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Center for Metropolitan Studies

Grant number: 98/14342-9
Support type:Research Grants - Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers - RIDC
Duration: October 01, 2000 - March 31, 2013
Field of knowledge:Interdisciplinary Subjects
Principal Investigator:Marta Teresa da Silva Arretche
Grantee:Marta Teresa da Silva Arretche
Home Institution: Centro Brasileiro de Análise e Planejamento (CEBRAP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Co-Principal Investigators:Antonio Sérgio Alfredo Guimarães ; Argelina Maria Cheibub Figueiredo ; Eduardo Cesar Leão Marques ; Elza Salvatori Berquó ; Haroldo da Gama Torres ; Ismail Norberto Xavier ; Nadya Araujo Guimarães ; Regina Maria Prosperi Meyer
Associated grant(s):09/16038-1 - The city as citizenship performance, AV.EXT
06/56422-7 - Peter P. Houtzager | Institute of Development Studies - Inglaterra, AV.EXT
Associated scholarship(s):08/55265-0 - The "criminal world" on the outskirts of São Paulo: interactions with the sociability and public policies, BP.PD
05/01771-4 - Analysis of the transformations on the metropolitan health services distribution, BP.TT
04/02457-9 - Socio-environmental vulnerability in the São Paulo metropolis: an analysis of the situations of spatial superposition of problems and social and environmental risks through indicators, BP.PD


The Centro de Estudos da Metrópole (Center for Metropolitan Studies) – CEM develops advanced studies on themes related to urban processes, with emphasis on the Brazilian context and in a dialogue with the world production in the area. Its central proposal is to investigate the reproduction mechanisms of social inequality in metropolitan environments. It is not the case of merely producing the mapping of these inequalities, but of carrying through an analytical effort in order to understand in depth the dynamics producing and reproducing them, so as to ascertain policies aimed at overcoming them. Researches taken to effect in the first years of the CEM revealed a paradox: even with a negative scenario in the economy and the labor market, an improvement has been observed in several social indicators concerning health, education, housing, and the ownership of durable goods, even in the more vulnerable metropolitan areas. Such improvement has been associated with the existence of multiple survival and social integration strategies, only in part affected by the properly economic dynamics of the 1990’s. From these findings, the present central working hypothesis was elaborated, based on the premise that the social reproduction in São Paulo, and in other similar places, results from the association between general processes inducing the maintenance or the growth of inequality, on one hand, and political and social mechanisms that lessen social vulnerability, on the other. The focuses of the CEM’s studies are as much the reproduction of the inequality as the production of social welfare. The researches developed by the CEM adopt an interdisciplinary approach, bringing together urbanists, sociologists, demographers, anthropologists, political scientists, and communicators. They also emphasize comparative analysis, involving metropolitan areas from different regions of Brazil and other countries. The main objects of study are the access to employment, social services, and social relations (associative movement, religion, and social networks). (AU)

Articles published in Agência FAPESP about the research grant
Study examines the role of social networks in overcoming poverty 
Study evaluates the Brazilian Federal system 
Articles published in Revista Pesquisa FAPESP about the project
A metropolitan area undergoes a real transformation 

Scientific publications
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
MARQUES, EDUARDO; SARAIVA, CAMILA. Urban integration or reconfigured inequalities? Analyzing housing precarity in Sao Paulo, Brazil. HABITAT INTERNATIONAL, v. 69, p. 18-26, NOV 2017. Web of Science Citations: 4.
NADYA ARAUJO GUIMARÃES. A procura de trabalho: uma boa janela para mirarmos as transformações recentes no mercado de trabalho?. Novos Estudos - CEBRAP, n. 93, p. 123-143, Jul. 2012.

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