Melissa Fernández ArrigoitiaBA MSc PhD
Research officer, LSE London, London School of Economics and Political Science
Dr. Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia is a Research Officer at LSE London where she carries out investigations to do with the capital’s social, economic and political life, particularly around housing issues. She is a lecturer in Birkbeck’s ‘Culture Diaspora Ethnicity’ MA and has taught gender and politics at Queen Mary University. She completed a PhD on the political, material and symbolic co-productions of public housing in Puerto Rico (LSE, Sociology-Cities), has and MSc in Gender and International Development and a BA in Philosophy and Women’s Studies. She is interested in the links between housing displacement, urban development and activism; interdisciplinary approaches to processes of urban ‘othering’ including the imports of gender, race and postcolonial theories to cultural and urban studies; and in critical geographies of home. She has previously worked in the field of international human rights in the UK, U.S., and Puerto Rico.
Gunter GassnerMArch PhD
Guest Lecturer, London School of Economics and Political Science
Gunter Gassner is an architect and guest lecturer at the LSE. He has practised as an architect in Vienna, Barcelona and London and was project architect and leader of the office-intern high-rise unit at Foreign Office Architects (FOA) from 2005 – 2007. He previously worked on a comparative analysis of public spaces in London, Paris and Barcelona (sponsored by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates) and is currently teaching in the MSc City Design and Social Science programme at the LSE as well as at the University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins, where he is involved in the BA Architecture: Spaces and Objects and the MA Narrative Environments programmes. He holds a PhD from the Department of Sociology at the LSE and his research interests include a socio-political understanding of urban visions and visualisations, neoliberal processes of urbanisation and urban design more generally, in particular through the lens of social and critical theory. He studied professional conceptualisations of London’s skylines and is currently especially interested in the relationship between financial capitalism and religion as translated into built form under current framings of austerity.
Alasdair JonesBA MA MPhil PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Methodology, LSE / Honorary Research Fellow, Faculty of Public Health, LSHTM,
Alasdair Jones is an Assistant Professor in Qualitative Research Methodology in the LSE’s Department of Methodology. He is an alumnus of the doctoral programme at the LSE’s Cities Programme and completed his ESRC-funded PhD there in 2008. This was an ethnographic account of the socio-spatial production of urban public space on London’s South Bank during the ongoing physical transformation of that area. Building on his doctoral studies, Alasdair’s research interests broadly concern the relationship between built form in cities and social practices, and his research to date has centred on public space, public transport and the ways that citizenship is experienced in urban settings. The current research he is working on develops these interests by exploring the fit between sustainable design features of masterplanned developments and the living practices of residents of those developments.
On completion of his PhD studies, Alasdair initially worked in the third sector (at Living Streets and the Royal Society of the Arts) before returning to academia to work for the ‘Transport and Health Group’ at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Alasdair was then appointed the UH-Lafarge Research Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire’s Centre for Sustainable Communities and he has recently completed a US-UK Fulbright Commission scholarship at the Center for Ethnographic Research (formerly the Center for Urban Ethnography), UC Berkeley, and a Visiting Fellowship at the City Futures research centre, UNSW.
Michael McQuarrie (Dr)BA MA PhD
, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
Michael McQuarrie joined the LSE from the University of California, Davis. He is primarily interested in urban politics and culture, nonprofit organizations, and social movements. He received a B.A. in History from Earlham College, an M.A. in History from Duke University, and a Ph.D in Sociology from New York University. Prior to completing his graduate studies he worked as a labor organizer and a community organizer in West Virginia, Ohio, and New York. He has recently been awarded a Hellman Fellowship at the University of California and a Poiesis Fellowship at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University.
He has taught undergraduate and graduate-level classes on classical and contemporary theory, political sociology, social movements, urban sociology, social change, and social change organizations.
His research is primarily concerned with the transformation of urban politics, governance, and civil society since 1973. He demonstrates this both by showing how the meaningful content of political values and practices, such as community and participation, have been transformed, but also how these changes are linked to the changing nature of governance, changing organizational populations, and the outcome of political conflicts.
His work has been published in Public Culture, Politics and Society, City and Community, and Housing Policy Debate, among other venues. He has co-edited two volumes on related themes: Remaking Urban Citizenship: Organizations, Institutions, and the Right to the City(with Michael Peter Smith), and Democratizing Inequalities: The Promise and Pitfalls of the New Public Participation (with Caroline Lee and Edward Walker, forthcoming 2014). He has published commentary in Shelterforce, The Hindustan Times, and Possible Futures. He posts periodically for Rooflines, the blog of the National Housing Institute (US).
He is currently preparing a book manuscript entitled The Community Builders which summarizes his research on the trajectory of community-based organizations in urban authority and governance over the last forty years.
Max NathanBA (Hons) MSc PhD
Research Fellow, LSE and NIESR
Max is a Senior Research Fellow at NIESR and a Research Fellow at the LSE Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC). He is also a Deputy Director of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth, a collaboration between LSE, the Centre for Cities and Arup.
Max completed an urban policy and spatial economics PhD in LSE’s Department of Geography and Environment in Autumn 2011. His main research interests lie in the economics of cultural diversity; the economics of innovation; and public policy for cities (especially urban and city-regional governance).
Max has over 12 years’ experience working in think tanks, consultancy and public policy, most recently at DCLG as an ESRC-DCLG Senior Policy Adviser, covering migration, localism, regeneration and economic development issues. In 2004 Max helped set up the Centre for Cities think tank, where he ran the research programme for three years. He is now a member of the Centre’s Research Advisory Board. He is also an Associate at the Centre for London, the Institute for Public Policy Research and IZA. Max blogs on urban policy at www.squareglasses.wordpress.com.
Kathleen ScanlonBA MSc
Research Fellow, LSE London, London School of Economics and Political Science
Kathleen Scanlon is a Research Fellow at LSE London. She has a wide range of research interests including comparative housing policy (across all tenures–social and private rented housing as well as owner-occupation), comparative mortgage finance, and migration. Her research is grounded in economics but also draws on techniques and perspectives from other disciplines including geography and sociology, and aims at improving the evidence base for policy decisions at national or local level. She is currently editing a book on Social Housing in Europe, to be published by Wiley in 2013. She has worked with a number of national and international institutions including the Council of Europe Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and Denmark’s Realdania foundation. A collector of languages, she speaks Spanish, Italian, Serbian, Danish and a bit of French.
Reader in Sociology, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
Don Slater joined the LSE as a Reader in Sociology in January 2001. After taking his BA and Ph.D from Cambridge (Social and Political Sciences) and spending several years in publishing, photography and community arts, he taught in the Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London, from 1987 till 2001.
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Christine WhiteheadBSc PhD
Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science
Professor Christine Whitehead is an internationally respected applied economist whose research is well-known in both academic and policy circles. She directs a multi-disciplinary centre including anthropologists, sociologists and geographers. She has conducted an extensive programme of research on various aspects of the housing market, with special reference to housing finance and subsidies, social housing provision and land use planning, as well as on urban, industrial policy and privatisation issues. Major themes in her recent research have included analysis of the relationship between planning and housing, notably with respect to the S106 policy; housing needs assessments; the role and financing of social housing in the UK and Europe; developments in private finance; policy evaluation; and more generally the application of economic concepts and techniques to questions of public resource allocation with respect to housing, education, policing and urban regeneration.