Los Angeles, CA, USA
Fernanda Jahn-Verri an architect and urbanism and a doctoral candidate in the Department of Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests center on housing precarity, displacement, financialization, poor people’s movements, informality, and postcolonial theory. Her current work is based on Brazil, and explores the role of the judiciary in practices of dispossession in the country. She has a forthcoming chapter on processes of insurgent citizenship in Brazil, co-authored with Carolyn Prouse, in Urban Studies Inside Out edited by Helga Leitner, Jamie Peck, and Eric Sheppard. Prior to UCLA, she completed her MA in urban and regional planning at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil, where she researched the institutionalization of housing and planning agencies and their contribution to the development and application of urban policies at a local level. She is originally from Porto Alegre (known for its participatory planning tradition and past of progressive housing programs), a city that she misses.