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Dr. James Freeman

Affiliate Assistant Professor, Geography, Planning and Environment

Dr. James Freeman
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2050

Dr. Freeman received his BA in Development Studies, his MA in Geography and his PhD in Geography at the University of California at Berkeley. He began teaching in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment in 2003. In 2009 he was a visiting researcher at the Institute of Urban and Regional Planning and Research (IPPUR) at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). Dr. Freeman teaches a broad range of human geography, urban geography and urban planning courses. His teaching and research center around the social, cultural and economic geography of the Latin American city; citizenship, popular culture and public space; social theory.

Research interests

Mega-events and favela policy in Rio de Janeiro.
The politics of popular culture and public space in Rio de Janeiro
Popular geography and symbolic discontent in the Latin American City

Teaching activities

Selected publications

  1. Freeman, James & Marcos Burgos. 2016. Accumulation by Forced Removal: The Thinning of Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas in Preparation for the Games. Journal Of Latin American Studies, 1-29.
  2. Freeman, James. 2014. Raising the Flag over Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas: Citizenship and Social Control in the Olympic City. Journal of Latin American Geography. 14(1).
  3. Freeman, James. 2012. Neoliberal accumulation strategies and the visible hand of police pacification in Rio de Janeiro. Revista de Estudos Universitários 38 (1):95-126.
  4. Freeman, James. 2010. From the Little Tree, Half a Block Toward the Lake: Popular Geography and Symbolic Discontent in Post-Sandinista Managua. Antipode 42 (2): 336-373.
  5. Freeman, James. 2008. Great, Good and Divided: the politics of public space in Rio de Janeiro. Journal of Urban Affairs 30 (5):529-556.

Participation activities

Selected conference presentations

  1. Utopia on a Shoestring: The Making and Unmaking of Revolutionary Managua, Living Cities of the Second World Conference, St. Petersburg, Russia, 27 February to 2 March 2015.
  2. Mega-event led capital accumulation and the strategic thinning of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas, Second International Mega-Events and the City Conference, Rio de Janeiro, April 2014.
  3. À qui profite la pacification?
 La colonisation des favelas de Rio de Janeiro faite par l’État et le capital privé, Les Midis Brésil Brunché, Centre d’études sur le Brésil, UQAM, Jan 2014.
  4. Raising the flag over Rio de Janeiro’s favelas: Citizenship and Social Control in the Olympic city. Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), Los Angeles, April 2013.

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