Mara Ferreri

Fixed-term assistant professor
Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning (DIST)

Profile

Biography

I am Senior Researcher and Assistant Professor in Geography at this Polytechnic, and Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Geography and Environment, London School of Economics, UK. I am part of the ERC-funded Inhabiting Radical Housing project team and in the Core Team of the Beyond Inhabitation Lab (https://beyondinhabitation.org/). After a PhD in Geography at Queen Mary University of London, I held research and teaching positions at the London School of Economics, Durham University and Northumbria University, UK, and at the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain, on a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowship. I am also co-founder and editor of the Radical Housing Journal. My research focuses on housing precarity, temporary and platform urbanism, and struggles for housing alternatives. It deploys qualitative methods to investigate the precarization of urban space and living, collective resistance and self-organization. My research in the UK and Spain is interdisciplinary and often collaborative, incorporating approaches and methods from urban and cultural geography, spatial planning, visual culture, and housing studies. In addition to articles and chapters in various international journals, I am the author of the monograph The Permanence of Temporary Urbanism: Normalising Precarity in Austerity London (Amsterdam University Press, 2021).

Skills

ERC sectors

SH7_7 - Cities; urban, regional and rural studies
SH2_2 - Democratisation and social movements
SH7_1 - Human, economic and social geography
SH3_2 - Inequalities, discrimination, prejudice

SDG

Goal 10: Reduced inequalities
Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities

Awards and Honors

  • Queen Mary PhD Studentship conferred by Queen Mary University of London, United kingdom (2009)
  • Urban Geography Research Group Event Fund conferred by Royal Geographical Society with Institute of British Geographers, United kingdom (2012)
  • Antipode Foundation Scholar-Activist Project Award conferred by Antipode Foundation, United kingdom (2012)
  • Marie Curie Fellowship conferred by European Union H2020, Francia (2016)
  • Antipode International Workshop Award conferred by Antipode Foundation, United kingdom (2019)

Fellowships

Editorial boards

  • RADICAL HOUSING JOURNAL (2019-), Director

Other research or teaching roles outside Politecnico

  • Ricercatore a t.d. - t.pieno (art. 24 c.3-a L. 240/10), presso Northumbria University (1/10/2019-31/8/2022)
  • Ricercatore a t.d. - t.pieno (art. 24 c.3-a L. 240/10), presso Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (1/10/2016-30/9/2019)
  • Ricercatore a t.d. - t.defin. (art. 24 c.3-a L. 240/10), presso London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) (27/6/2016-31/7/2016)
  • Professore a contratto, presso Durham University (11/5/2015-10/5/2016)
  • Professore Incaricato Esterno, presso London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) (2/10/2014-20/3/2015)

Research networks

Teaching

Collegi of the degree programmes

Teachings

Master of Science

  • Global urban geographies. A.A. 2024/25, PIANIFICAZIONE URBANISTICA E TERRITORIALE. Collaboratore del corso
  • Global urban geographies. A.A. 2023/24, PIANIFICAZIONE TERRITORIALE, URBANISTICA E PAESAGGISTICO-AMBIENTALE. Collaboratore del corso
  • Global urban geographies. A.A. 2022/23, PIANIFICAZIONE TERRITORIALE, URBANISTICA E PAESAGGISTICO-AMBIENTALE. Collaboratore del corso
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Research

Supervised PhD students

  • Tommaso Cosentino. Programme in Urban And Regional Development (39th cycle, 2023-in progress)

Other activities and projects related to research

My research focuses on housing precarity, temporary and platform urbanism, and struggles for housing alternatives. It deploys qualitative methods to investigate the precarization of urban space and living, collective resistance and self-organization. My research in the UK and Spain is interdisciplinary and often collaborative, incorporating approaches and methods from urban and cultural geography, spatial planning, visual culture, and housing studies. In addition to articles and chapters in various international journals, I am the author of the monograph The Permanence of Temporary Urbanism: Normalising Precarity in Austerity London (Amsterdam University Press, 2021).


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