Idalina Baptista is a University Lecturer in Urban Anthropology and Fellow of Kellogg College at the University of Oxford. Idalina is also an Associate Fellow of the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities and the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS) at the University of Oxford.
She currently teaches for the MSc in Sustainable Urban Development and has taught in the past on diverse themes relating to urban planning and environmental management at the University of California, Berkeley, the New University of Lisbon, Universidade Aberta, and Universidade Atlântica, in Portugal. Idalina also held a visiting position at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon and collaborated with colleagues at the New University of Lisbon on projects and initiatives involving public participation in urban and environmental planning and policymaking. Her teaching and research is informed by her past experience as an environmental planning consultant and as a volunteer to NGOs in the environmental sector.
Idalina's current research focuses on the theoretical and practical challenges of governing urbanization and infrastructure in African cities, particularly in Mozambique. Her latest research project, Electric Urbanism: the Governance of Electricity in Urban Africa, is funded by Oxford's John Fell Fund. The project uses the case study of the prepaid electricity system in Maputo, Mozambique, to examine the challenges of accessing utility services in the global South. She recently concluded a research project focused on notions of urban flexibility in governing cities undergoing processes of reconstruction after a disaster and/or coping with situations of endemic crisis in Africa and the Caribbean. In the past, she examined the use of regimes of exception as alternative forms of governance to deliver large-scale urban rehabilitation projects in Portugal. Through these projects, Idalina continuously seeks to deepen her understanding of urban theory, urban governance, urban livelihoods, energy infrastructure and transnational comparative research, especially between Africa, Latin America and Southern Europe. Her work has been published in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Urban Studies, Urban Geography, and City & Society.
Idalina's research focuses on the theoretical and practical challenges of governing urbanization and energy infrastructures in African cities. Her latest research project, “Electric Urbanism: the Governance of Electricity in Urban Africa”, uses the case study of the prepaid electricity system in Maputo, Mozambique, to examine the challenges of accessing utility services in the global South.