Melissa García-Lamarca cv

I’m an Associate Senior Lecturer at the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies. Affiliated member, Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability (BCNUEJ). Affiliated member, Beyond Inhabitation Lab. Co-founder and editorial collective member, Radical Housing Journal.

Previous positions

  • 2023. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning (DIST), Polytechnic of Turin.
  • 2016-2022. Postdoctoral researcher, Institute of Technology and Environmental Science (ICTA), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
  • 2003-2012. Co-founder, Member and former Director, Sustainability Solutions Group Workers Cooperative
  • 2012. Teaching Fellow, Development Planning Unit, University College London, UK.
  • 2011. Travelling Faculty, International Honors Program
  • 2004-2007. Sustainability Coordinator, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.


PhD Human Geography (2016). University of Manchester, UK. European Network of Political Ecology Associate Fellow (ENTITLE FP7).

MSc Development Planning, Building and Urban Design in Development (2009). Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, UK.

Graduate Diploma, Community Economic Development (2003). Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

BA Geography, Economics and International Development (2001). McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

Awards, grants and fellowships

  • 2023-2025. Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellowship, European Commission (only one year completed).
  • 2022. Postdoctoral fellowship funding, Juan de la Cierva Incorporación, Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, Government of Spain.
  • 2021. Co-PI, Antipode International Workshop Fund, Radical Housing Encounters workshop, Radical Housing Journal.
  • 2018-2021. Postdoctoral fellowship funding, Juan de la Cierva Formación, from the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, Government of Spain.
  • 2012-2016. Doctoral Fellowship Award, Economic and Social Research Council (ESCR) UK, North West Doctoral Training Centre funding (NWDTC) and Sustainable Consumption Institute Centre (SCI).
  • 2014. Best conference paper, Association of European Planning Schools (AESOP) Young Academics conference.
  • 2013. First year PhD poster prize, School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester, UK.
  • 2008-2009. Commonwealth Scholar to study at University College London, UK.
  • 2004. Force AVENIR Personnalité finalist, Quebec.

Invited talks (selection)

  • Interdisciplinarity in an urban research context. Housing financialisation and justice and urban green inequalities. University of Antwerp, June 2023.
  • Plan de choque for whom? Emerging configurations and impacts of green housing renovation in Catalonia. Green Geographies of Evaluation and Devaluation, May 2023.
  • Housing movements and property politics in Barcelona. Community Action Tenants Union (CATU) gathering, Dublin, Ireland, April 2023.
  • Endeudamiento, rentismo, ocupación: Investigar con/para la lucha por la vivienda en España. Seminario para el Máster de Urbanismo, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, November 2022.
  • Future of Finance workshop, Housing and Land panel. University of California at Los Angeles, USA (online) February 2022.
  • Discussant at the presentation of the report Financialisation of housing in Southern Europe, The Urban Transitions Hub (UTH) of ICS-University of Lisboa, Portugal (online), June 2021.
  • Socio-spatial housing inequalities and resistance in Barcelona. Housing affordability and the City Lecture Series, Norwegian Institute of Life Sciences & Politecnico Milano (online), April 2021.
  • Urban design conversations with BUDD alumni about Housing Justice (online), Bartlett University College London, February 2021.
  • Lecture on housing justice struggles in Barcelona and organization and moderation of round table with housing movements, for Resourceful and Resilient Communities (RECOMS) Marie Sklodowska Curie (MSCA) Innovative Training Network Winter School (online), February 2021.
  • Intervention at Futures of Social Housing (webinar), University of California Los Angeles, Jan 2021.
  • Deuda fallida, persona fallida: La vida y la lucha con la deuda hipotecaria, Instituto de Geografía, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (online), November 2020.
  • Debt diaries and activist research methods seminar at Methodologies for Housing Justice Summer Institute University of California at Los Angeles, August 2019.
  • Debate participant about the right to the city, University of Lisbon (Portugal), The Institute of Social Sciences, What Urban Futures? From Crisis to Hope, June 2019.
  • Talk on financialised housing, life, resistance and the law at University of London, Birbeck School of Law, Law at the margins of the city, March 2019.