Andreza de Souza Santos Post-Doctoral Researcher, Urban Transformations

Dr Andreza Aruska de Souza Santos is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Urban Transformations. Her activities include linking Newton funded ESRC cities research projects in Brazil, China, South Africa and India.

Having lived, studied and worked in Brazil, South Africa and India, countries facing fast-paced urbanization, Andreza has experienced cities of the global south that seemed to be always in the making, unmaking, and remaking. Fascinated by the attempt to preserve some city spaces as cultural heritage sites despite the push for urban change, she is now engaged with cultural heritage and urban transformations from an academic and governmental perspective. In her work, she has interacted with universities, international organizations, municipal governments, and grassroots associations. Looking at cities from an international, national and local perspective laid bare the challenges arising when shaping the perception, preservation and transformation of cities in a rapidly urbanising world.

Andreza’s research and teaching interests include urban ethnography, cultural heritage, housing, infrastructure, participatory city planning, social memory, Latin America and migration.

Before arriving in Oxford, she obtained her PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews, an MA in Social Sciences at the University of Freiburg, University of KwaZulu Natal and Jawaharlal Nehru University, and a BA in Political Science at the University of Brasilia.

In the news

How should we plan the cities of tomorrow? The Conversation | 18/10/2016

O que podemos dizer sobre o futuro das cidades no Brasil e no mundo? BBC Brasil | 27/09/2016


Metropolitan health in unequal cities Urban Transformations | 13/12/2017

Could cultural heritage topple Brazil’s political establishment? Urban Transformations | 01/12/2016

How should we plan the cities of tomorrow? Urban Transformations | 19/10/2016

New migrant urbanisms and the United Nations Habitat III conference in Quito Urban Transformations | 17/02/2016


De Souza Santos, A. A. (2018) Risky closeness and distance in two fieldwork sites in Brazil, Contemporary Social Science

De Souza Santos, A. A. (2014) Review of the book Space and Society in Central Brazil: A Panará Ethnography by Elizabeth Ewart, The London School of Economics and Political Science Review of Books

De Souza Santos, A. A. (2013) ‘Chandigarh and Brasilia: utopias or dystopias?’ in Fulquet, G. Janz, C., Kumar, A. (eds.) Analyzing Globalisation in the 21st Century, Palm Leaf Publications, New Delhi, pp. 163-174



Blog Posts

New migrant urbanisms and the United Nations Habitat III conference in Quito

Michael Keith, Nicholas Simcik Arese and Andreza de Souza Santos

Journal Articles


Urban Transformations Coordination

Michael Keith, Nicola Headlam, Peter Grant, Igor Calzada, Andreza de Souza Santos, Nicholas Simcik Arese, Emma Newcombe, Mikal Mast and Nathan Grassi | 2015 - 2019