Corps enseignant

Higor Carvalho

Higor Carvalho

Assistant / suppléant

+41 379 00 00

Higor Carvalho is a PhD candidate and teaching assistant at the University of Geneva. He is a Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship holder and works under the supervision of Prof. Armelle Choplin and Prof. Didier Péclard. He holds a Bachelor in Architecture and Urban Planning (University of Sao Paulo), a Master's in Geography (University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) and a Master's in Habitat (University of Sao Paulo).
For the last ten years, he has researched / worked in Brazil, France, Mexico, Reunion Island, Angola and China. In Brazil, he worked in governmental and parliamentary positions and, among others, was the Sao Paulo city hall first advisor of the Housing Secretariat, and was in charge of a 700,000-inhabitants city's Master Plan. He engages with social movements for the right to the city and has taken part in research projects for a diversity of bodies, including the United Nations and the United Cities and Local Governments, besides his own academic projects.


The production of urban space is the core of Higor's research. He is interested in analysing its forms and agents of production as well as its social, economical and environmental effects in a diversity of geographies, focused in -but not limited to- the Global South. The effects of broader political and economical shifts over the making of the built environment (i.e. neoliberalism, financialization...) call particularly his attention. His current PhD research analyses the influence of Brazilian and Chinese capitals in the urbanization of Sub Saharan Africa, taking Angola as a study case.


The political economy of urbanization; the production of space, its forms (capitalist, socialist and others) and contradictions (spatial segregation, inequalities, informalities); Spatial Justice; Financial Geography; Urban Development and Planning; Real estate; Housing policies and markets; Social Movements; Gender, Race and Diversity in the city.

Research projects


  • J2M285: Ville et Mondialisation dans les Suds
  • T206058: Géographie de la mondialisation
  • T406030: Etats, territoires et développement en Afrique
  • T406012: Public policies for spatial justice


Scientific Papers

Book Chapters

Papers presented in Conferences

  • CARVALHO, H.; CHOPLIN, A. (2022). Are financialization and gentrification also present in Africa? Paper for congress. International Geographic Union. Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, France.
  • CARVALHO, H. (2021). The production of space with Chinese characteristics. 5th Researching China Conference. University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil.
  • CARVALHO, H. (2019). Housing production in the circuits of real estate and financial capitals reproduction in Latin America and Europe: the cases of Brazil, Mexico and France. FinGeo First Global Conference of Financial Geography. Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China.
  • CARVALHO, H. (2014). Políticas de vivienda de interés social en la era de la acumulación financiera: un estudio comparado entre agentes y impactos en Brasil y México. XXXIII International Congress of LASA. San Juan, Porto Rico.
  • CARVALHO, H. (2014). Land Rights and the Place of Social Housing in the City: The Experience of Sao Paulo, Brazil. International Sociological Association. Yokohama, Japan.
  • CARVALHO, H., CALDEIRA, D. A. (2013). Housing under finance influence: the case of Sao Paulo, Brazil. International Sociological Association, RC43. University of Amsterdam, Centre of Urban Studies, The Netherlands.

Non-scientific papers

  • CARVALHO, H. (in press). Chicago. In: Staszak, J.F.; Pieroni, R. Villes enchantées – in press.
  • CARVALHO, H. (in press). La Montagne. In: Staszak, J.F.; Pieroni, R. Villes enchantées – in press.
  • HIRATA, M. S.; CARVALHO, H. (2015). Desigualdade globalizada: a situação da população de rua no Japão (parte 2). In: O Trecheiro, Ano XXII ed. Março 2015. Editora Paulus, Sao Paulo.
  • HIRATA, M. S.; CARVALHO, H. (2014). Desigualdade globalizada: a situação da população de rua no Japão (parte 1). In: O Trecheiro, Ano XXI, ed. Setembro-outubro 2014. Editora Paulus, Sao Paulo.

Events organization

  • 2022    Université de Genève. Genève, Switzerland. African Urban Futures. – an event organized by professors Choplin, Péclard and Perrazone. Member of the organizing committee.
  • 2019    Beijing Normal University. Beijing, China. FinGeo First Global Conference of Finance Geography. Chair of panel: Financing and Regional Development.
  • 2016    HABITAT III – United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, Quito – Equator. Organization, in partnership with the UN-Habitat team of the Networking Event “Place Matters: affordable social housing in the centre of cities”, with representatives of housing policies institutes from Mexico, Thailand, Burkina Faso and Nepal.
  • 2015    LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION. XXXIII LASA International Congress. San Juan, Puerto Rico. Chair of the Panel Session “Neoliberalismo y cambios en las políticas de vivienda, energía y abastos”.


Collaborateurs/trices de l'enseignement et de la recherche