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Community leadership in Rio’s favelas: a showcase for resilience

Community leadership in Rio's favelas: a showcase for resilience
Tereza Maarova

Tereza Maarova

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Tereza Maarova holds an MA in Development and Emergency Practice from Oxford Brookes University. She is currently an Operations Manager at Teach for Slovakia, an NGO focused on fostering young leaders to drive social change and address human rights issues.
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Rio de Janeiro has been identified as “the city most affected by climate change in South America.” Sea level rise is predicted to submerge Rio even if the Earth’s temperature rises only by 1.5°C (the new global goal following the 2015 Paris agreement). Torrential rains have already resulted in major disasters in the last decade, […]

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All eyes on Rio: Blessing or curse for local tourism?

All eyes on Rio: Blessing or curse for local tourism?
Elien Verstraeten

Elien Verstraeten

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Elien Verstraeten is an MSc in Local Economic Development student at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She holds a Bachelor’s in Economics from the University of Ghent.
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Rio de Janeiro is a city that captures imagination. It has been nicknamed the ‘Cidade Maravilhosa’ (Marvelous City), and remains the most popular tourist destination in Brazil. In 2014, the city welcomed 1.8 million foreign tourists (a 34% increase compared to 2009), mainly due to mega-events such as the annual Carnival and the 2014 FIFA […]

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The New Olympic Golf Course: Risks vs. Benefits?

The New Olympic Golf Course: Risks vs. Benefits?
Jakub Rusek

Jakub Rusek

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Jakub Rusek is a PhD candidate at the University of Munich. He currently works at the EASAC (European Academies Science Advisory Council) as Assistant liaison officer and at FEDRA (Federation of Regional Actors) as a Young Regional Ambassador.
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Barra de Tijuca is the new golf course is inside the Marapendi reserve covered by protected Atlantic Forest (Mata Atlântica). Just like any Olympic sport, golf also needed a decent venue. Rio 2016 will re-introduce golf into the Olympics after more than 100 years. The choice was not one of the two already existing golf […]

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Ready, Set, Go: Fighting Olympic Corruption

Ready, Set, Go: Fighting Olympic Corruption
Cedric Algoed

Cedric Algoed

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Cedric Algoed holds an MA in Economics from the University of Ghent. He is currently enrolled in an LLM in Law and Politics of International Security at the VU Amsterdam. He focuses on civil war, the political economy of conflict and rebel governance.
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Foul play: Situating the problem Amidst outcries for justice, the Brazilian federal police investigates the allocation of all federal funds to the Olympic Games. Five construction firms, responsible for the major chunk of infrastructure works, are directly connected to the Petrobras scandal. Future announcements on the investigation are expected in the next couple of weeks. […]

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Development through sport: the EU and the Olympics

Development through sport: the EU and the Olympics
Melina Monjour

Melina Monjour

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Melina is currently completing her MA in International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS University in London. She holds a master’s degree in History and International Affairs from Paris Sorbonne University.In parallel to her studies, she gained experience in several Italian and French magazines, as well as collaborating with a think tank working in close contact with the French Parliament.Her broad research interests range from international affairs to energy related issues, geopolitics and natural resources.
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Sport is the biggest social phenomenon in the EU, as approximately 60% of European citizens participate in sporting activities on a regular basis. It plays a key role in the fields of integration, education and health. In the recent years, the sports European movement has taken a pro-active attitude. In this sense, the White Paper […]

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Not-so-green games for a blue planet

Not-so-green games for a blue planet
Tine Stausholm

Tine Stausholm

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Tine has a BSc in biology and a MSc in biogeography, both obtained in her native Denmark. She has been working with science communication and public engagement since her graduation. Alongside this she has been doing research and surveying of land use and cover in the EU for Eurostat. Her international experience includes working as a education mentor on a rhino relocation project in Zambia and a stint as a research diver in Mexico. She currently lives in London where she works as a freelance writer and editor of research funding opportunities.
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Back in 2009 Rio de Janeiro won the rights to organise the 2016 Olympic and Paralympics games. During the bidding process, Rio branded its vision for the event as ”Green Games for a Blue Planet”. One of the major pledges made was the “cleaning and regeneration of Rio’s waterways and lakes, through government projects for […]

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Bread and games and evictions

Bread and games and evictions
Hanne Cokelaere

Hanne Cokelaere

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
I am a news- and EU enthusiast who, after one year working in EU communication, has started a postgraduate programme in international investigative journalism. I am currently interning as an editorial researcher in POLITICO Europe’s newsroom in Brussels.
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The B in BRICS paints a rosy picture for the country’s future. Yet the 2014 World Championship had been preceded by violent demonstrations in over a hundred Brazilian cities. The “Our Cup is on the streets” protests opposed the corruption and evictions that went hand in hand with the games. “The World Cup steals money […]

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Rio 2016’s Unenduring Legacy

Rio 2016's Unenduring Legacy
Izza Tahir

Izza Tahir

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Izza Tahir is a Master of Public Policy graduate from the University of Toronto, Canada. She has worked as a policy analyst with the Government of Ontario in Canada as well as the Government of Pakistan. Her research interests include governance reform, health policy, and the politics and policy of education reform in developing countries.
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Rio de Janeiro’s candidature bid for the 2016 Games described its intent to invest in sport as a catalyst for social integration through the implementation of key programs such as fostering social inclusion through sport and the expansion of sports infrastructure. As part of an overarching sport participation legacy for not just Rio but the […]

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The Rio Olympics: Green or a Greenwash?

The Rio Olympics: Green or a Greenwash?
Louise Montgomery

Louise Montgomery

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Louise Montgomery holds an LLM in Global Environment and Climate Change Law from the University of Edinburgh. She is currently a Research and Campaigns intern in OneKind, an animal welfare organization.
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Much of the negativity surrounding the Rio Olympics warns of the Zika virus, the political and economic insecurities and the gang culture endemic to the city’s favelas. This op-ed, however, will focus on a largely ignored topic that poses an imminent and increasing risk to the world’s natural heritage: Wildlife trafficking. The protection of wildlife, […]

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The unexpected champion: How Rio’s favelas strive to go green while Olympic legacy falls short

The unexpected champion: How Rio’s favelas strive to go green while Olympic legacy falls short
Crystal Chow

Crystal Chow

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Crystal Chow is a Hong Kong-based journalist and writer specializing in international affairs and development issues. She holds a master’s degree in Global Energy and Climate Policy with an elective in International Environmental Law from SOAS, University of London. She has previously worked for a legislator in Hong Kong as a research officer, where she advised on environmental and energy policy. Inspired by her on-field reportage and volunteer experience in the Philippines, the Malaysian Borneo and Kenya, Crystal’s interests involve clean technology transfer, political transition and sustainable development in the Asia Pacific, as well as marine environmental governance.
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Rio’s foundering attempts to capitalize on the forthcoming Olympics also sits awkwardly alongside the forced eviction in the Vila Autódromo favela, leaving many to question if these low-income communities are being cast out to make way for upscale development under the pretext of the Olympics. Maybe it’s the time we start empowering these communities, not […]

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