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Jessica Glass

Mega Events & Thriving Cities
Co-Chair

Jessica Glass has been researching the impacts of mega-events on cities in Rio de Janeiro since 2013.

She initially traveled to Brazil to investigate changes occurring in the city due to upcoming mega-events, and how they were impacting local citizens. Through the years, she has come to understand the urgent nature of housing removals, which is the focus of her doctoral research.

She has been interviewed for the BBC radio program “Thinking Allowed,” and presented several papers on this research at conferences and symposia worldwide with topics specific to Brazil, including the impacts of mega-events on cities, ramifications of structural violence, and the criminalization of race and poverty.