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Lunchtime Seminar: Professor Wilker Nóbrega - Urban Development, Rising Crime and Violence in Brazil: An Analysis of the Tourist Cities of Belém and Natal in the Amazon and Northeast Regions

CSRI Lunchtime Seminar: Professor Wilker Nóbrega - Urban Development, Rising Crime and Violence in Brazil: An Analysis of the Tourist Cities of Belém and Natal in the Amazon and Northeast Regions

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Professor Wilker Nóbrega is a Visiting Fellow from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. He conducts research in the field of cultural tourism in conservation units in the Atlantic Forest and the Brazilian Amazon biomes, funded by the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development. Recent studies include Governance and Development in Tourist Poles in the state of Rio Grande do Norte; Tourism Planning and Management: the Role of Public Forums in the Development Process in the Seridó Region; and Tourism and Governance in Conservation Units: Conflicts, Models and Development Strategies.

Professor Nóbrega will present insights from his latest study ‘Urban Development, Rising Crime and Violence in Brazil’, which aims to explore the relationship between perceptions of fear and violence in Brazilian cities and the leisure and tourism phenomena. The UK has been a leading proponent of neoliberal urban governance models based on public-private partnerships (PPPS) and the reconfiguration of public spaces into leisure areas. This has involved emphasizing securitization and the creation of Monitored Enclaves of Tourist Interest (METI) within public spaces to encourage tourism, leisure and commerce and the guiding principles of this new model of governance which have been adopted by Latin American countries, including Brazil. Over the last 10 years, Brazilian cities have undergone similar transformations to those observed in the United Kingdom between the late 1970s and early 1980s. These transformations, which have altered leisure and tourism dynamics, have occurred over a period of rapid social and economic change, including increased inequality, social polarization, crime and perceptions of fear.

When: 12-1pm, 11th December 2018 

Where: Meeting Room 2.13, Crime & Security Research Institute, Level 2, Friary House, Greyfriars Road, Cardiff

Refreshments will be provided.

This event is open to Cardiff University staff and students, to reserve your place please complete the registration form below

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