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Dr Mara Nogueira

Lecturer in Urban Geography

  • BSc Economics (Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil)
  • MSc Economics (Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil)
  • PhD Human Geography and Urban Studies (LSE)


  • Mara is a Lecturer in Urban Geography and Director of the MA/MSc Cities Programme. She works on the cross-class politics of urban space production, with an emphasis on the (re)production of socio-spatial inequality in urban Brazil.
  • She joined Birkbeck in 2020, having held a fellowship previously at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Research interests

  • My current research looks at the relationships between the popular economy and urban space. I am interested in the multiscalar geographies and socio-political repercussions of the labour crisis. My work focuses on the encounters between the urban poor, the middle-classes and the state, exploring how those encounters shape urban space, policy making and social class.
  • I am also a Co-Investigator in the project ‘Engineering food: infrastructure exclusion and ‘last mile’ delivery in Brazilian favelas’ funded by the British Academy. The project is a partnership between the LSE, Birkbeck and INSPER (Brazil).


  • I teach in the following modules:
    • Cities in the Global South (Master's Level)
    • Understanding the City (Master's Level)


  • Journal articles
    • Jovchelovitch, S.; Priego-Hernández, J.; Dedios-Sanguinetti, M.; Nogueira, M. “Imagination and Mobility in the City: porosity of borders and human development in divided urban environments.” Culture and Psychology, 2020
    • Nogueira, M. “Preserving the (right kind of) city: the urban politics of the middle-classes in Belo Horizonte, Brazil”, Urban Studies, 2019.
    • Nogueira, M. “Displacing Informality: Rights and Legitimacy in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 43: 517-534, 2019.
    • Cavalcante, A., Crocco, M.; Santos, F.; Nogueira, M. “Financialization and Space: Theoretical and Empirical Contributions.” Revista Brasileira de Estudos Urbanos e Regionais, v. 20, n. 2, p. 193, 2018.
    • Nogueira, M. “The role of the state in the reproduction of informality: the case of Belo Horizonte, Brazil”, Annals: ANPUR’s Nacional Meeting, 2017.
    • Nogueira, M.; Crocco, M.; Figueiredo, A. T. L.; Diniz, G. “Financial hierarchy and banking strategies: a regional analysis for the Brazilian case.” Cambridge Journal of Economics, v. 38, p. 1-18, 2015.
    • Crocco, M.; Santos, F.; Cavalcante, A.; Nogueira, M., “An Empirical Assessment of Spatial Financialisation in Brazil.” Regions, v. 295, p. 19-22, 2013.
    • Crocco, M.; Santos, F.; Nogueira, M. “Macroeconomic policies and regional dynamics in Brazil.” Regions, v. 289, p. 19-22, 2013.
    • Nogueira, M., Crocco, M., Figueiredo, A. T., “Estratégias Bancárias Diferenciadas no Território: o Caso de Minas Gerais.” [Differentiated management of banking assets in the territory: the case of Minas Gerais] Análise Econômica (UFRGS), v.28, p.281 - 311, 2011.
    • Crocco, M., Nogueira, M., Andrade, C. M. C., Diniz, G. F. C. “O Estudo do GAP Regional de Crédito e seus Determinantes, sob uma Ótica Pós-Keynesiana.” [The study of the Regional gap of Credit and its Determinants, under a Post-Keynesian Optics] Revista ANPEC, v.12, p.281 - 307, 2011.
    • Crocco, M., Esteves, A. P., Nogueira, M., Andrade, C. M. C. “Gestão de Ativo Bancário Diferenciada no Território, Reflexos sobre o Sistema Nacional de Inovação: Um estudo para os estados e municípios da Região Nordeste.” [Differentiated management of banking assets in the territory, Repercussions on the National System of Innovation: a study for the states and municipalities of the Northeast region.] Revista Econômica do Nordeste, v. 40, p. 751-768, 2009.
  • Book chapters
    • Cavalcante, A., M., Crocco, Nogueira, M., “Incerteza, preferência pela liquidez e moeda: contribuições para a economia regional.” [Uncertainty, liquidity preference and money: contributions to regional economics] In: Moeda e Sistema Financeiro: Ensaios em Homenagem a Fernando Cardim de Carvalho. Publisher: Ed. UFSM, pp.125-153, 2019.
    • Nogueira, M., Crocco, M., Santos, F. “Sistema Financeiro e Atuação dos Bancos Públicos no Desenvolvimento Regional no Brasil.” [Financial System and the Performance of Public Banks in Regional Development in Brazil] In: Bancos Públicos e Desenvolvimento. 1 ed. Rio de Janeiro: IPEA, v.1, p. 151-178, 2011.
  • Other publications
    • Nogueira, M. “From June 2013 to Bolsonaro: a rebellion against the Brazilian state.” A-id: Agenda for International Development. December 1, 2018.

Contact details


Phone: 0203 073 8450