Resilience and Porosity of City Borders: A psychosocial investigation in three Brazilian cities

Lead Research Organisation: London School of Economics & Pol Sci
Department Name: Social Psychology

Abstract

How does the right to come and go in the city impact on the lives of individuals and communities? Barriers to communication and circulation between neighbourhoods have been linked to diminished self-esteem and decreased social capital and social networks. This project will test this link by studying 1) the relationship between the porosity of internal city borders, self-esteem and resilience and 2) the role of bottom-up social development initiatives in building resilience and enhancing the flexibility of city borders. This will be studied in segregated neighbourhoods (favelas) of three large Brazilian cities: Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre. A comparative framework between multiple sites furthers understanding of how different built environments and contexts intersect with the psychology and resilience of individuals and communities. At the same time we will identify initiatives of bottom-up social development and study their role in developing resilience and capacity to act on urban frontiers, which, we hypothesise, is an important factor in the quality of urban transformation.

The work to be carried out involves building a research partnership between Brazil and the UK through 2 workshops in London and Porto Alegre, which will focus on all elements of preparing and designing the research. We will review the literature connecting social psychology and urban studies and establish the research design. The workshops will draw on previous research of members of the network and bring together colleagues with different expertise on the connections between environments, self-esteem and resilience. It will involve young researchers from both countries, including PhD students. This network will make an important and novel contribution by developing conceptual and empirical links between social and cultural psychology and urban studies.

Planned Impact

This project will study vulnerable and excluded communities of large Brazilian cities and in particular their agency and capacity for change in rapidly transforming urban environments. It will contribute to the welfare and socio-economic development of Brazil in so far as it will expand the understanding of how disenfranchised social actors can themselves develop strategies for changing their lives and environments for the best.

Potential beneficiaries and users to be involved in the project include 1) third-sector organisations, specifically those which we will be studying in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre and the London-based charity Kids Company, whose work with the most vulnerable children in London is directly linked to neighbourhood borders and urban transformations; 2) practitioners in the public and private sector, specifically urban planners and architects who can incorporate in design and planning the role of flexible borders in the agency and psychosocial development of individuals and communities; 3) UNESCO-Brasilia Office, given our established partnership in the projects Underground Sociabilities and Communicating Bottom-up Social Development. UNESCO have been committed to sharing our research knowledge via their delegations globally and we are confident that they will be involved in the current development. Finally, 4) the Government of Brazil, specifically the Ministry of Cities, with whom we have worked in the past and continue to advise.

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Description Developments:
- Research proposal written collaboratively and submitted October 2016 to LSE-Rockefeller Foundation call (unsuccessful). Revised proposal to be submitted to RCUK-FAPESP Bilateral Agreement in summer 2017. This research proposal is designed to test empirically the conceptual three-level model of urban experience that we elaborated during the life of the grant.
- Consolidated partnership with Brazilian colleagues: a highly enriching collaboration, which enabled to contrast and debate theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches to the study of resilience, self-esteem and the urban environment and to decide on what elements to take forward when expanding the research. Equally important was the inter-generational collaboration, bringing together researchers at different career stages. In addition, we have built inter-disciplinarity into the exchange, introducing the perspective of human geographers. We have increased capacity by training researchers in Brazil on the use of computer assisted analysis software for qualitative data.
- Research Workshops in UK and Porto Alegre Brazil and Field Visit: the two research workshops we proposed were delivered and all objectives met. In addition, we were able to organise a field visit in Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre for UK participants, including postgraduate students. This field visits were enable by local grassroots organisation CUFA and UNESCO who have collaborated with us and supported our research in Brazil.
- Systematic review of the literature and elaboration of a psychosocial approach to the study of urban transformations.
- Expanded partnership to include UNESCO: during the life of the grant, UNESCO-Brasilia Office supported and joined in the development of our research proposal. In addition, they sponsored our impact activities, including presenting at HABITAT, Quito.
- Piloting of research design in London, UK and Caracas, Venezuela: initial pilot studies were conducted between January and June 2017. Data analysis is in progress.

Findings:

• Two international research workshops and field visits enabled us to systematize a psychosocial approach to the study of urban transformations.This approach articulates the relationship between self, community and urban environment through indicators and measures of individual self-esteem, individual and community resilience, and porosity of city borders.

