Enrico Gualini

2016 Visiting Research Fellow

Fellows Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research Political Science (POLI)
  • Current position 2016 Visiting Research Fellow
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Technische Universität Berlin - Berlin University of Technology, Germany Urban development and planning conflicts in Brussels: a grounded-theoretical analysis of dynamics of contention and trajectories of transformation February-March & August-September 2016

Enrico Gualini is Professor of Planning Theory and Urban-Regional Policy Analysis at the Institute for Urban and Regional Planning of TU Berlin - Berlin University of Technology. After gaining his PhD in Planning from Politecnico di Milano (1997) he was affiliated with the University of Dortmund (1997-2000), and the University of Amsterdam (2001-2006) and had visiting scholarships in the US and several European countries (for more info: http://www.planningtheory.tu-berlin.de).

His research interests include the social construction of space and the political dimension of socio-spatial practices, with a focus on contention and conflict as their specific form of manifestation. He is founder and coordinator of the AESOP Planning/Conflict thematic group and he has recently edited two volumes on the topic: Planning and Conflict: Critical Perspectives on Contentious Urban Developments (Routledge 2015) and Conflict in the City: Contested Urban Spaces and Local Democracy (Jovis 2015, co-edited with J. Morais Mourato and M. Allegra).

During his 2016 visiting fellowship at the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies, Enrico Gualini will pursue his theoretical interest for contention and conflict in urban development and planning and apply it to local empirical case-studies. His focus will be on how contention and conflict develop in a field of tensions between de-politicization and re-politicization of urban development and planning, and on how the dynamics of mobilization and interaction involved and the coevolution of (ant-)agonistic action and political-institutional responses may develop into transformative outcomes. For this purpose, he will focus on empirical case-studies which may help exploring the application of theories at the crossroads between different traditions of research, such as social movements research, interpretive policy research, political philosophy, and planning theory.