CEM in the Media: news about the Center
The Center for Metropolitan Studies (CEM), headquartered at the University of São Paulo (USP) and at the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning (CEBRAP), contains a multidisciplinary group of scholars that includes demographers, political scientists, sociologists, geographers, economists, and anthropologists.
Since it was established in 2000, CEM has produced internationally leading research in the social sciences on themes related to social, economic, and political transformation in contemporary cities, with emphasis on the Brazilian case. Our work seeks to contribute to national and international debates about social and spatial inequalities and, as such, to promote comparison between urban and metropolitan contexts in different regions of Brazil and in other countries.
CEM's mission is to promote the production and development of knowledge in the field; disseminate this knowledge to society; develop new technologies, data, indicators, or methodologies, support public policymakers; and develop the skills and knowledge of our researchers and collaborators.
CEM brings together researchers from the Department of Political Science (DCP-FFLCH), the Department of Sociology (FFLCH), the Polytechnic School (Poli), and the Faculty of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (EACH), at the University of São Paulo (USP); the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning (CEBRAP); Institute of Education and Research (INSPER); the Fundação Getulio Vargas; the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP); and the National Institute of Spatial Research (INPE).
An article in The Lancet stresses the vulnerability of these health workers, whose readiness to counter fake news with trustworthy information, and to monitor COVID-19 patients in home isolation, has been neglected.
Only 13.8% of the workforce has jobs in sectors not badly hit by social isolation according to a research network set up to propose ways of improving the quality of government policies for dealing with the crisis.
Research by the FAPESP-funded Center for Metropolitan Studies (CEM) shows that it is not feasible to separate high-risk groups in low-income communities, where the majority of the Brazilian population live. The problem is especially acute in the Southeast region, with metropolitan São Paulo displaying the largest deficit.