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Sociology Research


Dr Dana Brablec is a WISERD Civil Society Centre Postdoctoral Research Officer based at Bangor University, and a Research Affiliate at the Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge.

Dana holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Cambridge (2020). Building on ethnographic research, her doctoral work “The Mapuche and the city: ethnicity (re)creation within indigenous associations in Santiago de Chile” explored the collective identity re-creation practices developed by Mapuche rural-to-urban migrants within urban Indigenous associations in Santiago de Chile and the role that the state plays in this process.

Dana also holds a MSc in Democracy and Comparative Politics from UCL and a BSc in Politics from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Between 2016 and 2017, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Latin American Studies, Columbia University.

Dana is a Fellow of the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS), University of London, and a Teaching Associate at the Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge.

Research Interests

Urban Indigeneity; community-based organisations; ethnicity and race; Indigenous studies; migration, mobility, and inequality; social and spatial relations; urban studies; Chile; Latin America.

Research Projects

1. “Borders, boundary mechanisms and migration”, part of the WISERD Civil Society Centre.

“Borders, boundary mechanisms and migration” examines factors shaping civil society engagement with migration and forms of bordering through comparative international case studies and place-based ethnographies, and explores how social boundary activation mechanisms are articulated by civil society groups.

2. “Urban Indigeneities”. Edited volume (together with Professor Andrew Canessa).

“Urban Indigeneities” brings together interdisciplinary theoretical positions, including those from cultural studies, Indigenous studies, development studies, postcolonial studies, gender studies, and urban studies. The main questions that frame the chapters included in the book are: what does it mean to be Indigenous in the contemporary cities of the world? And, how are Indigenous peoples challenging conceptions of belonging in the wake of increasing global urbanisation? The volume takes on the ambitious task of removing the layers of invisibility that urban Indigenous peoples face, thus highlighting various aspects of their contemporary life in different cities around the world.




University of Cambridge:

POL1: The Modern State and its Alternatives
SOC3: Modern Societies II: Global Social Problems and Dynamics of Resistance
SOC11: Racism, Race and Ethnicity

University College London:
Comparative Political Analysis.


Teaching Associate in the MPhil in Latin American Studies, University of

Urban Indigeneity in Latin America
Political Corruption in Latin America
Indigenous Peoples and the State.


Key Publications - Books

Wagemann, E.; Devilat, B.; Brablec, D.; Stuardo, M. and Soza, C. (2015). ChileGlobal Seminars UK 2013-2014. ChileGlobal Seminars UK.

Maturana, C., Brablec, D., Oliva, D. (2011). Balance Anual al Poder Legislativo del año 2010. Corporación Humanas.

Key Publications - Journal Articles

Brablec, D. (2020). Indigenizing the city together: Ethnic place production in Santiago de Chile. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Antoine, C., Brablec, D., Montalva, D. (2013). Transparencia y Control en el Uso de los Recursos Públicos para el Financiamiento de la Cultura Chilena. Libertad y Desarrollo.

Brablec, D., Bellolio, A. (2012). Encuesta de Corrupción 2012: Resultados en Niveles Estables. (2012). Libertad y Desarrollo.

Antoine, C., Brablec, D. (2011). Políticas Culturales: La Acción del Estado y la Sociedad de Oportunidades. Libertad y Desarrollo

Key Publications - Other

Brablec, D. (2020 - Forthcoming). [Review of the book Sovereign Entrepreneurs Cherokee Small-Business Owners and the Making of Economic Sovereignty, by C. Lewis]. Native American and Indigenous Studies Journal, University of Minnesota Press.

Brablec, D. (2018). "Pituto". In Alena Ledeneva (Ed.), The Global Encyclopaedia of Informality, (pp.52-54). London: UCL Press.

PhD Supervisor

Dr Mónica Moreno Figueroa

Media Articles

Research Groups & Affiliations



The Sociological Review Foundation’s Early Career Researcher’s Conference Support. (2020).

Conference Grant, Society for Latin American Studies. (2020).

School of the Humanities and Social Sciences researcher development funding, University of Cambridge. (2019).

Completion Grant, Newnham College, University of Cambridge. (2019).

Sociology Graduate Education Committee (GEC) fieldwork funding, University of Cambridge. (2015/2016).

Fieldwork Grant. Newnham College, University of Cambridge. (2015).

Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica (CONICYT-Chile) and Cambridge Trust. PhD Scholarship (Grant Fondecyt: N°84140015). (2014).

Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica (CONICYT-Chile). MSc Scholarship (Grant Fondecyt: N° 73130802). (2012).

Chilean Chamber of Deputies, Best university thesis: £2,400. (2010).

Job Title:
Research Affiliate, WISERD Civil Society Centre Postdoctoral Research Officer, Newnham College