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Ricardo Cardoso

Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow of Social and Cultural Analysis

Office Address: 

20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10003



Areas of Research/Interest: 

global urbanism, urban theory, oil studies, international development, city and regional planning, African and Latin American studies.


Ricardo Cardoso is a Faculty Fellow in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. He earned his doctorate in city and regional planning from the University of California Berkeley and he holds a master’s degree in urban development planning from University College London and a civil engineering degree from the University of Porto. Ricardo works on the politics of development and change in African cities with a focus on urban and planning theory. He also does research on the Portuguese planning system and he is interested in the fields of transnational urbanism and globalization studies. In his dissertation, “The Crude Urban Revolution: Land Markets, Planning Forms and the Making of a New Luanda”, an in-depth study of two decades of social, spatial, and institutional change in the capital city of Angola, Ricardo examines critical intersections between development trajectories, petroleum extraction, and urbanization on the African continent. At NYU, he is embarking on a new project focusing on Brazilian modes of city-making in contemporary Angola. Shifting the vantage point of his research to look at Luanda from Brazil, Ricardo is now studying the processes by which forms of urbanism have been traveling across the Southern Atlantic.

Updated on 09/29/2016