Bruno de Oliveira

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Bruno de Oliveira

Bruno de Oliveira

Project Coordinator (Justice)

Bruno is a Projects Coordinator at IARS responsible for the coordination and delivery of the justice stream, through a number of nationally and internationally focused projects. More information about Justice projects can be found here.

Bruno De Oliveira is a PhD researcher and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Brighton. He has an M.A. in Community Psychology where he used Participatory Action Research. Bruno is originally from an impoverished neighbourhood in Recife, Brazil. Bruno's passion for social justice, equity, and democracy have gained the attention of the regional and national spectrum. Bruno has written extensively about current affairs in Brazil.

The focus of his current research thesis is based on co-analysing the lived experiences of homeless people through collaborative research. He has collaborated with the NGO Emmaus Brighton on homeless issues and has produced some publications on the subject using art to challenge homelessness. Bruno de Oliveira who is a professional with a robust experience of working with voluntary, educational and community organisations such Emmaus Brighton (Homelessness NGO), Mosaic BME (Brighton), Free University Brighton, the Birkbeck University, the London South Bank University and the University of Brighton. Bruno has been a nominee University of Brighton Alumnus Award 2015 nominee / outstanding community involvement and nominee University of Brighton Excellence in Facilitating and Empowering Learning  Award Scheme 2015 & 2016.

''Bruno was a student on the MA Community Psychology. Bruno’s work with Emmaus is an exemplar of the way that co-produced work between community organisations and university students can highlight and address key issues for marginalised groups in and around our city. Bruno was central in instigating and helping to coordinate a project which has been widely praised by a range of stakeholders and laid the foundations for a fruitful partnership between the university and key stakeholders seeking to work with homeless people in Brighton. As such, his performance on the course was outstanding. Bruno is now continuing and developing this piece of work on his PhD which I expect to be a very strong piece of work that has a significant part to play in conversations about homelessness in Brighton and beyond.'' - From a Reader at the University of Brighton. 


Selected academic work:

Conference papers:

Dissensus and Conscientisation: Setting the scene for a deeper understanding of Participatory Action Research as a mechanism of disruption. Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics (CAPPE) 11th Annual Conference.

Exploring Homelessness Under Austerity, British Psychological Society Community, Psychology Festival (2017).

Homelessness in Times of Welfare Reforms: Exploring the Universal Basic Income to Reduce Homelessness in the UK, 17th BIEN Congress, Portugal | BIEN - Basic Income Earth Network (2017).


De Oliveira, B. (2017) Enclosures, beneficence and fluid spaces – the practice of informal mental distress work: In conversation with Dr Carl Walker. Psychology of Women Section Review, Vol. 19(1), pp. 56-61.
De Oliveira, B. (2018) On the News Today: Using Participatory Action Research to Challenge the how the Local Media Portrayed People Experiencing homelessness (Accepted on Housing, Support and Care).

Published on Division 27 of the American Psychological Association: Society for Community Research and Action, Vol 48. No 3 Summer (2015).


This selection of case studies provides a deep insight into the ever widening range of the University of Brighton's social engagement activities and of our links with our local neighbourhoods and communities (

Poster for the research ‘Using Art Based Participatory Action Research (PAR) Challenging How The Media Portrays Homelessness’ November 2015 Festival of Community Psychology. BPS, Community Psychology Section.

Working with the homeless can ‘generate knowledge for social change:

Exhibition to counter negatives attitudes towards the homeless: