Institute at Brown for Environment and SocietyIBES

Benjamin Bradlow

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Benjamin Bradlow is writing a dissertation that compares the politics of urban public goods distribution in São Paulo and Johannesburg after transitions to democracy.  He's focusing on three types of public goods: housing, public transportation and sanitation. This work aims to explain how local governments and varied social actors, including semi-private water companies, private real estate developers, and housing social movements, interact to produce and distribute these public goods. The relationship between urban space, natural resources, and social contestation is central to Bradlow's analysis.  He relies on original fieldwork in both cities, which includes 240 semi-structured interviews and hundreds of archival documents.

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