Team Bios

Theresa Williamson, Ph.D. Founder & Executive Director Theresa Williamson is a city planner and founding executive director of Catalytic Communities. Theresa is [...]

Phase III: 2016-

Since 2016, we at CatComm have been building on RioOnWatch’s momentum, launching a new editorial line focused on realizing the potential of favelas as sustainable [...]

Phase II: 2008-2016

From 2008-2010, we carefully transitioned to CatComm’s second of four planned phases. We did this by researching, partnering, supporting, and transferring the [...]

Phase I: 2000-2008

Catalytic Communities was founded in 2000 in recognition of the abundance of community solutions across Rio’s favelas and with a mission to administer virtual and physical [...]

A Lawyer Responds: What is a Favela?

by Alex Ferreira Magalhães, Professor of Urban and Environmental Law at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro The construction of the concept of a favela, specifically [...]
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