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Lecturer in Global Urbanism at University of Manchester

Following my first degree in Government from the London School of Economics and Political Science, she worked in the social housing sector for several years, in the grants and corporate affairs departments of the Housing Corporation, and as a housing officer for a major London registered social landlord.

This was followed by an MA in Planning Policy and Practice at London South Bank University, during which she carried out research in low-income neighbourhoods in Cali, Colombia on participatory planning in marginalised urban communities.

Her PhD at the Department of Town and Regional Planning, University of Sheffield, focused on the construction of place in low-income colonias populares in a provincial city in Mexico, exploring the discursive, social, spatial, cultural and political elements that contribute to their development as places in their own right, and within the wider city.

She completed her PhD in December 2009, and joined the Global Urban Research Centre in January 2010 as a temporary Lecturer in Urban Development. This was followed by the award of a Hallsworth Fellowship in January 2011 for a comparative study on urban land, conflict and violence across two Mexican cities, building on previous research findings and networks.

Since January 2014, she has been a Lecturer in Global Urbanism at the Global Urban Research Centre in the School of Education, Environment and Development.

University of Manchester


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