Public engagement

February 10, 2021: “Urban Power: Democracy and Inequality in São Paulo and Johannesburg”
David Rockefeller Center For Latin American Studies, Harvard University
Co-Sponsored by the Center For African Studies and Weatherhead Center For International Affairs
April 9, 2019: “Governing Cities: The Building Blocks of Democracy”
Research Matters!“, Brown University


“How Brazil Can Prevent an Authoritarian Resurgence.” with Mohammad Ali Kadivar. Foreign Affairs. [link]

“The party question: politics in South Africa’s urban informal settlements.” Africa Is A Country. [link]

“Letter: South Africa’s leaders should learn from Tutu’s Apartheid Struggle.” Financial Times. [link]

“How Johannesburg’s Suburban Elites Maintain Apartheid Inequities.” The Conversation [link]

“Why funding America’s local governments could have a global impact.” Atlantic Council [link]

“Brazilians firmly rejected many local candidates their president had backed.” The Monkey Cage (Washington Post) [link]

“Subsidies for South Africa’s minibus taxis must prioritise needs of passengers – and cities.” The Conversation. With Herrie Schalekamp. [link]

“Why operational subsidies are key to reforming South Africa’s minibus taxi sector.” The Conversation. [link]

“One Way to Make the Green New Deal Actually Happen: a Super-Ministry.” CityLab (Bloomberg). [link]

“Bolsonaro’s anger won over working-class Brazilians, but his presidency may betray them.” 21 December. The Conversation. [link]

“Self-styled defender of the Paris agreement is facing blowback.” 6 December. Financial Times. [link]

“Trickle-Down Authoritarianism.” 5 November. Boston Review. [link]

“Letter: Evidence against Lula was inadequate.” 9 April. Financial Times. [link]

“South Africa’s ruling party recalled President Zuma. But the ANC faces 3 big challenges.” 14 February. The Monkey Cage (Washington Post). [link]

“‘Let them occupy!’ The struggle for housing in Brazil and South Africa.” 12 February. Africa Is A Country. [link]

“Somerville’s turn to ‘sewer socialism’” CommonWealth. [link]

“Letter: Public sector must protect communities.” Financial Times. [link]

“Letter: Danger of new localism driving urban inequality.” Financial Times. [link]

“The threat to South Africa’s Democracy Goes Deeper than State Capture”. The Conversation [link]

“Letter: Growth and equality can be promoted together”. Financial Times [link]

Media interviews

Quoted in Pilling, David. “Africa’s looming urban population explosion.” Financial Times. [link]

Podcast interview on Future Cities Africa [link]

Radio interview on PowerFM (South Africa)

Radio interview on PowerFM (Johannesburg, South Africa) [link]

Quoted in Logan, Tim. “Neighborhood group, developers close to agreement on 15-acre Union Square project.” The Boston Globe. [link]

Quoted in Scanlon, Jessie. “Success is killing San Francisco. Is Boston next?” The Boston Globe [link]

Radio interview on Radio Open Source (WBUR-Boston) [link]

Podcast interview on Aufhebunga Bunga: The Global Politics Podcast at the End of the End of History (UK/Brazil) [link]

TV interview on CGTN America (CCTV — China) [link]

Radio interview on PowerFM (Johannesburg, South Africa)

Radio interview on CapeTalk/Radio702 (Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa) [link]

Quoted in Adler, David. “Story of Cities #19: Johannesburg’s apartheid purge of vibrant Sophiatown”. The Guardian (UK) [link]