UCL Urban Laboratory


Dr Rodrigo Firmino to investigate surveillance and security in cities

28 September 2015

We are pleased to announce that Dr Rodrigo José Firmino is to begin a 12-month position as UCL Urban Laboratory Honorary Senior Research Associate, following a research agenda titled "Connected Spaces, Controlled Movements: Technology, Surveillance, Security, and Cities"

Surveillance camera graffiti on road sign

Funded by the Brazilian government, Dr Firmino's research focuses on territorial implications and manifestations of surveillance and augmenting technologies in contemporary neo-liberal cities. He is also interested in discussing the redefinition of boundaries between private and public spaces by new sociotechnical assemblages supported by a chain of interconnected so-called 'smart technologies'. One of his current projects, funded by the Newton Fund (in a partnership between the ESRC and Brazilian Research Councils), about smart urbanism involves two Brazilian (PUCPR and UFBA) and two British (Durham and Plymouth) universities.

Dr Firmino is an Associate Professor in Urban Management at the Pontifical Catholic University (PUCPR) in Curitiba, Brazil, and a CNPq (Brazil's National Council for Scientific and Technological Development) Research Fellow. Since 2009, he has been chief editor of urbe, a Brazilian urban studies journal that publishes papers in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French. He is also a founding member of the Latin American Network of Surveillance, Technology and Society Studies and has been publishing articles and essays in major journals about surveillance & space, augmented technologies & cities, digital urbanisation, cyberculture, smart urbanism, among other themes.