• The systematic review of the literature found:

- Little research exists on the link between resilience and porosity of city borders.
- The main barriers and enables of crossings in the contemporary city. These involve psychological, spatial and political dimensions. Enablers involve urban points of contact, social movements, urban art, urban policy and welfare systems. Global events such as the Olympics and the World Cup also contribute to communication. Barriers comprise social stereotyping and strong self-defined identities, media discourses, fear of Otherness, residential segregation and the privatization of space.
- Research shows that these factors can sometimes operate in both positive and negative ways, which suggest that more research is needed to establish the nature of their impact on porosity of city borders and communications and crossings in the contemporary urban.

• Drawing on the preliminary findings from the systematic review, our research proposal hypothesises that levels of porosity in cities' neighbourhoods affect self-esteem and individual and community resilience. The more porous the borders the more favourable are the conditions for positive self-esteem and resilience. Alternatively, closed-off neighbourhoods predict lower self-esteem and resilience.
Exploitation Route This project is moving forward through a research bid to the ESRC/FAPESP bi-lateral agreement. We have an agreed partnership with colleagues from Fundacao Carlos Chagas, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, UNESCO and grassroots Brazilian organisation CUFA. UNESCO is committed to working us rolling out the research protocol we developed in Brazilian cities and at a later stage, internationallyy. NGO CUFA will develop interventions based on the findings of the research.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education,Healthcare,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Government, Democracy and Justice

 
Description UNESCO is drawing on the research model to develop further its urban agenda on inclusive and diverse cities. Local non-governmental NGOs such as CUFA are using the underpinning framework of the research to guide interventions at community level. In 2017/2018 we have extended the impact of the research to the Arab word, participating in an international expert meeting in Algeria
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy
Impact Types Societal

 
Description Citation in UNESCO policy document
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact This change led to UNESCO's formulation of community development practice. This policy document s widely available in UNESCO's Digital Library. Overseas Development Institute (UK) [13] ISBN:978-92-3-100142-0
URL https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000243129
 
Description Invited Seminar - Travel grant - Urban Poverty and Development in Brazil
Amount $1,540 (USD)
Organisation United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization 
Sector Public
Country Global
Start 09/2015 
End 09/2015
 
Description UNESCO Mexico & Government of Mexico City funding
Amount £1,834 (GBP)
Organisation Government of Mexico City 
Sector Public
Country Mexico
Start 08/2016 
End 08/2016
 
Description Porosity of Borders 
Organisation Central Unica das Favelas
Country Brazil 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We started our work as a research partnership between academic institutions but evolved to become an inter-institutional partnership with UNESCO and CUFA. We contributed with a systematic review of the literature (in progress) and with the organisation of two research workshops in London and Porto Alegre in February 2015 and May 2016 respectively. We also organised field visits with our UNESCO and CUFA partners in Rio de Janeiro and all the academic content of engagement activities, which include the United Nations in New York, the UNESCO/Government of Mexico workshop in August 2016 and HABITAT III. in Quito Ecuador. We have developed a full research protocol that we are now submitting to various funding agencies with the support and full engagement of UNESCO-Brasilia Office.
Collaborator Contribution Academic partners in Porto Alegre and Rio de Janeiro contributed to the organisation of the research workshops, the development of the research proposal and the field visits. UNESCO has contributed by supporting in kind (with personnel and field organisation) the field visits, arranging and organising interviews and meetings with potential funders and brokering our participation in the UN and Habitat meetings. CUFA has supported our field visits to the favelas, using their own transport (financial contribution). We would not have access to the terrain without CUFA and UNESCO, as favelas are controled by narco gangs and only local organisations can support entry of strangers.
Impact Inter-institutional, international research collaboration Two research workshops in Porto Alegre and London Systematic review of the literature Fully developed research proposal Multidisciplinary - Psychology (Social); Geography (Human); Urban Studies
Start Year 2015
 
