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Ana Paula Pimentel Walker

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Ana Paula Pimentel Walker is an Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan. She teaches graduate courses in urban planning in developing countries, land use, and environmental planning. Her research examines the outcomes of participatory city planning from the perspective of those living in squatter settlements and Afro-Brazilian territories. She reflects on the evolving discourses of citizen participation in light of over twenty years of planning mechanisms such as the participatory budget process in Brazil. Her findings highlight how partisan politics and profit-driven redevelopment projects have undermined the initial effectiveness of democratic planning as a tool of sustainable slum upgrading. Pimentel Walker is interested in rethinking and examining the various ways the public may be involved in local government, including current methods, as well as, new possible alternatives. She is also engaged in collaborative oral history projects with communities facing evictions associated with World Cup 2014. Pimentel Walker received her Ph.D. in Anthropology (2013) from the University of California, San Diego, masters degrees in both Urban Planning and Latin American Studies (2005) from the University of California, Los Angeles, and law degree from Brazil.