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Biography

Dr Jeff Garmany completed his PhD in 2011 in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona (with a minor in Latin American Studies). Before that, he completed his MA in Geography at the University of Arizona in 2006, and his BA in Anthropology at the University of Colorado in 2002 (Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa).

Jeff joined the King's Brazil Institute at King's College London as a lecturer in 2011, and since then has held affiliations with the Department of International Development and the Department of Geography. 

He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2017, and today he holds a joint appointment between the Department of Geography and the King's Brazil Institute. He is also on the journal editorial boards of Political Geography and Brasiliana, and during the academic year 2010/11, he was an Andrew W. Mellon/ACLS fellow.

Research

  • State theory and governance
  • Urban inequality and informality
  • Critical development studies
  • Political ecology in Brazil and Latin America

Jeff's work lies at the intersection of four fields of academic study: Urban Studies, Political Geography, Critical Development, and Latin American/Brazilian Studies. In the most basic sense, his research investigates the relationships between the state, informality, and development. More specifically, he is interested in the prosaic and everyday processes that link informality with contemporary governance in Brazil and Latin America, and how power and inequality are produced and contested through these relationships.

Publications

For a full list of publications, please see Jeff's research profile.

PhD supervision

Jeff welcomes students looking to conduct their research in the following fields:

  • State theory and governance
  • Urban inequality and informality
  • Critical development studies
  • Political ecology in Brazil and Latin America
  • Principle supervisor

Christopher Barton, "The Governance of Consumption and the Construction of the Consumer in Twenty-First Century Brazil"

Kim Beecheno, "Faith and Feminism: Religion, Rights and Violence Against Women in Brazil"

Roberta Sakai, "Urban Diplomacy: Is There Place for South-South Cooperation?"

Kayla Svoboda, "Confronting the exclusive city? The social function of urban property in Rio de Janeiro: Communidade do Horto as case study"

  • Second supervisor

Lara Langston in the Department of Geography and Jennifer Constantine in the Department of International Development.

Further details

Please see Jeff's Research Staff Profile for further details.