I am a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Business and Society at the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary University of London.
I study the political economy of sustainable development with an interest in three core issues: (1) the construction of institutions of market governance in the global South; (2) the role of political and organizational agency in configuring and contesting markets; (3) the politics of knowledge production and participatory methods of research and planning. I explore these issues in the realms of urban infrastructure and service provision, water governance, and gender politics.
My current research engages debates on financialization, business ownership and politics, and public-private partnerships in the water and sanitation sector, with a regional focus on Brazil and Latin America more broadly. Much of this work aims to move beyond conventional public vs. private frameworks and monolithic treatments of the private sector to examine variation within private capital and its forms of politics. As a research affiliate at the Data+Feminism Lab at MIT, I’m also part of a collaborative action-research project focused on understanding data activism and knowledge production about gender-related violence. Some of this work has been featured in Science.
I hold a PhD in Political Economy, Development and Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a Master in City Planning from MIT, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Brasília. 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) 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): "New uses for old rivers."
A native of Brasília, Brazil, I’m passionate about photography and sports.