Research Center

Catalytic Communities supports researchers committed to deepening understanding and knowledge on favelas in constructive ways that support their inclusive development. We do this both by taking on independent researchers as interns, who carry out research projects under the guise of CatComm with access to our networks and direction, and by offering strategic and logistical support to institutional researchers–MA, doctoral students, or academics looking for a critical perspective, ideas about productive lines for research, contacts, and more.

Brazilian Popular Architecture

Vernacular and indigenous architecture, building solutions that can be found in the favelas as well as elements from modern and contemporary urban [...]

Educational Community Visits

Since 2004 Catalytic Communities has worked with visiting university departments, graduate researchers, journalists, conference goers, and volunteer groups to provide [...]

Favela News Digest Archives

Our monthly Rio News Digest compiles, in one place, the latest news and opinion on Rio’s favelas from our community news site RioOnWatch, as well as what broader news [...]
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