Andreza de Souza Santos

Post-Doctoral Researcher


PhD in Social Anthropology, University of St Andrews

M.A. in Social Sciences, University of Freiburg, University of KwaZulu Natal and Jawaharlal Nehru University

B.A. in Political Science, University of Brasilia

Research interests

Andreza is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher in the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography at the University of Oxford. In the Urban Transformations team, she coordinates activities linking research projects focussing on Brazil, China, South Africa and India.

Her research interests include participatory politics, modernity, social memory, heritage, housing, and infrastructure in Brazil. With a central emphasis on the preservation of cityscapes, she has looked at both state-led and participatory approaches to preservation and how definitions of historic and aesthetic emerge amid speedy push for urban change.


In Oxford she teaches Ethnographic Methods and Latin American and Brazilian Studies. She has also taught Political Science at the University of Brasilia, and Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews.

Current projects

Cities in transition: unequal innovation in African cities

Research and metropolitan health in unequal cities

Building a UK – Brazil research partnership on migration

The good city: urban transformation, comparison and value

City futures and contemporary urban research

Andreza has also worked for the Brazilian and Indian governments, the United Nations, and for Brazilian local governments.

For more details on Andreza’s research and publications, please visit her COMPAS profile here.