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Lucas Melgaço

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Lucas Melgaço is Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and a former post-doctoral researcher at CRiS as a FWO research fellow. He has also been a post-doctoral fellow at the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen’s University, Canada and at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has a PhD in Social Geography from the University of São Paulo and the University of Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne. His main scientific interests are in the domains of urban criminology, surveillance, policing, public order, social movements and protests, and the relationships between information and communication technologies, space and security. He has also worked on translating and introducing the theories of the Brazilian geographer Milton Santos to the English-speaking community. Lucas is co-editor of the books "Protests in the Information Age: Social Movements, Digital Practices and Surveillance" (Routledge, 2018), "Milton Santos: A Pioneer in Critical Geography from the Global South"(Springer, 2017) and "Order and Conflict in Public Space" (Routledge, 2016). He is the editor-in-chief of the journal Criminological Encounters.


Research Line: Crime and the City + Policing and Surveillance

Knowledge Cluster: Experiencing Technology 


Courses taught at the VUB in 2021-2022

Name  Link
Crime and the City I More info
Crime and the City II More info
Policing and Surveillance More info
Criminological Encounters More info









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