the School of Social Sciences and History of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation between 2008 and 2015. She recently co-edited Occupy All Streets: Olympic urbanism and contested futures in Rio de Janeiro (Terreform, 2016 co-directed the documentary film Favela Fabril (2012, 49’). She was a Board member of Catalytic Communities (2018-19) and co-founder of Casa Fluminense, a civil society association aimed at deepening democracy and reducing inequalities in the Metropolitan Area of Rio de Janeiro.
RESEARCH PROJECT: The Rise of Paramilitary Groups, Infrastructure Development, and Urban Imaginaries in Rio de Janeiro’s Peripheries