Dr Dana Brablec
RESEARCH THEME: RACE, DECOLONIALITY AND INTERSECTIONALITY
For the last 7 years, I have been working as an Affiliated Lecturer in Latin American Studies and Bye-Fellow in Sociology at the University of Cambridge, where I obtained a PhD in Sociology. At Cambridge, I taught MPhil courses on Indigenous studies and political corruption, as well as introductory BA courses in sociology and politics.
In parallel, since 2020, I have worked as a WISERD (Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data & Methods) Postdoctoral Researcher, examining the socio-political situation of socially excluded populations such as Roma, migrants, and refugees in the Czech Republic and the UK given the integration role of civil society organisations.
My main research focus, which inspires my current and new research projects on social entrepreneurship and urban gardens, is Indigenous urbanisation in Latin America. While not restricted to this context, I have mainly focused on the Mapuche case in Santiago de Chile. I am particularly interested in the different practices followed by the Mapuche in Chile to collectively re-construct their identity in cities after rural-to-urban migration and the post-colonial state's role in this process. I am currently leading the international project Urban Indigeneities: Being Indigenous in the 21st Century", which has evolved into a volume, currently under contract with Arizona University Press.