Description Porosity of Borders 
Organisation Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
Country Brazil 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We started our work as a research partnership between academic institutions but evolved to become an inter-institutional partnership with UNESCO and CUFA. We contributed with a systematic review of the literature (in progress) and with the organisation of two research workshops in London and Porto Alegre in February 2015 and May 2016 respectively. We also organised field visits with our UNESCO and CUFA partners in Rio de Janeiro and all the academic content of engagement activities, which include the United Nations in New York, the UNESCO/Government of Mexico workshop in August 2016 and HABITAT III. in Quito Ecuador. We have developed a full research protocol that we are now submitting to various funding agencies with the support and full engagement of UNESCO-Brasilia Office.
Collaborator Contribution Academic partners in Porto Alegre and Rio de Janeiro contributed to the organisation of the research workshops, the development of the research proposal and the field visits. UNESCO has contributed by supporting in kind (with personnel and field organisation) the field visits, arranging and organising interviews and meetings with potential funders and brokering our participation in the UN and Habitat meetings. CUFA has supported our field visits to the favelas, using their own transport (financial contribution). We would not have access to the terrain without CUFA and UNESCO, as favelas are controled by narco gangs and only local organisations can support entry of strangers.
Impact Inter-institutional, international research collaboration Two research workshops in Porto Alegre and London Systematic review of the literature Fully developed research proposal Multidisciplinary - Psychology (Social); Geography (Human); Urban Studies
Start Year 2015
 
Description Porosity of Borders 
Organisation Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Country Brazil 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We started our work as a research partnership between academic institutions but evolved to become an inter-institutional partnership with UNESCO and CUFA. We contributed with a systematic review of the literature (in progress) and with the organisation of two research workshops in London and Porto Alegre in February 2015 and May 2016 respectively. We also organised field visits with our UNESCO and CUFA partners in Rio de Janeiro and all the academic content of engagement activities, which include the United Nations in New York, the UNESCO/Government of Mexico workshop in August 2016 and HABITAT III. in Quito Ecuador. We have developed a full research protocol that we are now submitting to various funding agencies with the support and full engagement of UNESCO-Brasilia Office.
Collaborator Contribution Academic partners in Porto Alegre and Rio de Janeiro contributed to the organisation of the research workshops, the development of the research proposal and the field visits. UNESCO has contributed by supporting in kind (with personnel and field organisation) the field visits, arranging and organising interviews and meetings with potential funders and brokering our participation in the UN and Habitat meetings. CUFA has supported our field visits to the favelas, using their own transport (financial contribution). We would not have access to the terrain without CUFA and UNESCO, as favelas are controled by narco gangs and only local organisations can support entry of strangers.
Impact Inter-institutional, international research collaboration Two research workshops in Porto Alegre and London Systematic review of the literature Fully developed research proposal Multidisciplinary - Psychology (Social); Geography (Human); Urban Studies
Start Year 2015
 
Description Porosity of Borders 
Organisation Fundacao Carlos Chagas Filho de Amparo a Pesquisa do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
Country Brazil 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We started our work as a research partnership between academic institutions but evolved to become an inter-institutional partnership with UNESCO and CUFA. We contributed with a systematic review of the literature (in progress) and with the organisation of two research workshops in London and Porto Alegre in February 2015 and May 2016 respectively. We also organised field visits with our UNESCO and CUFA partners in Rio de Janeiro and all the academic content of engagement activities, which include the United Nations in New York, the UNESCO/Government of Mexico workshop in August 2016 and HABITAT III. in Quito Ecuador. We have developed a full research protocol that we are now submitting to various funding agencies with the support and full engagement of UNESCO-Brasilia Office.
Collaborator Contribution Academic partners in Porto Alegre and Rio de Janeiro contributed to the organisation of the research workshops, the development of the research proposal and the field visits. UNESCO has contributed by supporting in kind (with personnel and field organisation) the field visits, arranging and organising interviews and meetings with potential funders and brokering our participation in the UN and Habitat meetings. CUFA has supported our field visits to the favelas, using their own transport (financial contribution). We would not have access to the terrain without CUFA and UNESCO, as favelas are controled by narco gangs and only local organisations can support entry of strangers.
Impact Inter-institutional, international research collaboration Two research workshops in Porto Alegre and London Systematic review of the literature Fully developed research proposal Multidisciplinary - Psychology (Social); Geography (Human); Urban Studies
Start Year 2015
 
