Dr Michael Janoschka

Dr Michael Janoschka


I am University Academic Fellow in Critical Urban Transformations at the University of Leeds.

My research focuses on:

  1. Comparative approaches to gentrification, displacement and dispossession in the contemporary city,
  2. Social exclusion, financialisation of housing markets and urban contestation,
  3. 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.

Research interests

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.

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Student education

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
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