Miguel A. Martínez

Course Director at Department of Sociology, Affiliated Faculty

Visiting address:
Engelska parken
Thunbergsvägen 3H

Postal address:
Box 624
751 26 UPPSALA

Professor at Institute for Housing and Urban Research

+4618-471 6545
Visiting address:
Trädgårdsgatan 18
Postal address:
Box 514
751 20 UPPSALA

Short presentation

My research mostly focuses on the analysis of urban movements and activism. In addition, I am interested in participatory processes about urban planning. Other topics under the umbrella of urban sociology and urban politics, such as housing policies, socio-spatial segregation, use of public spaces, sustainable mobility, local governance and gentrification, are part of my research work as well. More broadly: social movements, political sociology and qualitative methods.

Keywords: social movements urban studies housing urban sociology

My first interests focused on Participatory-Action-Research methods and processes. These were applied to the study of citizen participation in urban planning and urban movements, which nurtured my PhD dissertation in 2000. Afterwards, I held teaching positions in different universities of Spain, Portugal and Hong Kong. In parallel to my academic career I also worked professionally at the Municipal Housing Department in Vigo (2000-2002) and occasionally as a consultant as a sociologist in several urban plans across Spain. Other topics I have covered in my research are urban sustainability, segregation, housing, density, globalisation, mobility and governance. These concerns were developed in different cities (mainly Porto, Vigo, Madrid and Hong Kong, but also during short stays in Medellin, Chicago, Beijing, Berlin, Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, Belo Horizonte, etc.). In addition I have participated quite often in various social movements. From 2011 I widened my critical approach with the study of anti-neoliberal, pro-democracy and pro-commons movements such as the 15M / Indignados in Spain and the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong.

Current projects:

2020-22, Principal Investigator, ‘The intersectional and sustainable impacts of housing movements: the Spanish case’, FORMAS (Swedish Program for Sustainable Spatial Planning).

2019-22 Urban Struggles for the Right to the City and Urban Commons in Brazil and Europe. Funded by: STINT-CAPES. PI: Miguel A. Martínez and Dominika V. Polanska.

2018-21 Renovation and participation: towards an ecologically, socially and economically sustainable Million Program? Funded by: FORMAS. PI: Håkan Thörn.

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Miguel A. Martínez