Description Porosity of Borders 
Organisation United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
Country Global 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We started our work as a research partnership between academic institutions but evolved to become an inter-institutional partnership with UNESCO and CUFA. We contributed with a systematic review of the literature (in progress) and with the organisation of two research workshops in London and Porto Alegre in February 2015 and May 2016 respectively. We also organised field visits with our UNESCO and CUFA partners in Rio de Janeiro and all the academic content of engagement activities, which include the United Nations in New York, the UNESCO/Government of Mexico workshop in August 2016 and HABITAT III. in Quito Ecuador. We have developed a full research protocol that we are now submitting to various funding agencies with the support and full engagement of UNESCO-Brasilia Office.
Collaborator Contribution Academic partners in Porto Alegre and Rio de Janeiro contributed to the organisation of the research workshops, the development of the research proposal and the field visits. UNESCO has contributed by supporting in kind (with personnel and field organisation) the field visits, arranging and organising interviews and meetings with potential funders and brokering our participation in the UN and Habitat meetings. CUFA has supported our field visits to the favelas, using their own transport (financial contribution). We would not have access to the terrain without CUFA and UNESCO, as favelas are controled by narco gangs and only local organisations can support entry of strangers.
Impact Inter-institutional, international research collaboration Two research workshops in Porto Alegre and London Systematic review of the literature Fully developed research proposal Multidisciplinary - Psychology (Social); Geography (Human); Urban Studies
Start Year 2015
 
Description Blog Post - Urban regeneration through community participation: Reflections on the case of the Kasbah of Algiers 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A blog post entitled "Urban regeneration through community participation: Reflections on the case of the Kasbah of Algiers", published on the 6th March 2018 in the website of Urban Transformations, a network based at the University of Oxford showcasing ESRC research on cities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/blog/2018/urban-regeneration-through-community-participati...
 
Description Blog post - From the favelas of Rio to the Kasbah of Algiers, community participation is the key to urban regeneration 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A blog entry entitled "From the favelas of Rio to the Kasbah of Algiers, community participation is the key to urban regeneration", published on the 14 March 2018, in the website of the Latin American and Caribbean Centre at the London School of Economics
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/latamcaribbean/2018/03/14/from-the-favelas-of-rio-to-the-kasbah-of-algiers-c...
 
Description Collaborative activities to further the grant 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact March 2017

• Preparing final report for ESRC
• Preparing materials for Research Fish
• Redeveloping Research Proposal for ESRC-FAPESP bid
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Development of international research proposal 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact From August to October 2016, we worked on the development of research proposal in collaboration with partners in the Dept of Geography and the Environment at LSE, Fundacao Carlos Chagas, Sao Paulo, and Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro. This also entailed further work on systematic review of literature, on which we capitalised for the proposal, and supervising research officers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Event - Expert Talk given at the United Nations HQ, New York 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Expert Seminar 'Urban Povertty and Development in Brazil: the periphery at the centre of the post-2015 agenda

Organised by the Government of Brazil, UNESCO and the World Bank, the seminar discussed the contribution of peripheral actors in shaping the Post-2015 Agenda and the SDG.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://webtv.un.org/meetings-/watch/urban-poverty-and-development-in-brazil-seminar/4495685618001
 
Description Field visit, including three generations of researchers from London (MSc and PhD students, research officers and academics at different career stages) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact - UFRGS - 3-day international workshop exploring Resilience and Porosity of City Borders (programme attached)
- Field visits in Porto Alegre organised by partners at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul including different types of territory: favela communities in the outskirts of the city; regenerated central neighbourhood, rubbish recycling community and favela in city centre. Rio de Janeiro - Meeting with UNESCO, CUFA and Data Favela to explore avenues for collaboration
- Further capacity building, software training NVivo & MAXQDA. UFRGS
- Field Visit organised by partner Cufa, including favelas in the north of the city Complexo da Maré and Complexo do Alemão
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/psychologylse/2016/10/12/reflections-on-a-research-field-trip-to-brazil/
 
Description Further capacity building, software training, MAXQDA. Carlos Chagas Foundation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 35 research professionals, postgraduate students and academics attended this capacity building workshop. It consisted of an introduction to qualitative research software in general and MAXQDA in particular, going over is main functions. It generated substantive discussion regarding methodological choices for qualitative studies. I have kept the conversation with FCC and Brazilian participants, as well as research software developers in Europe.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.fcc.org.br/fcc/cursos-fcc/analise-software-maxqda
 
