Activist Co-production for the Right to Occupy, Hold Ground, and Upgrade

Ana Paula Pimentel Walker, María Arquero de Alarcón, Abigail Friendly, Benedito Roberto Barbosa, Marilene Ribeiro de Souza, Sheila Cristiane Santos Nobre

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This article theorises a multi-year participatory action research engagement focusing on young land occupations and consolidated favelas in São Paulo’s south periphery, providing an arsenal of tools for activist-scholars. Building on Paulo Freire's legacy, we call on academia to embrace activist co-production, learn from and support informal dwellers’ everyday urbanisms, and join social movements’ struggles for social transformation. We advance three modalities of action: awareness raising through emancipatory education and capacity building; articulatção through knowledge exchange between young and consolidated informal communities; and advocacy through policy reform for the right to occupy, hold ground, and upgrade.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages32
JournalPlanning Theory
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 31 Jan 2024


  • activist-scholar co-production
  • just city
  • participatory action research
  • social movements
  • testimony


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