Dr Andreza Aruska de Souza Santos is a Post-doctoral Research Associate for the Urban Transformations portfolio. Her activities include linking Newton funded ESRC cities research projects in Brazil, China, South Africa and India.
Having lived, studied and worked in Brazil, South Africa and India, countries facing fast-paced urbanization, Andreza has experienced cities of the global south that seemed to be always in the making, unmaking, and remaking. Fascinated by the attempt to preserve some city spaces as cultural heritage sites despite the push for urban change, she is now engaged with cultural heritage and urban transformations from an academic and governmental perspective. In her work, she has interacted with universities, international organizations, municipal governments, and grassroots associations. Looking at cities from an international, national and local perspective laid bare the challenges arising when shaping the perception, preservation and transformation of cities in a rapidly urbanising world.With a focus on urban ethnography, Andreza incorporates themes of cultural heritage, housing, infrastructure, participatory city planning, social memory and migration into her work.
Before arriving in Oxford, she obtained her PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews, an 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.