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the Future of Cities Rethinking the urban to face future challenges
Rafael is a DPhil candidate in Geography and the Environment and a Postgraduate Associate at the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities. Rafael’s research is positioned at the intersection of urban and regional development, population studies and transport policies, with particular attention to transport inequalities.
The main focus of Rafael’s doctoral research is to engage in more theoretically informed understandings of justice and equity that can guide policy-oriented research on distributive aspects of transport investments, service delivery and social exclusion. He is analyzing how accessibility improvements resulting from major transport investments are distributed across different social groups, with particular attention to the transport investments being made in the city of Rio de Janeiro in the context of mega-events.
Rafael holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Brasilia (UnB) and a Master’s in Demography from the University of Campinas (Nepo – Unicamp), both in Brazil. Since 2008, Rafael has been working as a researcher at the Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea), Brazil, focusing on policy-oriented research in the fields of urban and regional development, transport policies and demography. Rafael joined the Transport Studies Unit (TSU) in October 2013.