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Moniza Ansari

Moniza Rizzini Ansari

Research Associate


Moniza Rizzini Ansari is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the School of Global Affairs, collaborating on a British Academy funded project on Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, led by Professor Cathy McIlwaine.

Prior to joining King's College, as a PhD candidate at Birkbeck School of Law, Moniza developed other relevant research projects intersecting critical legal and urban studies within territories of poverty and violence in Brazil.


The project "Resisting violence, creating dignity: negotiating Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) through community history-making in Rio de Janeiro" is a multilateral partnership to co-create an interdisciplinary approach to community history-making in Maré, a territory affected by persistent urban conflict in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Extending long-standing research and civil society collaborations internationally, we are implementing a multi-method framework through empirical social research, GIS story mapping, as well as arts-based approaches to capture institutional and creative community histories developed by women as protagonists in resisting VAWG and building dignity as a way of ultimately reducing and preventing it.

Research Interests

  • Urban poverty and political violence
  • Territorial development
  • Violence against women and girls (VAWG)
  • Legal geography
  • Feminist and Critical Race Studies