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 2015 Keynote Speakers


         Alain Bourdin

Alain Bourdin is a professor of planning and urban studies at the French Institute of Urbanism (Université de Paris Est Marne la Vallée) which he directed from 2003 to 2011. He is co-director of Lab’urba (Joint Laboratory the IFU and the Urban Planning Institute of Paris). Member of the Scientific Council of PUCA, where is currently leading the program “Observation platform of urban projects and strategies”.His publications include Le Patrimoine réinventé (PUF 1984), La question locale (PUF, 2000), La Métropole des individus (Aube 2005), Du bon usage de la ville (Descartes 2009), L’urbanisme d’après crise (Aube 2010) and in collaboration Un urbanisme des modes de vie (Monitor 2004) and Les règles du jeu urbain (Descartes 2006). Co-director of d’Espaces et Sociétés, and Secretary General of Cahiers Internationaux de Sociologie until their cessation in 2011, he is a member of the editorial board of the journal that follows the suit of CIS, as well as of Forum Sociologico (Lisbon), the Revue de l’Institut de Sociologie (Brussels) and SociologieS (AISLF). His main research topic is the analysis and the theory of action which, through its features, its actors, its cognitive systems, produces objects or socially skilled urban configurations.



         Benjamin D. Hennig

Benjamin is an academic geographer educated at the Universities of Cologne & Bonn and the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (Bremerhaven/Germany). He completed his PhD at the University of Sheffield (UK) as part of the Worldmapper project. In 2013 he joined the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford as a senior research fellow where he is also a member of the research cluster on Transformations: Economy, Society and Place. Benjamin researches social inequalities, humanity’s impact on Earth, global sustainability and new concepts for the visualisation of these issues.



         Andrea Pavoni

Andrea Pavoni is a post-doc fellow at DINÂMIA’CET – IUL, Centre for Socioeconomic and Territorial Studies, at ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon. He is assistant professor at the International Summer School on Urban Ethnography at the University of Trento, and co-editor at Non Liquet [The Westminster Online Working Papers]. Andrea is mainly interested in exploring the relation between law, space, control and justice in the contemporary city. His research interests include critical legal geography, urban studies, legal theory, sociology, art and philosophy. He recently completed his PhD at the University of Westminster with a thesis titled Exceptional Tunings: Controlling Urban Events. His current project focuses the mutual relation between urban space and protest, looking at how urban space allow for, modify or prevent the expression of protests, and how protests in turn affect and modify its social and material form. He recently edited with Andrea Mubi Brighenti the last issue of Lo Squaderno, on the ‘Urban Invisibles’.

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