Dr Fernando Fernandes
Senior Lecturer in Inequalities
University of Dundee
Dr Fernando Fernandes is a Brazilian Geographer with an extensive experience on youth violence in Brazilian favelas. He worked for almost 10 years in Brazilian favelas where he was one of the directors of the NGO Observatório de Favelas. In Brazil he worked in partnership with a wide network involving local partners, the Brazilian government and international agencies such as Unicef, ILO and ICCO. Dr Fernandes was also lecturer in Human Geography at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, where he defended his PhD thesis about the effects of violence, social fear and stigma on socio-spatial segregation in Rio de Janeiro.
Currently Fernando is a Senior Lecturer in Inequalities at School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee. His research focuses on the role of socio-symbolic marginality on the reproduction of socio-spatial inequalities. He has been working is the correlation between socio-symbolic violence and its impacts on the urban experience of marginalised groups both in Brazil and Scotland. His research also looks at strategies marginalised groups develop to overcome the effects of stigma as a dimension of their lived experience particularly in relation to marginalised groups’ socio-symbolical condition in the urban environment.