Dominic Teodorescu is a PhD candidate in human geography, with a master's degrees in Urban Planning from the Amsterdam Univesity (UvA). His research focus is urban geography and housing studies in Eastern Europe. Specific research interests include ethnographies of post-socialist aggregated communities and transformations of Romanian cities. His PhD project focuses on the changing patterns of geographies of struggles where a substantial part of Romanian Roma are forced to live.
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I have been employed as a PhD candidate since September 2013. My dissertation is constituted by various studies on Romanian Roma and their housing issues, the institutional planning and housing policies in Romania, and housing conditions of Romanian beggars that come to Sweden. More specifically, my intention is to determine i) how the Romanian planning issues can be understood through an anthropological lens, ii) how geographies of struggle in Romania are manifested in Bucharest and in segregated villages), iii) how power relations and absence of planing are manifested at local level in Bucharest, and iv) what the general patterns of the housing situation of Romanian Roma in Sweden are. My theoretical framework is predominantly inspired by critical urban and housing theory. I mainly use qualitative methods, including various ethnographic tools such as in-depth interviews and observations, and quantitative elements such as surveys and GIS.
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