Paola Alfaro d’Alençon

Technische Universität Berlin


Paola Alfaro d’Alençon is an architect and urban planner. She is a senior researcher and lecturer for Urban Design and Theory at the Chair of International Urbanism and Design – Habitat Unit, Technische Universität Berlin. At this University she has also co-founded and is the director of the Urban Research and Design Laboratory (U-Lab). Her work includes international practice in architecture and urban design as well as consultancy for diverse national and international organisations for several revitalisation projects of former industrial, railway and harbour areas. Her research is about issues related to international urbanism and urban development, while combining spatial and material-reality with the understanding of participation in urban processes, urban management models as co-productions and urban governance. As guest lecturer and researcher she followed the invitation of universities in New York City, Chile, Netherlands, India and has co-initiated the Urban Lab+ Network, an academic project for researching issues related to urban inclusion. Her next publication “Ephemere Stadtentwicklung” is dealing with urban practices in Germany related with temporal projects, informality and different model of citizens participation

Paola Alfaro d’Alençon is an architect and urban planner

Jorge Blanco

University of Buenos Aires


Jorge Blanco holds a Master degree from the University of Buenos Aires in Environmental and Territorial Policies. He is a Professor of Geography of Transport and Spatial Planning and is also the Director of the Institute of Geography of the University of Buenos Aires. His research are related to urban public policies, socio-territorial differentiation of mobility, gentrification and their relation to transport infrastructure and mobility, spatial capital in the use and appropriation of the city. Currently he is a member of the International Network "Contested Cities" (www.contested-cities.net)

Jorge Blanco holds a Master degree from the University of Buenos Aires in Environmental and Territorial Policies

Bruno Cousin

University of Lille, France


Bruno Cousin is Maître de conférences in sociology (assistant professor) at the University of Lille, and a Research and faculty affiliate with the Centre Maurice Halbwachs of the École Normale Supérieure, Paris. His research stands at the intersection between urban sociology, the analysis of social inequality, and cultural sociology. It focuses on upper and upper-middle classes’ avoidance and refusal of social and/or ethnoracial integration, and especially on residential segregation (for a complete publication list, see: http://clerse.univ-lille1.fr/spip.php?article646&lang=fr). Bruno is also the current Chair of the Section on urban and regional sociology of the French Sociological Association

Bruno Cousin is Maître de conférences in sociology (assistant professor) at the University of Lille, and a Research and faculty affiliate with the Centre Maurice Halbwachs of the École Normale Supérieure, Paris

Barbara Göbel

Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut, Berlin


Dr. Barbara Göbel is social anthropologist and director of the Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut (www.iai.spk-berlin.de). She is co-speaker of the BMBF funded international research network on interdependent inequalities in Latin America called desiguALdades.net (2009-2016) as well as Principal Investigator of the DFG funded Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung: An Interdisciplinary Laboratory at Humboldt-University (2013-2017). Her main research interests are socio-environmental inequalities, resource conflicts and geopolitics of knowledge. Currently she is carrying out a research project on the global valuation of nature, lithium mining, and indigenous communities in Northern Chile and NW-Argentina. For more details see: http://www.iai.spk-berlin.de/en/research/researchers/dr-barbara-goebel.html

She is co-speaker of the BMBF funded international research network on interdependent inequalities in Latin America called desiguALdades.net (2009-2016)

Katy Jenkins

Northumbria University


Dr Katy Jenkins is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Programme Leader for the MSc International Development in the Centre for International Development at Northumbria University. Her research focuses on analysing diverse aspects of activism in the context of international development, particularly in relation to gender and development. Katy is interested in theorising grassroots activists' participation in transnational spaces and exploring issues around NGOs, professionalization, and the changing trajectories of activists. Her current research explores intersections between gender and natural resource extraction in Latin America (particularly the Andes), and analyses the experiences of rural and indigenous women activists contesting large scale mining projects in Latin America. She has published widely including in Antipode, Political Geography and Global Networks. Katy is Associate Editor of the Journal for International Development, and a committee member of the Society for Latin American Studies

