Projects per year
I am an anthropologist and a social scientist focusing on economic and political transformations in emerging economies. I have been conducting fieldwork and developing international research collaborations across the global south, especially Brazil and China.
My research deals with the topics of globalization, development, and poverty. A thread running through my research agenda is the desire to gain a longitudinal, local understanding of the major processes of world-making and world-ordering that have transformed emerging countries in economic and political terms.
I have been involved in these three major research projects:
- NEW CONSUMERS IN EMERGING ECONOMIES (2019-2022): I am currently an Investigator Partner of a multi-sited collaborative research project, funded by Discovery Grant, Australian Research Council (with Anna Pertierra CI, from Western Sydney University, Tingting Liu from Jinan University, and Cezarina Saloma from Ateneo Manila). The 3-year project will be conducted in Brazil, China, Philippines and Mexico. The research aims to understand how globalised economic growth is transforming lives among low-income urban communities of the Global South.
- FROM HOPE TO HATE: THE AUTHORITARIAN TURN IN BRAZIL (2009-2018) Lucia Muri Scalco (UFRGS, Brazil) and I researched the impacts of the rise and fall of the economy as well as democratic collapse on the political subjectivity of the poor. Following the same research subjects for 10 years sheds light on how the very citizens that exemplified Brazil's rise as a global democratic power in Lula’s era — the ‘new consumers’— came to support a far-right project.
- CHINA-PARAGUAY-BRAZIL: INFORMAL ECONOMY AND PIRACY (1999-2019): This research resulted in my 2017 book Counterfeit Itineraries in the Global South (Routledge Studies in Social Anthropology). The book was the culmination of 10 years (1999-2009 and 2014) of ethnography on a global commodity chain of counterfeit and smuggled goods in China and on the Brazil-Paraguay border. I lived in these three countries during my Ph.D. fieldwork, trying to combine the best of deep sustained local ethnography with transnational research.
Selected International Press:
Op-ed | How Brazil left should respond to Bolsonaro, The Washington Post
Op-ed | Why does Jair Bolsonaro want to appoint his son as ambassador?, The Washington Post
Op-ed | Bolsonaro’s lewd tweets are part of a larger, dangerous crusade, The Washington Post
Op-ed | Bolsonaro’s push to commemorate Brazil’s military rule is a celebration of torture, The Washington Post
Article| Bolsonaro Effect, Jacobin Maganize
Article | Why are victims of police violence voting for Bolsonoro? The Intercept
In-depth Interview | What Brazil’s Workers’ Party needs to do, The Intercept
Comment | There is a risk to democracy, Time Magazine
Video Interview | The informal economy in Brazil and China, Brazil-China Forum, Peking University
- Cultural and social dimensions of development, poverty, and politics
- Anthropological theory and ethnography
- Social movements, civil society, and resistance in the 21st century
Willing to supervise doctoral students
- The newest social movements
- The rise of far-right-wing worldwide
- Cultural and social aspects of inequality and modernity in both Brazil and China (but not only)
- The impacts of development on small communities
- The informal economy, labour, intellectual property, illicit trade, and consumption.
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, University of Oxford
Award Date: 1 Sep 2016
Anthropology, Doctor of Philosophy, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Award Date: 1 Mar 2009
PhD Internship in the Department of Anthropology and Material Culture, University College London
1 Jan 2008 → 31 Dec 2008
Graduate Programme in Social Sciences, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria1 Sep 2017 → 1 Sep 2019
Visiting Researcher (Japan), Aichi Prefectural University1 Jan 2017 → 20 Jan 2017
Visiting Professor in the Department od Sociology, University of Sao Paulo1 Sep 2016 → 31 Aug 2017
Lecturer in Anthropology of Development, University of Oxford1 Aug 2013 → 1 Aug 2016
Visiting Scholar at Fairbank Centre for Chinese Studies, Harvard University1 Sep 2012 → 31 Aug 2013
Pinheiro Machado, R. & Scalco, L. M., 1 Mar 2020, In : Journal of Ethnographic Theory HAU. 10, 1, p. 21-31 11 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile1 Citation (Scopus)118 Downloads (Pure)
Rethinking the Informal and Criminal Economy from a Global Commodity Chain Perspective: China-Paraguay-BrazilPinheiro Machado, R., 31 Jul 2018, In : Global Networks . 18, 3, p. 479-499
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Pinheiro Machado, R., 24 Mar 2020, Piracy and Intellectual Property in Latin America Rethinking Creativity and the Common Good. Goldgel-Carballo, V. & Poblete, J. (eds.). Routledge
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Pinheiro Machado, R. & Scalco, L. M., 28 Jan 2020, Fieldsights, 2020.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publication › ArticleOpen Access
Movimentos sociais contemporâneos: Um balanço da produções de teses e dissertações em Antropologia nos últimos dez anos (2008-2018)Pinheiro Machado, R., Alegria, P. & Bulgarelli, L., 31 Jul 2020, In : Revista Brasileira de Informação Bibliográfica em Ciências Sociais – BIB. 93, p. 1-27 27 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen Access