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Andreza De Souza Santos

Dr Andreza Aruska de Souza Santos

Director, King's Brazil Institute

  • Senior Lecturer in Brazilian and Latin American Studies

Research interests

  • Community
  • Politics
  • Sociology

Biography

Andreza completed her PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews, and holds a master’s degree in Social Sciences jointly awarded by the University of Freiburg and the University of KwaZulu Natal, in Durban.

During her postgraduate studies she also undertook one semester at Jawaharlal Nehru University in India. Prior to this, Andreza completed her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Brasilia.

Having studied in Brazil, Germany, South Africa, India and the UK, Andreza writes about Brazilian politics and city governance comparatively. Before joining King's, she was a lecturer at the University of Oxford and director of the Brazilian Studies Programme (2018-2023). Before that, she was a postdoctoral researcher at Oxford’s School of Anthropology, where she worked at the Urban Transformations portfolio (ESRC).

She has previously worked at Brazil’s Ministry of Social Development, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (Vienna), at the Indian Embassy in Brazil, and at the Brazilian Confederation of Municipalities.

See Andreza’s website: andreza.co.uk

Research

  • Informality and precariousness
  • Mining towns
  • Shrinking towns
  • Participatory governance
  • Grassroots politics
  • Company towns (monotowns)
  • Cities and citizenship
  • The politics of health
  • Sub-national politics

Main projects ongoing:

  1. Youth propensity to join military careers in a post-pandemic and post-Bolsonaro Brazil.
  2. Economic dependency (especially on mining) and its impact on local governance, gender dynamics, and migration.
  3. Citizenship in forest areas (the Amazon).
  4. In collaboration with the CADDE Centre local governments response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Brazil.

Andreza's investigation is mainly concerned with the intersections and the dynamics between formal and informal political and economic systems. In her ethnography in Brazil, she has observed participatory politics (Policy Councils): who participates in meetings, how do meetings develop, and which impact do participatory politics have in the city.

She has observed that participating is not the same as voicing concerns, and people may go to meetings but remain silent. Sub-optimal decisions in policy councils are sometimes less costly for participants than confronting established powers in town.

There is a negative relationship between participation and levels of economic dependency. Although grassroots politics is a valuable resource to press for urban amenities, it is important to consider when poverty mobilises or discourages participatory politics.

The following essay published in The Architectural review summarises some of Andreza's research interests: www.architectural-review.com/essays/redefining-the-brazilian-company-town

For Andreza's publications, please see her google scholar profile.

Teaching

Postgraduate

  • Contemporary Brazil
  • Comparative Politics of Latin America

PhD supervision

Andreza invites PhD students interested in the following themes:

  • grassroots politics
  • urban governance in the global south
  • company towns
  • informalities and precariousness
  • labour and gender in Brazil

Andreza is supervisor (primary or co-supervisor) for the following students:

  • Anna Carolina Raposo de Mello
  • Barbara Abrahao
  • Rebeca Kritisch

Further details

See Andreza's research profile

    Research

    _DSC0102
    Latin American Security Research Group

    The Latin American Security Research Group (LAS) gathers experts working on international relations, defence and security in Latin America.

    Urbanisation
    Urbanisation, Rural Development and Social Transformations research group

    A research group examining urban-rural development and its effect on the developing world.

    News

    'Brazil is Back' says country's top diplomat in UK

    November saw the Brazilian Ambassador deliver King's Brazil Institute’s Inaugural Lecture, where he heralded the return of the South American nation as a...

    Brazillian Ambassador to UK

    King's hosts special performance by Brazilian 'favela' orchestra

    The performance by Orquestra Maré do Amanhã was hosted by King’s Brazil Institute and was also an opportunity to hear from young Brazilians about music and...

    Orchestra da Mare performing in Bush House in July 2023

    Education once again a top priority in Brazil, minister tells King's event

    The Brazilian Minister of Education was among guests speaking on education at a recent seminar at King’s.

    Writing tablet chairs set up in exam style

    New director of King's Brazil Institute announced

    Dr Andreza Aruska de Souza Santos has been announced as the new director and will be joining King’s in April.