Dr Katy Jenkins is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Programme Leader for the MSc International Development in the Centre for International Development at Northumbria University

David Manley

University of Bristol


David Manley is a Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Human Geography at the University of Bristol. His research investigates the impacts of urban inequalities on individual life courses by combining innovative quantitative approaches with critical discourse. He has published widely on the topic of neighbourhood effects, including editing three key volumes and the related issue of urban segregation for ethnic and social minorities. David’s current work is focused on placing geography back at the centre of the neighbourhood effects debate and highlighting the paucity of evidence that pervades much of the literature. He is also part of the European funded DEPRIVEDHOODS project. References to his work and downloadable papers can be found on Research Gate
David Manley is a Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Human Geography at the University of Bristol

Cristiana Olcese

London School of Economics and Political Science


Cristiana Olcese is Fellow in Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research interests lie at the intersection between culture and social movements. She has published in the British Journal of Sociology, Mobilization, Sociological Research Online, International Sociology and contributed to a series of edited volumes. She is currently working on her monograph "Art in Protest: Mobilising Aesthetics"

Cristiana Olcese is Fellow in Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science

Jennifer Pribble

University of Richmond


Jennifer Pribble is an Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Richmond. Her research focuses on issues of comparative political economy and her book, Welfare and Party Politics in Latin America (2013, Cambridge University Press) develops and tests a theory to explain why some Latin American states have been more effective than others at reforming social policy in a universalistic direction. Jenny's new research project analyzes variation in subnational social development and territorial inequality in Chile and Peru, seeking to explore how different forms of commodity dependence influence local politics, and subsequently, poverty and human development. Jenny's research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including Latin American Research Review, the American Sociological Review, Comparative Politics, and Studies in Comparative International Development. She received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008.

Jennifer Pribble is an Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Richmond

Orlando dos Santos

Universidad Federal of Río de Janeiro


Orlando dos Santos Junior Alves has a degree in Social Sciences from the Regional Federal Fluminense University (1988), Master of Urban Planning of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1994) and PhD in Urban and Regional Planning at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (2000). He currently teaches at the Institute for Research and Urban and Regional Planning - IPPUR UFRJ and researcher at the Observatory Network of Metropolis. His research focuses on the following topics in the area of urban sociology: urban planning, urban policy, the neoliberal urbanisation, right to the city, democracy, political culture, social participation and mega sporting events.

Orlando dos Santos Junior Alves has a degree in Social Sciences from the Regional Federal Fluminense University (1988)

Patrick Lehingue

University Picardie Jules Verne


Patrick Lehingue is a professor of Political Science at University Picardie Jules Verne. He is also a researcher in « Politcization and Social Links » in the Social Science Laboratory CURAPP. His topics of research are: Topics of Research are: Electoral Sociology, Connection between Political Science and Economics, Critical Anlysis of Opinion Polls, Sociology of Electoral Representation, Codification of Political Activities

Patrick Lehingue is a professor of Political Science at University Picardie Jules Verne

Paul Watt

Birkbeck, University of London


Paul Watt is Reader in Urban Studies in the Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies at Birkbeck, University of London. His research focusses on social and spatial inequalities in cities and suburbs. Areas of interest include social rental housing, urban regeneration, the 2012 Olympic Games and regeneration in London, suburbia and suburbanization. Paul is co-author (with Tim Butler) of Understanding Social Inequality (Sage, 2007), and co-editor (with Peer Smets) of Mobilities and Neighbourhood Belonging in Cities and Suburbs (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). He has published in various journals including International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Urban Studies, City, Sociology and Visual Studies. He is on the editorial board of City and is Board Member of the Research Committee on Sociology of Urban and Regional Development (RC21), International Sociological Association. Forthcoming publications include two co-edited books: Urban Renewal and Social Housing: A Cross-National Perspective (with Peer Smets, Emerald, 2016), and London 2012 and the Post-Olympics City: A Hollow Legacy? (with Phil Cohen, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

Paul Watt is Reader in Urban Studies in the Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies at Birkbeck, University of London