Brazilian Sociologist Joins School Of Public Health Faculty As Visiting Scholar

Dr. Maria da Silveira Lobo, an urban health researcher from Brazil, has joined the faculty of the School of Public Health at Georgia State University this semester as a visiting scholar.

Dr. Lobo said her time at the university will allow her to collaborate with public health experts and officials at the school and throughout Atlanta.

Dr. Maria da Silveira Lobo

“I hope to learn about Atlanta’s pioneering mixed-income housing experiences and the efforts of other U.S. cities to bring health into urban redevelopment projects,” she said.

Dr. Lobo holds a PhD/master’s degree in urban environmental structures from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism from the Universidade de Sao Paulo. Her research considers the impact of urban renewal projects on low-income populations.

Most recently, Dr. Lobo conducted research for the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, a prominent public health think tank linked to the Brazilian Ministry of Health with a focus on health technology. She also has worked as a consultant to the governor of Rio de Janeiro’s Undersecretary of Urbanism and as a professor and lecturer at several institutions of higher education in Brazil.

At the School of Public Health, Dr. Lobo will teach graduate seminars during the spring 2016 semester and give a public lecture about urban health and research in transitional neighborhoods in Brazil. She’ll also assist the school in exploring a new study abroad course in Brazil. The School currently operates a Maymester program focused on global health that sends students to the northeastern state of Bahia.

Dr. Lobo said her teaching will incorporate her experiences with urban health efforts in Brazil, particularly in Rio de Janeiro, where she has focused on boosting the currently low rates of participation by residents of low-income neighborhoods, known as favelas, in urban planning.

The School of Public Health’s Division of Health Management and Policy is hosting Lobo’s visit through Georgia State’s Distinguished Visiting Scholar Program, which aims to increase the presence on campus of faculty from underrepresented groups. Visiting scholars have national or international recognition and scholarly interests that fit with Georgia State’s strategic plan. For more information on the program, go to