Confirmed Speakers


Here you find a continously updated list of all the speakers and workshop organisers

Dr. Angela Giglia, Anthropology, UAM-Iztapalapa. Mexico.

Angela is research professor at the Anthropology department at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM), Iztapalapa, Mexico. She holds a doctorate in Social Anthropology and Ethnology from the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris. Her research interests include uses and meanings of public space, ways of living, urban practices and the experience of precariousness.

Tania Guerrero Rios, PhD cand., Geography, UCL London.

Tania is a PhD candidate at UCL and member of the steering committee of the renown, student-led “Stadtkolloquium”. She studied Architecture in Mexico City before completing an MSc in Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences from TU Delft. Her research focuses on urban growth policies and their impact on affordable housing location in Mexico City.

Dr. Hanna Hilbrandt, International Planning Studies, TU Dortmund.

Hanna is Assistant Professor of Social and Cultural Geography at University of Zurich. Before she was head of the department “International Planning Studies” at Dortmund School of Planning/School of Spatial Planning and held post-doc research positions at the chair of History and Theory of the City, HCU Hamburg, and at Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space, Department „Regeneration of Cities“.

Dr. Laura Kemmer, Centre for Metropolitan Studies, TU Berlin.

Laura is a DFG Associate Fellow at the International Graduate Research Program Berlin – New York – Toronto at the Center for Metropolitan Studies, TU Berlin. She holds a doctorate from the University of Hamburg and an MA from Humboldt- University Berlin in International Relations with the concentration on Urban Sociology, Postcolonial Theory and Latin American Studies.

Dr. Peter Krieger, Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, UNAM Mexico.

Peter is senior researcher at the Institute of Art History (aesthetic research, IIE) and professor at the Graduate Programme of Architecture, both UNAM, Mexico. He holds a doctorate from the University of Hamburg, where he also was Aby Warburg Stiftungsprofessor in 2016. He works on urban transformations, landscapes and ecology from the particular viewpoint of their visual construction and representation.

Dr. Melanie Lombard, Urban Studies and Planning, University of Sheffield.

Melanie holds a doctorate from Manchester University, an MA in Planning Policy and Practice from London South Bank University and a first degree in Government from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her research explores urban informality and land conflicts in cities on a global scale yet with a particular focus on – and theoretically informed by – cities in Mexico.

Dr. Álvaro Sanchez Jimenez, Panama / Geography, UCL London.

Álvaro is based in Panama and holds a PhD from the Geography department at UCL, London. His research is on Local Government Transformations and Policymaking Processes while following a comparative approach to urban studies. He is particularly concerned with urban knowledge production from the region, here Latina America.

Dr. Monika Streule, Urban Sociology, ETH Zürich.

Monika is Senior Research Assistant and Lecturer at the chair of Sociology at ETH Zürich. She was visiting researcher at UCL London as well as UNAM Mexico. She holds a doctorate in Urban Studies and an MA in Anthropology, Sociology and Political Science.

Dr. Ann Varley, Geography, UCL London.

Ann is professor of Human Geography and Convenor of Gender & Sexuality Studies at the Department of Geography at UCL. She has been visiting lecturer/professor in Denmark, Norway, the US and Lebanon. She holds a double first class honours degree from the University of Oxford. Her work focuses on urban Mexico and Latin America and revolves around the central theme of housing and the home.

Dr. Kathrin Wildner, Urban Anthropology, HCU Hamburg.

Kathrin is professor for cultural theory and practice at HafenCity University (HCU) Hamburg. She holds a doctorate from the University of Hamburg and studied Ethnology and Linguistics at the University of Vienna. She is co-author of the anthology Stadtforschung aus Lateinamerika (2013). Her research interests are public space, transnational urbanism, artistic practices and ethnographic methods of spatial analysis. She is also co-founder of the urban research group MetroZones.

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