Description HABITAT III 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This was a one day event at HABITAT III under the auspices of UNESCO-ICCAR addressing sustainable urban development: 'Sharing good practices in promoting urban inclusion and non-discrimination'. We participated presenting our research in the panel on "Inclusive Urban Development: what works?", which included the Mayors of Birmingham, Alabama, US and Nouakchott, Mauritania as well as the Chief Officer for Cultural Diversity and Race Relations of the City of Saskatoon, Cananda.
Sandra Jovchelovitch acted as a panel member.
The panel connected to SDG 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, and Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. Central to the aims of the panel were to discuss ways to strengthen global commitment to sustainable urbanisation with emphasis on how cities can embrace their diverse populations.
Full details of the event can be found at http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/SHS/pdf/programme_habitat3_iccar_panel.pdf
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/SHS/pdf/programme_habitat3_iccar_panel.pdf
 
Description International Expert Meeting on the Conservation and Revitalization of the Kasbah of Algiers, a World Heritage property 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Organised by UNESCO under the auspices of the Japanese Government, the event sought to discuss the conservation and management of the Kasbah, informed by a number of international case studies including the cities of Havana, Barcelona, Jerusalem, Istanbul and Rio de Janeiro. We joined the conversation from the perspective of social and cultural psychology and presented our research on underground sociabilities, porosity of city borders and bottom-up social development in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/blog/2018/urban-regeneration-through-community-participatio...
 
Description International Seminar - Youth and social innovation: a dialogue about bottom-up social development 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Organised under the auspices of UNESCO, this international seminar brought together multiple voices to discuss lesson,s dilemmas and challenges around experiences of bottom-up social development vis-a-vis public policy at a national level in Mexico. The seminar focused on youth, exploring in particular how they generate civic commitment, community cohesion and social innovation.
We launched the Spanish translation of our toolkit, and discussed the possibilities to contribute to the formulation of public policy that takes into account the voices and experiences of community-based organisations working on social development.
This dialogue was based on the collaboration between our project and UNESCO Brasilia office, and built up on the international seminar 'The periphery as an urban cultural heritage', (Mexico City, August 2016).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2017/05/13/capital/027n1cap
 
Description Intersectoriality for social inclusion: the experience of inserting more than 22 thousand children in school. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact This activity involved a presentation and discussion with members of Aprendiz, a Brazilian NGO working with education, poverty and urban exclusion in Brazil. They spoke about the achievements and challenges of Aluno Presente (Present Student), a three year programme for the identification and enrollment of out of school children in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://pt-br.facebook.com/LSELACC/photos/a.349000342151043.1073741828.346778339039910/4145449822632...
 
Description Interview for international news 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An interview with Brazilian newspaper 'O Globo'. 'O Globo' is the flagship newspaper of the largest media group in LatAm, Globo Network. It is the leading quality daily newspaper in Rio de Janeiro, with the highest national circulation on Sundays. It is the second Brazilian newspaper in overall circulation (average paid circulation in 2017 was 241.16).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://oglobo.globo.com/sociedade/encontro-debate-impacto-da-violencia-na-formacao-de-estudantes-21...
 
Description Keynote talk at Education 360, Brazil 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Prof Sandra Jovchelovitch was a key note speaker at Educacao 360, a major international event on education, organised by Brazilian Media Organisation, GLOBO. The aim of the meeting is to bring together experts, policy-makers, international organisations, government and the media to discuss the challanges of education in Latin America, identify key problems, points of view and transformative solutions. This event is attended by school communities, including pupils, teachers and headteachers as well as educationalists, academics, NGOs and policy-makers. More than 500 people attended the event. Professor Jovchelovitch's talk on education, violence had a strong impact on the Brazilian media. She was invited to the meeting and the funding for her trip accompanied by a research assistant were met by the organisers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://eventos.oglobo.globo.com/educacao-360/2017
 
Description Participation in Expert Research Event 'The periphery as urban cultural heritage' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Participation in Expert Research Event 'The periphery as urban cultural heritage', funded by UNESCO Mexico and the Government of Mexico City. This was a three-day expert forum to develop collaborative projects regarding education, culture and science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.unesco.org/new/es/mexico/press/news-and-articles/content/news/la_unesco_en_mexico_la_secr...
 
