Rui Carvalho

Graduate Student
A.M. Brown University
B.Sc. New University of Lisbon

Research Interests

Ethnoracial Diversity; International Migration; Mixed Methods Research; Race and Ethnicity; Social Theory; Urban Sociology.


My research interests lie in the intersection of international migration, race and ethnicity, and urban spaces. More specifically, my current scholarship looks at how immigration-driven ethnoracial diversity shapes social (especially intergroup) interactions and attitudes; and at how race and racism influence the outcomes, experiences and social networks of international migrants.

My ongoing dissertation project looks at how race and racism matter for understanding the outcomes and migration processes of international migrants. Specifically, it examines how: ethnoracial identities are transformed during migration processes; race and racism shape the incorporation outcomes and the transnational networks of migrants; and how all these processes are shaped by differences in meso-level factors and macro-level contexts of racial formation and migrant reception. I focus on one ethnoracially diverse migrant group in two comparable metropolitan areas: Brazilians in Boston (United States) and Lisbon (Portugal).

Beyond the dissertation, I am currently working on two papers looking at the aspects influencing trust in neighbors and the establishment of interethnic contacts in twelve ethnically diverse neighborhoods located in four European cities: Bilbao, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal; Thessaloniki, Greece; and Vienna, Austria.


Selected Publications:

Sampaio, Dora and Rui F. Carvalho (2017) “From the Al-Maghrib to the Al-Gharb: An anatomy of the recruitment and labour incorporation of Moroccan agricultural workers in the Algarve, Southern Portugal.” In: A. Corrado; C. de Castro and D. Perrotta (eds.) Migration and Agriculture: Mobility and Change in the Mediterranean Area. London: Routledge, pp. 231-246. 

Ferrão, João; Rui F. Carvalho; Alice Ramos; Olivia Bina and João Mourato (2014) Que Economia Queremos? Lisbon: Fundação Francisco Manuel dos Santos, 122 p.

Mourato, João and Rui F. Carvalho (2014) “Mobilidade urbana e cidades.” In: L. Schmidt and A. Delicado (eds.) Ambiente, Alterações Climáticas, Alimentação e Energia: A Opinião dos Portugueses. Lisbon: Imprensa de Ciências Sociais, pp. 249-268.

Malheiros, Jorge; Rui F. Carvalho and Luis Mendes (2013) “Gentrification, residential ethnicization and the social production of fragmented space: Theory and evidence from two multi-ethnic neighbourhoods, in Lisbon and Bilbao.” Finisterra – Revista Portuguesa de Geografia48 (96), pp. 109-135.

Santos, Catarina F.; Rui F. Carvalho and Francisco Andrade (2013) “Quantitative assessment of the differential vulnerability associated to oil spills.” Journal of Coastal Conservation, 17 (1), pp. 25-36.

Souto, Henrique; Nuno Gomes and Rui F. Carvalho (2012) “Development of a GIS for the ‘Celebration of Coastal Culture’.” Journal of Coastal Conservation, 16 (4), pp. 431-437.

Malheiros, Jorge; Rui F. Carvalho and Luis Mendes (2012) “Etnicização residencial e nobilitação urbana marginal: Processo de ajustamento ou prática emancipatória num bairro do centro histórico de Lisboa?” Sociologia, Revista da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto, special issue on Immigration, Diversity and Cultural Conviviality, pp. 97-128.

Fonseca, Maria L. (coord.); Jennifer McGarrigle (coord.); Alina Esteves; Dora Sampaio; Rui F. Carvalho; Jorge Malheiros and Luis Moreno (2012) Modes of Inter-Ethnic Coexistence in Three Neighbourhoods in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area: A Comparative Perspective. Lisbon: Colibri, 213 p.