I am a political scientist and a postdoctoral researcher at SECURCIT and at the Human Geography, Planning and International Development Department and the Centre for Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam. My research focuses on housing and securitization in Urban Latin America and beyond. I have studied land conflicts, “pacification”, and protests against involuntary resettlements in Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro. Informed by studies on the performativity of power, my research is examining urban informality as a volatile role and ascription. Informality I take as a methodological place to understand how the urban is produced in everyday security encounters and which socio-political and –spatial effects these generate.
During my year at the UvA I will take this approach further in two projects: First, in a collaborative research project with Markus-Michael Müller and Andrea Steinke (Latin American Institute, Freie Universität Berlin) we study the transnational entanglements of “pacification” encounters in low-income communities in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Second, I am developing a project to explore emerging forms of governability in the ever more polarizing and securitized urban peripheries of Medellin, Rio de Janeiro and Berlin. The retreat of residents to gated enclaves, the formation of right-wing neighborhood defense groups, the employment of surveillance technologies and private security firms, and new strategies to displace low-income populations to the urban peripheries can be studied as global assemblages of securitizing housing.