Research

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I am an urban geographer who is essentially interested in how and why cities change. I see cities as constellations of social forces that have the power to both liberate and exploit. As such, my concern with current processes of urban change is intricately linked with parallel interests in politics and government.

Although I trained exclusively as a geographer, my work is located at the intersection of urban geography, political theory and political philosophy. I tend to approach traditional geographical problems using theoretical developments in critical theory and political philosophy. In recent years, my engagements with political theory have been motivated by a desire to think through the foundations and implications of normative politics in an era of liberal, democratic capitalism.

As a geographer, I have tended to wed my theoretical interests with empirical studies. Keen to “test” theory against empirical “reality”, I have developed two principle areas of empirical study – urban social change (gentrification, socio-political movements) and urban state-craft (policy-making, development, democratic politics). The latter area has taken precedent in recent years.