Dr Andreza Aruska de Souza Santos is a Post-doctoral Research Associate on Urban Transformations. Her activities include linking Newton funded ESRC cities research projects in Brazil, China, South Africa and India.
Andreza has developed an interest in cities, and especially those in the global south, from her previous experience living, studying and working in Brazil, South Africa and India. While living in countries facing fast paced urbanization Andreza experienced cities that seemed to be always on the making, unmaking, and remaking, and she was particularly interested in the attempt to preserve some city spaces as cultural heritage sites despite the push for urban change. This interest invited her to engage with cultural heritage and urban transformations from an academic and governmental perspective. She has interacted with universities, international organizations, municipal governments and grassroots associations.
Looking at cities from an international, sub-national and local perspective laid bare the challenge to perceive, preserve and transform the spaces where most people live, and city dwellers gained Andreza’s ethnographic attention. Before arriving in Oxford she obtained her PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews, 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.