Dr Sara Gonzalez

Dr Sara Gonzalez

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I am interested in how our cities are becoming spaces for the expansion of neoliberalism and how ideas and policies of neoliberal urbanism emerge, travel and mutate at different spatial scales. Increasingly I am also focusing on resistance to these processes by social movements and community groups. I have so far mainly concentrated in international research comparing different European cities but I am looking forward to expanding this geographical focus. 

I am interested in how our cities are becoming spaces for the expansion of neoliberalism and how ideas and policies of neoliberal urbanism emerge, travel and mutate at different spatial scales. Increasingly I am also focusing on resistance to these processes by social movements and community groups. I have so far mainly concentrated in international research comparing different European cities but I am looking forward to expanding this geographical focus. Currently I am involved in research looking at the impact of the global financial crisis in European cities, the potential gentrification of traditional retail Markets in the UK and abroad and contested spatialities of urban neoliberalism in UK, Spain and Latin America.

Contested cities
From October 2012. Contested Cities is a staff and postgraduate mobility network between Europe and Latin America funded under the IRSES scheme of the EU FP7.  Autonomous University of Madrid will be the lead partner with University of Leeds as co-coordinators and universities in Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico as partners in third countries. The theme of the project is Contested Spatialities of Urban Neoliberalism: Dialogues between Emerging Spaces of Citizenship in Europe and Latin America

Uneven local responses to the global recession. Leverhulme International Network
2010-2015 This is a 3 year international network funded by the Leverhulme Trust to analyse the impacts of the global financial crisis in European Cities. It is hosted by the School of Geography, University of Leeds (Principal Investigator Sara Gonzalez) and involves colleagues from University of Antwerp (Stijn Oosterlynck), Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Ramon Ribera Fumaz), University of Turin (Ugo Rossi) and Aberystwyth University (Martin Jones). It funds workshops and fieldtrip visits where researchers will study four case studies (Leeds, Barcelona, Brussels and Cagliari) to develop a comparative methodology to understand changes in the variegated nature of neoliberal urbanism.

Previous projects

2001-2004 SINGOCOM (Social Innovation, Governance and Community Building) EU Framework 5. With Frank Moulart as Principal Investigator
2004-2005 Shaping and contesting narratives of globalisation in European cities. EU Research and Trainning Network, POstdoctoral Fellowship. EU Framework 5.
2005-2006 The Northern Way: filling in an imaginary geography or a collective voice for the North? ESRC POstdoctoral Fellowship.
2006 Representations of the “regional problem”. A comparison of Northern England and the Mezzogiorno. British Academy. Principal Investigator.
2004-2007 DEMOLOGOS:Development Models and Logic of Socio-Economic Organization in Space. EU Framework 6. With Frank Moulaert as Principal Investigator
2008 British Academy “Urban policy tourism in Bilbao and Barcelona: the construction, delivery and diffusion of urban regeneration success stories”. British Academy. Principla Investigator
2009 Urban mobilities: The Anglo-catalan production of the Barcelona Model”. Catalan Government (Spain). Co-aplicant.

Present Position

  • Associate Professor in Critical Human Geography

Previous posts

  • Lecturer in Crtitical Human Geography, University of Leeds
  • Research Associate. University of Newcastle. School of Architecture,
    Planning and Landscape. February 2002-August 2005
  • Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow. University of Milano-Bicocca. Dipartimento
    di Sociologia e Ricerca Sociale. October 2004-April 2005
  • ESRC/ODPM Postdoctoral Fellow. University of Newcastle. April 2005- June
    2006

Recent selected conference presentations

  • Ribera-Fumaz, R., Rossi, U., GONZALEZ, S. and Oosterlynck, S. (2012) “The moving map of the global financial crisis: a comparative analysis of four European cities”, American Association of Geographers Annual Conference, New York, 24-28TH February
  • Oosterlynck and GONZALEZ (2011) ““Don’t waste a crisis: opening up the city yet again for neoliberal experimentation”, 6th International Conference of Critical Geography, Frankfurt, 16th-20th August
  • Ribera- Fumaz, R., GONZALEZ, S. , Oosterlynck, S. and Rossi, U. (2010) “Understanding the varieties of urban capitalism, RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, 28th August-2nd September.
  • Oosterlynck, S. and GONZALEZ, S. (2011) “The financial-economic crisis and variegated urban neoliberalization: a cultural political economy approach”, American Association of Geographers Annual Conference, Seattle, 12-16th March
  • Rossi, U and GONZALEZ, S. (2008) “Energetic’ tools of urban and regional governance at the margins of Europe: city-regions and strategic planning processes in Northern England and Southern Italy” RGS-IBG, Annual International Conference, 27-29 August, London.
  • GONZALEZ (2008) “State representations of Spatial justice. A comparison of territorial policies in Northern England and the Mezzogiorno” International Conference on Spatial Justice and Injustice, University of Paris X, Nanterre, March 12-14

Seminars / invited talks/ panels

  • GONZALEZ, s. (2012) “Making links: activism, organising and research”, ‘In, against, and beyond neoliberal crisis: strategy and solidarity’ Conference, Glasgow, 21st-23rd March Glasgow.
  • GONZALEZ, S. (2007) “Urbanismo neoliberal en las ciudades Europeas”, Spanish Annual Congress of Sociology, Invited keynote at the Urban Sociology session, Barcelona, 13-15 September
  • GONZALEZ, S. “Neoliberal eurbanism”, APL seminars, University of Newcastle, 16th of May 2007
  • GONZALEZ, S. “La costruzione sociopolitica di un’area metropolitana”, University of Roma 3, 7th of May, 2007GONZALEZ, S “Research: Planning and evaluation for economic and cultural development” Funding culture in Europe: public and private partnerships, La Rencontre de Sevilla 8-11 March 2007
  • GONZALEZ, S. “Representations of the “regional problem” in Italy and England: Northern England and the Mezzogiorno” Research Seminars, Italian Deparment, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Leeds, 7th March, 2007
  • GONZALEZ, SARA “The Northern Way and the city regions”, Institute for Advanced Studies, Lancaster University, 8th May, 2006
  • GONZALEZ, SARA “Narrazione escalare a milano e Bilbao”, Complot System workshop, Facoltà di Architettura Roma 3, Rome, 31st October 2005
  • GONZALEZ, SARA “Modelos de desarrollo”, in La invención de las ciudades. First European conference on Culture and City, Córdoba (Spain), 23th June, 2005

Responsibilities

  • Research cluster Leader
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Qualifications

  • PhD, Urban sociology, University of the Basque Country
  • BA (Hons), Sociology and Political Science, Deusto University

Student education

Undergraduate

  • Leeds: From the Local to the Global
  • Making of the Modern City
  • Contested Cities

Postgraduate

PhD Supervision

I welcome PhD applications in the following areas:

  • Neoliberal urban policies in cities around the world
  • Policy mobilities
  • Urban resistance and social movements
  • The global financial crisis and its impact on communities, cities and regions, urban and regional policy
  • Retail gentrification and traditional retail markets (indoor or street markets)

Research groups and institutes

  • Social Justice, Cities, Citizenship

Current postgraduate research students

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