2018 Harvard-Brazil Cities Research Grant Program

Objective

The purpose of the Harvard-Brazil Cities Research Grant is to spark faculty-led research initiatives and support graduate student research on some of the key urban challenges faced in Brazil. The Program supports research from various disciplinary perspectives on a range of topics including, but not limited to, urban architecture, design, and infrastructure; education, economics, health, and sanitation; governance, public policy, and planning; and housing, transportation, and public security.

Elegibility

  • Masters and Ph.D. students in any Harvard Department or School
  • Full-time Lecturer, Assistant, Associate or Full Professors in any Harvard Department or School
  • Previous awardees from this fund are welcome to apply again

Grant Amount

The maximum award is normally up to $10,000 for faculty and $5,000 for graduate students and must be used by August 31, 2019.

 

Application Process

Applications must be submitted to the Centralized Application for Research and Travel (CARAT) and should include:

  • Project Proposal (approximately 1,000 words);
  • Detailed Budget (reflecting other sources of funding, if any);
  • Curriculum Vitae, including CVs of collaborators if/as appropriate.

Budget

Acceptable costs:

  • Travel-related expenses to conduct research in the field, including airfare, lodging, meals, transportation in Brazil, visa fees, and vaccines;
  • Research materials, including data, images, software to which the awardee does not have free access, monthly fees for electronic devices required for data collection, hardware and cellular phones when necessary for data collection (with adequate justification);
  • Stipends and fees for research-related support services such as translation and interpretation services, etc.

Unacceptable costs:

  • Unfortunately, awards may not be used for salary support or student tuition.

Timeline

Application Deadline: April 2nd, 2018
Award Announcement: April 20th, 2018

 

For more information contact Tiago Genoveze, Program Coordinator at tiago_genoveze@harvard.edu.


Successful Awards in Previous Years:

Cities Research Fund 2016

• "The Politics of Inequality in the Spatial Allocation of Urban Public Goods and Services in Brazil" - Alice Xu, PhD Candidate Department of Government, GSAS;
• "Urbanization and Energy Infrastructure in the Brazilian Amazon: impacts of hydropower development in cities of the Jari River Basin" - Andreas Georgoulias, Lecturer in Architecture and Senior Research Associate, GSD;
• "Project on Brasilia Summer Workshop" - Charles Waldheim, John E. Irving Professor of Landscape Architecture, GSD;
• "Government Support Structures for Collective Housing in Brazi
l" - David Solomon, Master of Architecture Candidate, GSD;
• "Collective Housing: Domesticity and the Shaping of the Brazilian Metropolis" - Felipe Correa, Associate Professor of Urban Design, GSD;
• "Consequences of Urban Crime in Brazil" - Horacio Larreguy, Assistant Professor, Department of Government, GSAS;
• "Does Education Help Poor Cities Catch Up? Evidence from Brazil" - Juan Pablo Chauvin, PhD Candidate in Public Policy, Department of Economics, GSAS;
• "Probing Policy Feedback: Teacher Attitudes Toward Merit Pay in Brazil" - Leslie Finger, PhD Candidate, Department of Government, GSAS;
• "Urbanization at the Amazon: Subverting Spatial Impositions" - Marysol Brito & Ana Moratilla, Master of Architecture Candidates, GSD;
• "Visions of Development: interactions between Brazilian modernist literature and architecture" - Rodrigo del Río, PhD Candidate, Department of Romance Languages and Literature, GSAS;
• "Air Quality Diagnostics by Drone-Based Sensor Networks: The Next Horizon for Better Lives in Smart Cities" - Scot Martin, Gordon McKay Professor of Environmental Chemistry, SEAS.

Cities Research Fund 2017

• "Rehabilitation of Public Spaces for Violence Alleviation" - Diane E. Davis and Mariana Pereira Guimaraes, Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism, and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design; Joint Degree in Urban Planning and Public Health, GSD;
• "Pathways towards Child Friendly "Hoods": advancing processes of implementation of child friendliness in neighborhoods" - Carolina San Miguel, PhD candidate, GSD;
• "Place-Based Impact Variation of a School-Based Socioemotional Learning Intervention in Rio de Janeiro" - Emily Hanno, Ph.D. candidate, GSAS;
• "The Material Agency of Concrete: Tropical Modernism’s Climatic Intelligence in Brazilian Cities" - Gina Ciancone & Vladimir Gintoff, Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Planning; Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Planning, GSD;
• "Transportation Costs and Firm Performance: Evidence from Brazil" - Jasmina Chauvin, Doctoral candidate, HBS;
• "Brazilian Urban Criminal Networks" - Jessie Bullock, PhD candidate, GSAS;
• "Brazilian Local Economies and the Elasticity of Female Labor" - Juan Pablo Chauvin, PhD candidate, GSAS;
• "Quantity or Quality? The Political Economy of Educational Quality in Brazil" - Julia Smith Coyoli, PhD candidate, GSAS;
• "Understanding criminal governance in São Paulo" - Kaitlyn Chriswell, PhD Candidate, GSAS;
• "Green vs Gentrification: Exploring the public’s access to green space and its association with gentrification in Brazilian cities" - Longfeng Wu, Doctoral Candidate, GSD;
• "Maternal and infant health in Southern Brazilian cities: a cohort study" - S V Subramanian, Professor of Population Health and Geography, HSPH;
• "The Port and the City: The Impact of Post Panamax Ships on Brazilian Port Cities" - Theodore Kofman, Masters in Architecture and Urban Design candidate, GSD;

Cities Research Fund 2018

  • “Segregation, Spatial Spillovers, and the Mobilization of the Urban Poor in Brazil” – Alice Xu, PhD candidate in Political Science, GSAS;
  • “Integrating the Informal: Productive Networks of Informal Occupation in Abandoned Spaces of Downtown São Paulo” – Cynthia Deng & Mariana Guimarães, Master of Architecture candidate; Joint-Degree Master of Urban Planning and Master of Public Health candidate, GSD and HSPH;
  • “The Construction Camp in Brazil's Ideal Cities” – David Solomon, Master in Architecture candidate, GSD;
  • “BEACHFRONT VIEW: The effects of tourism on open public space degradation along coastal cities in the southeast of Brazil” – Eduardo Colunga & Olivia Pastor, Master of Architecture in Urban Design candidates, GSD;
  • “The Symbolic City: Brazilian Cemeteries and the Formation of Collective Memory” – Gustavo Casalduc, Kenneth Hasegawa, & Kaoru Lovett, Master of Architecture candidates, GSD;
  • “Subversion of justice: Evidence from Brazil” – Henrik Sigstad, PhD candidate in Economics, GSAS;
  • “The Commodification of Silence: Intersections between Brazilian Cinema, Literature, and Urban Experience” – Isaac Magana C Canton, PhD candidate in Romance Languages and Literatures, GSAS;
  • “Fortress São Paulo: An Atlas of Division” – John Crowley, Master of Architecture in Urban Design, GSD;
  • “Understanding the Planning Processes of Self-Managed Housing Cooperatives: Repurposing Abandoned Structures into Affordable Housing in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo´s City Centers” – Mariah Barber, Master of Urban Planning candidate, GSD.