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Dr Rui Ramos

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Research overview

My research is post-structuralist driven and critically-infused, spanning the disciplines of Organisation Studies (OS), Science and Technology Studies (STS) and Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD). My PhD was based on a one-year long ethnographic account of informal urban street trade in Recife, Brazil which looked at the daily practices of both informal workers and governing officials responsible for the formalisation of street trade and inquired on the role that knowledges, materials and technologies play in the daily unfolding of development for these communities. More generally, my research is concerned with peripheric socio-material constructs, such as favelas (Brazilian slums), urban informality, street trade or urban piracy, and how technologies are appropriated in these contexts in relation to local ‘alternative’ forms of social, economic and cultural organising. This focus is further funnelled by an attention to the Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) South and a strong personal commitment in bringing higher visibility to its issues and empirical sites.

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