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A critical perspective on social ecology and urban crises: learning about, with and from urban social movements in Rio de Janeiro

SupervisorsDr Sara Gonzalez, Prof Paul Chatterton

Why did you decide to study for a PhD, and why Leeds?

I had the chance to do an Erasmus placement at the University of Leeds while finishing my Master in Italy. When I was at Leeds I discovered the School of Geography: the research topics tackled by the Cities & Social Justice cluster quickly drew my attention and I was fascinated by the inclusive and participatory methodologies used, something that I never encountered before. When I went back home to finish my Masters I realized that coming back to Leeds for a PhD was the right next step for me. 

What is your experience of PhD study in the School and what skills have you learnt?

The campus is amazing; we have all the facilities that we need as students: high tech classrooms, libraries, the student union, the gym…  The whole University offers countless spaces for studying and concentrating on my research, plus the personal office in the School. I had many opportunities to share my ideas, joy, fears and projects with my fellow PhD students. I had the privilege to have as supervisors Sara Gonzalez and Paul Chatterton that support me academically and personally in this l PhD research.

What are your career aspirations?

My goal is to be able to work in a University: continuing my research and being an inspiring teacher. I hope to bring the knowledge that I learned during my researchers to the broad public, outside the walls of the University, with the aim to help a social change for a more equitable and sustainable society.

More generally, what would you say to someone else who may be considering studying a PhD in the School of Geography?

My suggestion is to take advantage of all the initiatives organized by the School: you will have the chance to meet researchers from all over the world and hear incredible eye-opening experiences and reports. Be open to new encounters and changes in your research: researching is a process!