I am a Lecturer in Business and Society at the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary University of London. I study the political economy of development, with a focus on the role of state-market relations in shaping environmental sustainability, natural resource governance, and public service delivery. I am interested in how these relations are constituted historically, their social and spatial repercussions, and how they shape possibilities for more equitable and sustainable development.
My current research engages debates on the role of finance in development, state-business relations, and private investment in infrastructure, with a regional focus on Latin America. My dissertation, Disordering Capital, examines the relationship between financialization and the local politics of service delivery through a historical and comparative subnational analysis of the water and sanitation market in Brazil. Some of my other research interests and experience include work on democratic institutions, participatory planning, social movements, and feminist organizing.
I hold a PhD in Political Economy, Development and Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, 2022), a Master in City Planning from MIT (2016), and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Brasília (2011). I have previously been a research fellow at the Institute for Applied Economic Research in Brazil, and am a research affiliate with the City Infrastructure Equity Lab (CIEL) and the Data+Feminism Lab at MIT. I was a leading member of MIT Water for two years, including serving as Co-Vice President. I also co-edited the 14th edition of the journal Projections (MIT Press). Titled "New uses for old rivers", the edition assembled contributions exploring political, economic, and social processes shaping river restoration and waterfront redevelopment projects in cities across the globe.
A native of Brasília, Brazil, I’m passionate about photography and sports.