Dr Michael Janoschka
- Position: University Academic Fellow for Critical Urban Transformations
- Areas of expertise: Critical Urban Studies; Social Theory; Gentrification; Displacement; Financialisation of Housing Markets; Urban Governance; Urban Contestation; Lifestyle Migration; Latin America; Spain
- Email: M.Janoschka@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 3362
- Location: 10.132 Irene Manton Building
- Website: Michael Janoschka | Contested Cities | Twitter | Googlescholar | ORCID
I am University Academic Fellow in Critical Urban Transformations at the University of Leeds.
My research focuses on:
- Comparative approaches to gentrification, displacement and dispossession in the contemporary city,
- Social exclusion, financialisation of housing markets and urban contestation,
- Migration, citizenship and the transformation of local politics in post-crisis scenarios.
My regional expertise comprises Latin American and Southern European cities, with a special focus on Madrid. For more than 15 years I have been developing extensive research in Latin America, especially in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Mexico.
After graduating in Geography from the Humboldt-University in Berlin (2002), I was awarded my PhD from the Goethe-University in Frankfurt (2007), followed by a postdoctoral Marie-Curie Fellowship at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in Madrid (2008-10). From 2011 to 2016, I was holding a Ramón y Cajal research professorship at the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Since 2015, I am working as honorary professor at the Department of Public Affairs of the Faculty of Latin American Social Sciences (FLACSO) in Quito, Ecuador, and in October 2016 I joined the School of Geography at the University of Leeds.
My research interests are widely related to the ongoing neoliberal transformation of our cities, covering a wide range of topics such as: Gentrification, displacement, dispossession, financialisation of housing markets, social exclusion, urban contestation, and new municipal initiatives to ovecome asuterity urbanism and neoliberalisation. I have a broad research experience in different countries and cities in Southern Europe and Latin America.
I am the scientific oordinator of the of the interdisciplinary Contested Cities network, which brings together critical researchers from across Europe and Latin America. Currently, I am principal investigator of the Proto Local research project that examines local political change in Spanish municipalities after citizens coalitions winning the 2015 elections in cities like Madrid, Barcelona and Zaragoza. I am also supervising the URBANiTE project, which is a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowship enquiring comparatively into post-crisis urban governance transformations in Southern European cities. My experience comprises also visual approaches to critical urban studies, and I have co-edited the documentary EU FICO which analyses the struggle of the inhabitants of Vila Autódromo, a neighbourhood next to the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, against their forced eviction, illegal and only grounded on real estate speculation and punitive public policies.
Currently I am supervising four PhD theses spanning research on the consequences of financialisation of housing markets, the neoliberal transformation of food markets, novel participatory politics and new muncipalist experiences in Spain. I am interested in supervising PhD students on any of the topics related to my research interests.<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>
My teaching activities mainly focus on critical urban studies and urban contestation in Southern Europe and Latin America. I have also a broad experience on teaching qualitative research methods.
Research groups and institutes
- Social Justice, Cities, Citizenship
- Housing struggles and alternatives (SJCC research area)
- Urban contestation and alternatives (SJCC research area)