About the Speakers

Prof. Nazgol Bagheri, University of Texas at San Antonio

Critical Qualitative GIS – Monday 21 June 14.15-15.15

Dr. Bagheri was born and grew up in Tehran. She started to enjoy the complexity of urban landscapes in high school when she observed the city while riding the bus. She received a Bachelor of Architecture in September 2004, a Bachelor of Computer Science in September 2006, and a Master of Urban Design in November 2007 from the National University of Iran (Shahid Beheshti). She worked as an architect for urban projects at an international design firm between 2004 and 2007. She earned her Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Geography and Sociology from University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2013.

Dr. Bagheri is interested in navigating disciplinary terrain in Geography, Urban Planning, and Social Anthropology to develop a working theoretical model to account for changes in the use and design of public space and the unique relationship between the aesthetics of modern planning, the gendering of spatial boundaries, and the contingent nature of public space in Middle Eastern contexts.

Oriol Nel·lo, Professor of Geography at the Universitat Autonóma de Barcelona (UAB)

City and the pandemic – Monday 21 June 15.30-17.00

Oriol Nel·lo has served as Director of the Institute for Metropolitan Studies of Barcelona, Member of the Catalan Parliament and Secretary for Spatial Planning in the Government of Catalonia. Among other works, he has authored La ciudad en movimiento: Crisis social y respuesta ciudadana [The city on the move: Social crisis and citizen response] (Díaz & Pons, 2015), Cities in the 21st Century (Routledge, 2016, co-edited with Renata Mele) and Barrios y crisis. Crisis económica, segregación urbana e innovación social en Cataluña [Neighbourhoods and crisis. Economic crisis, urban segregation and social innovation in Catalonia] (Tirant, 2018, coordinated with Ismael Blanco).

Dr. Begoña Amarayona, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

Visual based methods and ethnography – Tuesday 22 June 14-15.00

Dr. Begona Amarayona has an international PhD in Social Psychology at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Her main research interests converge on the field of urban studies from an interdisciplinary approch, specially focusing on: centre-peripheries relations; gentrification, touristification and displacement; marginalisation and the informal city; new left-wing local governments; and comparative and ethnographic studies, with special interest on qualititave and visual-based methodologies.

Professor Laura Fregolent, Università luav di Venezia

Collaborative mapping online research – Wednesday 23 June 14-15.00

Laura Fregolent (July 25th, 1966) is architect, PhD in “Sciences and methods for European city and territory” is professor at the Faculty of Urban and Regional Planning of the University IUAV of Venice.
Her particular research fields are related to: the interaction between tools of planning and sustainable development and the study of urban sprawl.

Prof. Verónica Crossa, Colegio de México (Colmex)

Research ethics and urban space – Thursday 24 June 14-15.00

Veronica Crossa is a human geographer based at the Centro de Estudios Demogtáficos, Urbanos y Ambientales at El Colegio de México, in Mexico City. Her research lies at the intersection between urban, political, and critical geographies. She has explored how urban excluded groups negotiate and struggle over changing configurations of power in their everyday lives, and has published her work in journals including Antipode, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, and Urban Studies. Her latest publication on these themes is her book “Luchando por un espacio en la Ciudad de México: Comerciantes ambulantes y el espacio público urbano”.  

Prof. Loretta Lees, University of Leicester

Discourse analysis and urban space – Thursday 24 June 15.15-16.15

Professor Loretta Lees joined Geography at Leicester in September 2013. She was previously Chair in Human Geography at King’s College London where she worked between 1997-2013, and was also Chair of the Cities Group. Before that, Loretta was a Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Canada (1995-1997) and a Visiting Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Waikato, New Zealand (1994-1995). Loretta was awarded a PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 1995. Loretta is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS), a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Loretta describes herself as an urban geographer and is internationally known for her research on gentrification/urban regeneration, global urbanism, urban policy, urban public space, architecture and urban social theory. Loretta was identified as the 17th most referenced author in urban geography worldwide (Urban Studies, 2017) and the only woman in the top 20. Loretta sits on the ESRC peer review college, and previously served on the ESRC Future Leaders panel, the ESRC postdoctoral award panel, the Research Committee of the RGS-IBG, and was Chair of the RGS-IBG Urban Geography Research Group.

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