Description Participation in UN-Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador. Toolkit Launch. 'Bottom-up Social Development in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro: a practical toolkit' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In October 2016, we participated in UN-Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador with two further activities:

a) Toolkit Launch. 'Bottom-up Social Development in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro: a practical toolkit'. After UNESCO-ICCAR panel.

b) Meeting with UNESCO: we secured a partnership with UNESCO Brazil to work with us with the aim of establishing a research protocol for the investigation of porosity of city borders and resilience. This research protocol will be first implemented and tested (proof of concept) in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo and then rolled out by UNESCO in other cities of the global South. We are working together to obtain funds for this project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.unesco.org/new/en/member-states/single-view/news/un_habitat_iii_participants_will_learn_a...
 
Description Post-Quito Conversation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This was an interdisciplinary conversation aiming to reflect on the challanges and experiences of HABITAT III as well as to discuss the next steps of the new urban agenda.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.lse.ac.uk/geographyAndEnvironment/Events
 
Description Preparing launch of toolkit at HABITAT 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact From September to October 2016, we worked on preparing launch of toolkit at HABITAT; liaising with UNESCO and preparing participation in UNESCO-ICCAR panel on sustainable urban development. We also worked on systematic review of literature; supervising research officers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Publication launch - Youth and social innovation: A dialogue about bottom-up social development 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact This event, organised by UNESCO Brasilia Office in collaboration with UNESCO in Mexico, launched the translation of our publication in Spanish. Our 'how to do' guide was presented to the local population and interested stakeholders, including NGOs, practitioners at the sharp end of interventions, students and community-based organisations. Further, the event brought together third-sector organisations from different Latin American countries with whom our research findings were discussed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.facebook.com/events/807325472755674/
 
Description Research dialogue meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact February 2017. Research meeting with SP partners, Carlos Chagas Foundation, to discuss future avenues for collaboration in view of the research proposal we have developed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Research meeting with Brazilian Partners 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 11 Brazilian partners including three professors, two lecturers and six postgraduate students, came to London for a research-intensive meeting with the London team (LSE Department of Social Psychology and Geography) from 6 to 10 February 2015. Key activities included the discussion of design, methods and fieldwork for a future research project, as well as avenues for funding-seeking.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Research proposal (deliverable) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact October 2016. Research proposal submitted to the 'Resilience Research' Funding call by the LSE-Rockefeller Foundation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Small research meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The meeting "Exploring the Imagination-(Im)Mobility Nexus: from Imaginaries to Imagining on the Move", tookl place on the 18-19 May 2018, in Neuchatel, Switzerland. It was organised by the Swiss Science Foundation and brought together academics, postgraduate students and NGOs to explore the links betwee mobility and the imagination in the contemporary city. Professor Sandra Jovchelovitch gave a paper entitled "Imagining the City: porosity of borders and human development in divided urban environments".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://nccr-onthemove.ch/events/interdisciplinary-workshop-exploring-the-imagination-immobility-nex...
 
Description The Good City 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Between 18 and 20 April 2018 Urban Transformations hosted a major event, 'The Good City: Urban Transformations, Comparison and Value', bringing together a broad range of leading urbanists to explore some of the key challenges facing cities today, with a particular focus on health, shelter, technology, migration and cohesion, among other issues. Professor S Jovchelovitvch gave a paper entitled "Porosity of borders in divided urban environments: a psychosocial approach".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/news/2018/videos-of-the-good-city-conference-now-available...
 
Description VIIth Latin American and Caribbean Conference on Social Sciences (Colombia) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was a talk to present my work (e.g. Jovchelovitch & Priego-Hernandez, 2013) to a diverse Latin American audience. Attendees reported interest (asked for my contact details, related publications, etc.) and a change of views in the way favela communities are perceived. It further strengthened my research team's tights with UNESCO, who funded the trip and organised the roundtable discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.clacso.org.ar/conferencia2015/
 
Description Visit to the field 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact February 2017. Visit to the field in Brazil. Main activities:
- Research meeting with Rio de Janeiro partners, academics and activists
- Meeting with UNESCO to explore next events to disseminate Toolkit further in Latin America.
- Interview with Roberto Sá, Secretary of Public Security of Rio de Janeiro State.
- Research Interviews with key actors in Rio de Janeiro including Globo Network, academia, favela dwellers and activists
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Work on systematic review 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact October-March 2017
• Work on systematic literature review: revising methodology and write-up
• 2 MSc students piloting research design in London and Caracas
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017