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

I am mostly focused 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, too.

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, etc.). In addition I have participated quite often in various social movements. This led me to focus, in particular, on the squatters’ movement over the last decades and to launch the activist-research network SqEK (Squatting Europe Kollective) in 2009. 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:

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.

2017-19, SqEK project, 'Squatting and Urban Commons', self-funded. PI: Miguel A. Martínez and Dominika V. Polanska.

2016-18, Principal Investigator, ‘Outcomes of Urban Movements and Local Governance’ [Impacts of the Spanish 15M on urban policies]. Funded by the GRF (General Research Fund), Research Grants Council of Hong Kong.

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Miguel A. Martínez