    Dr Vinicius de Carvalho and  Andreza Aruska de Souza Santos

    Events

    23NovBrazil map

    'Brazil is back: lessons learned and Brazil’s prospects in foreign affairs' with Brazilian Ambassador Antonio Patriota

    Lecture with Brazilian Ambassador Antonio Patriota and with Professor Octavio Ferraz and Dr Vinicius de Carvalho as discussants

    Please note: this event has passed.

    14NovBrazil

    Discussion: The life story and intellectual contributions of Luiz Gama

    Discussion on 'The life story and intellectual contributions of Luiz Gama' with Bruno Lima, hosted by King's Brazil Institute.

    Please note: this event has passed.

    24OctVale? Poster Frame

    'Vale? Is it worth it?' - Five artists in the front line against Brazil’s worst environmental crime

    Screening of 'Vale? Is it worth it?' organised by the King's Brazil Institute.

    Please note: this event has passed.

    06NovBrazilInequality

    Brazilian Inequalities: Identifying Challenges, Seizing Opportunities

    Join our brilliant panellists and engage with the discussion by asking your questions

    Please note: this event has passed.

    21SepLecture Marta Arretche

    Regional identification or economic calculation: preferences of Brazilian voters about federalism

    Professor Marta Arretche presents findings demonstrating political crisis did not affect attitudes regarding centralisation in Brazil, and voter preferences...

    Please note: this event has passed.

    14JulOrchestra da mare_Brazil institute_performance

    Orchestra da Mare

    King's Brazil Institute is excited to host and present the Orchestra da Mare, with support from the Brazilian Embassy.

    Please note: this event has passed.

      Research

      _DSC0102
      Latin American Security Research Group

      The Latin American Security Research Group (LAS) gathers experts working on international relations, defence and security in Latin America.

      Urbanisation
      Urbanisation, Rural Development and Social Transformations research group

      A research group examining urban-rural development and its effect on the developing world.

      News

      'Brazil is Back' says country's top diplomat in UK

      November saw the Brazilian Ambassador deliver King's Brazil Institute’s Inaugural Lecture, where he heralded the return of the South American nation as a...

      Brazillian Ambassador to UK

      King's hosts special performance by Brazilian 'favela' orchestra

      The performance by Orquestra Maré do Amanhã was hosted by King’s Brazil Institute and was also an opportunity to hear from young Brazilians about music and...

      Orchestra da Mare performing in Bush House in July 2023

      Education once again a top priority in Brazil, minister tells King's event

      The Brazilian Minister of Education was among guests speaking on education at a recent seminar at King’s.

      Writing tablet chairs set up in exam style

      New director of King's Brazil Institute announced

      Dr Andreza Aruska de Souza Santos has been announced as the new director and will be joining King’s in April.

      Dr Vinicius de Carvalho and  Andreza Aruska de Souza Santos

      Events

      23NovBrazil map

      'Brazil is back: lessons learned and Brazil’s prospects in foreign affairs' with Brazilian Ambassador Antonio Patriota

      Lecture with Brazilian Ambassador Antonio Patriota and with Professor Octavio Ferraz and Dr Vinicius de Carvalho as discussants

      Please note: this event has passed.

      14NovBrazil

      Discussion: The life story and intellectual contributions of Luiz Gama

      Discussion on 'The life story and intellectual contributions of Luiz Gama' with Bruno Lima, hosted by King's Brazil Institute.

      Please note: this event has passed.

      24OctVale? Poster Frame

      'Vale? Is it worth it?' - Five artists in the front line against Brazil’s worst environmental crime

      Screening of 'Vale? Is it worth it?' organised by the King's Brazil Institute.

      Please note: this event has passed.

      06NovBrazilInequality

      Brazilian Inequalities: Identifying Challenges, Seizing Opportunities

      Join our brilliant panellists and engage with the discussion by asking your questions

      Please note: this event has passed.

      21SepLecture Marta Arretche

      Regional identification or economic calculation: preferences of Brazilian voters about federalism

      Professor Marta Arretche presents findings demonstrating political crisis did not affect attitudes regarding centralisation in Brazil, and voter preferences...

      Please note: this event has passed.

      14JulOrchestra da mare_Brazil institute_performance

      Orchestra da Mare

      King's Brazil Institute is excited to host and present the Orchestra da Mare, with support from the Brazilian Embassy.

      Please note: this event has passed.