Angela De Souza Torresan

Angela De Souza Torresan


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Postgraduate Opportunities

I am interested in supervising doctoral projects focusing on the following themes:
- Urban anthropology: favela/slum studies, gentrification, urban renewal
- The anthropology of securitisation, state control and urban public policies
- Visual Anthropology with a specialisation in ethnographic films


I did my Masters in Social Anthropology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Museu Nacional (1994) and my PhD in Social Anthroplogy and Visual Media at the University of Manchester (2004). Prior to starting my lectureship appointment in Manchester in 2007 I took a two-year Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (Prodoc).

Regional specialisation: Brazil and Portugal

Research interests

I My main ethnographic and theoretical interest lies on processes of emergence, maintenance and revitalization of identities in situations of physical and cognitive movement, and cultural change. I am also interested in the use of film in ethnographic research, as a catalyst of social relationships and an instrument for the development of anthropological knowledge.
I have done research on middle-class Brazilian migration to London for my Masters degree and went on to study the post-colonial context of Brazilian migration to Lisbon for my doctoral research. I have explored the ways in which migrants reconfigured their ideas of home and belonging to a nation state through the new social relationships they developed in postcolonial migration.
I workded on the process of gentrification in a pacified favela in Rio de Janeiro, Vidigal, which resulted from a securitisation policy to pacify favelas launched in anticipation to the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic games, called UPP. My current attention, after the failure of the UPP in Rio and the current political context in Brazil, has turned to the return of police violence and processes of resistance. I believe that the validity of academic research on the urban poor rests on their interest in the knowledge we produce and how it can in fact help them advance their own agendas.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Areas of expertise

  • F1201 Latin America (General)
  • Urban Brazil, favela, securitisation, urban violence
  • GN Anthropology
  • Visual anthropology, ethnographic films

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities
  • Digital Futures
  • Manchester Urban Institute
  • Creative Manchester


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