Opening Presentation for the New Housing Researchers Colloquium

Tuesday, June 26, 09.00-10.00, Ekonomikum, Room A114

More than just housing: The squatters' production of the city

Miguel A. Martínez, Professor of Housing and Urban Sociology, Institute for Housing and Urban Research, Uppsala University

ABSTRACT: This presentation explores the phenomenon of squatted buildings in European cities. I will develop my own trajectory as a researcher in this field by presenting how my primary research questions and hypotheses have evolved over the years and what results the study of squatting has yielded. In particular, given the context of the ENHR conference, I will question the role that housing played in various squatters' movement and its socio-political implications.

Miguel A. Martínez's work focuses on the study of urban and housing movements, citizen participation in urban planning and local governance. In particular, he has conducted extensive research on the squatters' movements in Europe. As a result of this he has edited The Urban Politics of Squatters' Movements (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) and (co-edited with Claudio Cattaneo) The Squatters' Movement in Europe: Commons and Autonomy as Alternatives to Capitalism (Pluto, 2014). He has also published on topics such as migration, anti-neoliberal social movements, urban cycling and activist methodologies. Professor Martinez has held previous teaching positions in the University Complutense of Madrid and the City University of Hong Kong. 

Moderator: Lina Hedman