Last month, we officially started work on NutriCities, one of the grants awarded through the British Academy Cities&Infrastructure Programme. This is very exciting: working with good colleagues and friends Dr Timo Bartholl and Dr Christos Filippidis (PDRAs), Dr Oonagh Markey and Dr Richard Pithouse (from Loughborough and Wits University, South Africa as Co-Is), plus two local researchers on the ground in the MarĂ© complex of favelas in Rio de Janeiro. Starting from questions on food scarcity and food sovereignty, our aim is to understand how informal populations are managed and pacified – how, beyond the official practices of militarisation and control, the city’s populations are now rendered governable and docile through and ever-increasing set of technologies of government. Stay tuned for updates from Rio!