Lucas Melgaço

Assistant professor

Professors Crime & Society (CRiS)
  • Current position Assistant professor
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    Department of Criminology
    Faculty of Law and Criminology
    Building B – Room 4.351
    Pleinlaan 2
    BE-1050 Brussels
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Lucas Melgaço is assistant professor at the Department of Criminology of Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where he teaches the courses "Crime and the City" and "Police and Security" to master students in criminology. He is a former FWO post-doctoral researcher at the same department and a former post-doctoral researcher in sociology at the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen’s University, Canada. Lucas has a doctorate degree in human geography from a partnership between the University of São Paulo and the University of Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne.  His main scientific interests are in the domains of surveillance, public order, public spaces, urban conflicts, public demonstrations, epistemology of geography, and the relations between the information and communication technologies and security. He recently also worked in introducing the theory of Brazilian geographer Milton Santos to the English-speaking community. Lucas is editor-in-chief of the journal Criminological Encounters.

Key publications

Melgaço, Lucas (forthcoming) Translating Ideas: The Provocative Milton Santos, Antipode

De Backer, M., L. Melgaço, G. Varna and F. Menichelli (eds.) (2016) Order and conflict in public space, London: Routledge.

Melgaço, Lucas (2015) Meer Camera's, Meer Veiligheid? Een analyse over de doeltreffendheid van videosurveillance, Orde van de Dag 69: 43-52. 

Melgaço, Lucas (2014) Multiple Surveillance on the Digitized Campus, Radical Pedagogy 12(1): 27-51.

Melgaço, Lucas (2013) Security and Surveillance in Times of Globalization: An Appraisal of Milton Santos’ Theory, International Journal of E-Planning Research 2(4): 1-12.