Line Algoed

PhD Researcher and Teaching Assistant

Junior researchers Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research Housing Planning & Development
  • Current position PhD Researcher and Teaching Assistant
  • Contact Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Department of Geography
    Faculty of Sciences
    Building F – Room 4.69
    Pleinlaan 2
    BE-1050 Brussels
  • Phone 02 629 3384
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Line is an urban anthropologist whose research explores processes of gentrification and displacements in informal settlements in Latin America. She studies solutions developed at neighbourhood level which increase security of land tenure for residents in informal communities. Her research focuses on collective forms of land ownership, and how these forms protect informal communities from gentrification while promoting participation in neighbourhood improvement and local economic development. One of her main case studies is the Caño Martín Peña Community Land Trust in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where residents from seven informal communities have established the world's first CLTs in an informal settlement.

Current teaching

Seminar Geographies of a Globalising Europe

Key publications 

Algoed, Line, María E. Hernández Torrales y Lyvia N. Rodríguez Del Valle. 2017 (forthcoming). “El Fideicomiso de la Tierra del Caño Martín Peña: Instrumento Notable de Regularización de Suelo en Asentamientos Informales.” Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Working Paper.

Educational background

2011-2012 : MSc Culture and Society, London School of Economics

2001-2006 : MA Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University

Previous positions/employment

2016 - 2017 Independent Researcher, Proyecto ENLACE del Caño Martín Peña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2015 - 2016 Project Manager, Building and Social Housing Foundation, Coalville, UK

2013 - 2015 Project Director, Cospa Social Innovation Agency, London, UK

2012 - 2013 Project Officer, Self-Help Housing HACT Housing Associations Charity Trust, London, UK

2006 - 2011 Director of Development, INTA International Urban Development Association, The Hague, The Netherlands

2004 - 2005 Researcher, Asociación Grupo de Trabajo Redes, Lima, Peru