Urban transition and crisis
Work on Urban Transition and Crisis develops an in depth, conceptually innovative and empirically nuanced explanation of the recent economic crisis and it social, political, economic and environmental consequences.
Who we are
Mercè Cortina-Oriol (Group: CPERG)
Mercè’s research revolves around the processes of urban transformation and hegemony building in a context of crisis. Along these processes, and from a strategic-relational approach, Mercè pays attention to the different ways of policy-making and their strategic and tactical articulation through scalar politics and the reconfiguration of the TPSN fixities.
Jamie Doucette (Group: CPERG)
Jamie’s research has examined the creation of urban-industrial experiments and special economic zones on the Korean peninsula.
Sarah Marie Hall (Groups: SCRG, CPERG)
Sarah Marie's research explores the everyday impacts of socio-economic change, with a particular interest in crises, austerity and (un)sustainability, and the ways in which these changes are felt at very personal and intimate geographies. She recently undertook two years of ethnography with six families in Greater Manchester looking at the everyday impacts of austerity, as part of a Hallsworth Research Fellowship (2012-2015).
Maria Kaika (Groups: SERG and CPERG)
Maria's research examines the relationship between architecture and crisis, land financialisation as a lived process, urban insurgencies, and austerity and social exclusion.
William Kutz (Group: CPERG)
William’s research examines the political geographies of urban-economic development; comparative metropolitan finance, governance, and planning; and cultural and critical theories of urban space.
Saska Petrova (Groups: CPERG, SERG)
Saska’s work foregrounds research agendas that highlight the embeddedness of low-carbon urban transformations in the micro- and meso-geographies of everyday life. Her research has drawn attention to the institutionalization and contestation of regimes of austerity across developed-world countries. Her recent scholarship on the topic has focused on the articulation of experience of infrastructural service deprivation among crisis-hit urban dwellers.
Erik Swyngedouw (Group: SERG)
Erik’s urban work focuses on the relationship between the urbanisation of nature and the production of uneven urban spatialities. In addition, he has been working on critical urban political theory in a context of the twin processes of de-politicisation on the one hand and the proliferation of urban political insurgencies on the other.
Mark Usher (Group: SERG)
Mark’s research develops conventional interpretations of urban restructuring processes by tracing the everyday material politics of socio-economic change and governmental reform, focusing in particular on the technological retrofitting of water infrastructure. The overarching intention is to ‘ground’ critical understandings of neoliberalism, government and the state in the physical and ecological environment.
Kevin Ward (Group: CPERG)
Kevin is an urban and regional political economist with interests in the future financing and governance of cities. This includes some of the way cities are experimenting with new ways of financing their futures.
Saskia Warren (Groups: SCRG, CPERG)
Saskia’s work explores how alternative education and creative skills-building can be co-produced to better support, engage and enhance the lives of diverse communities in UK and wider European urban context of plurality and austerity. Recent work focused on the relationship between ethnic and religious minorities and the cultural and creative economy.