Visiting scholars

Every academic year, the Urban Studies Institute welcomes visiting scholars. In 2018-2019 these are:

Theresa Enright

March 2019

Theresa Enright is an Assistant Professor of Urban Politics and Governance in the Political Science Department at the University of Toronto. Primary research interests are in the fields of urban and regional studies, critical theory and comparative political economy. She published recently on global cities, transit-oriented development, mega-projects, and urban-suburban relations.

Benjamin Vis

February - May 2019

Benjamin N. Vis holds a Research Fellowship at the University of Kent, where he co-founded the Kent Interdisciplinary Centre for Spatial Studies. In 2012 he led the ESRC/NCRM research community Assembly for Comparative Urbanisation and the Material Environment (ACUMEN). He continues developing urban morphological research on Maya urban life and spatial organisation to make radical comparative contributions to urban studies and sustainable development.

Guy Baeten

First half of May 2019

Guy Baeten is Professor of Urban Studies at Malmö University and is the Director of the newly established Institute for Urban Research. He has previously worked at the universities of Lund, Oxford, Leuven and Strathclyde. Guy Baeten is interested in urban development projects and urban sustainability. He is the principal investigator of the FORMAS Strong Research Environment CRUSH -- Critical Urban Sustainability Hub.

He is involved in two research projects on smart cities with case studies in Toronto, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Antwerp that are running between 2018 and 2020. He is also part of a project that investigates histories of the sustainability concept in Malmö urban planning.

Iolanda Bianchi

Second half of September - First half of November 2019

Iolanda Bianchi holds a PhD in Politics, Policies and International Relations from the Autonomous University of Barcelona; in Regional Planning and Public Policy from the University IUAV of Venice.

Her research focuses on alternative forms to satisfy basic needs and fundamental rights in the city, studying the articulation between community-based initiatives and public policies under the theoretical framework of the Commons. She is a research fellow at the IGOP- Institute of Government and Public Policy (IGOP) - Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB).