Martijn Koster, Coordinator and Principal Investigator
Martijn Koster (1978) is an associate professor at the department of Anthropology and Development Studies at the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He has conducted ethnographic research in Brazil and the Netherlands. Martijn holds a degree in Development Sociology from Wageningen University (2009). In his approach, he combines urban anthropology and political anthropology. Martijn’s research interests include: participatory urban governance, political brokerage, citizenship, informal politics, urban planning and development. Currently, he coordinates this ERC funded project and conducts fieldwork in Recife, Brazil.
Flávio Eiró, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Flávio Eiró is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Radboud University (Nijmegen, Netherlands) at the Anthropology and Development Studies department. He holds a B.A. in Sociology (2009) and a M.Sc. in Sustainable Development (2012) from the University of Brasília. He also holds a M.Sc. (2012) and a Ph.D. (2017) in Sociology from the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS-Paris). His research interests include: clientelism, informal politics, citizenship, social assistance and poverty.
Janne Heederik, PhD Candidate (Project: Manchester, United Kingdom)
Janne Heederik (1993) is a PhD candidate at the department of Anthropology and Development studies at Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, the Netherlands. She has conducted ethnographic research with undocumented immigrants in Iowa City (United States). She graduated cum laude from University College Utrecht (2014), majoring in Anthropology and History, after which she graduated in the Research Master Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University (2016). Her research interests include: urban governance, immigration, citizenship and social mobilization, brokerage, and informal politics.
Adam James Moore, PhD Candidate (Project: Medellín, Colombia)
Adam James Moore (1990) is a PhD candidate at the department of Anthropology and Development Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He has conducted research with internally displaced persons in an informal settlement in Medellín, Colombia. Adam holds a master’s degree in International Development Studies from the University of Amsterdam (2016), graduating with ‘cum laude’. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics (2012). His research interests include: urban development, urban governance, informal politics and political agency.
Lieke van der Veer, PhD Candidate (Project: Rotterdam, the Netherlands)
Lieke van der Veer (1989) is a PhD candidate at the department of Anthropology and Development Studies at the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. She holds two master’s degrees from the University of Amsterdam, graduating with cum laude in Conflict Resolution and Governance (2014), and graduating in Philosophy afterwards (2016). Lieke also graduated with cum laude in her Philosophy bachelors (2013). As a research assistant at the University of Amsterdam, she participated in research projects on the materiality of borders, and non-deportable asylum seekers. Her research interests include: citizenship, democratization, care and control, residents’ mobilizations, migration politics, borders and boundaries and material semiotics.
Sven da Silva, PhD Candidate (Project: Recife, Brazil)
Sven da Silva (1990) is a PhD candidate at the department of Anthropology and Development studies at Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He graduated cum laude in International Development Studies at Wageningen University (2015). His specialization is in Sociology and Anthropology of Development and Change. He has conducted ethnographic research with community leaders in Recife (Brazil) during the FIFA Football Word Cup; a study for which he received the NALACS Thesis Award 2014-2015. He is interested in rethinking politics in ‘slums’ and the role of ‘slums’ in a broader political context.