Publications

Check out my books, selected journal articles and book chapters.

Books

Non-Performing Loans, Non-Performing People: Life and Struggle with Mortgage Debt in Spain

Series: Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation

Non-Performing Loans, Non-Performing People (University of Georgia Press, 2022) tells the previously untold stories of those living with mortgage debt in times of precarity and explores how individualized indebtedness can unite resistance in the struggle toward housing justice. Building from years of research and activism with the Platform for Mortgage-Affected People (PAH) in Barcelona and Sabadell, the book integrates a racialised, gendered and decolonial perspective into mortgage indebted realities and housing justice struggles in Spain. Non-Performing Loans, Non-Performing People explores two principal phenomena. First, how financial speculation is experienced in the day-to-day and differentially embedded in the dynamics of (urban) capital accumulation, and second, how collective action can liberate indebted households, transform subjectivities and propose new forms of inhabitation.

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Injustice in Urban Sustainability: Ten Core Drivers

Series: Routledge Equity, Justice and the Sustainable City series

Injustice in Urban Sustainability: Ten Core Drivers, with Panagiota Kotsila, Isabelle Anguelovski and Filka Sekulova (London: Routledge, 2022) uses a unique typology of ten core drivers of injustice to explore and question common assumptions around what urban sustainability means, how it can be implemented, and how it is manifested in or driven by urban interventions that hinge on claims of sustainability. Ten short empirical case studies in cities such as Barcelona, Glasgow, Athens, Boston and Montréal show how social and environmental justice is, or is not, being taken into account. Accessibly written for students in urban studies, critical geography and planning, this is a useful and analytical synthesis of issues relating to urban sustainability, environmental and social justice.

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Selected Journal articles

Radical Methodological Openness and Method as Politics: Reflections on Militant Research with Squatters in Catalonia

Antipode

We discuss the rationale and situated feminist and decolonial methodology of a mixed-methods militant investigation about squatting in Catalonia. We show that such a praxis, emerging from engagement in and with housing movements, is critical to support non-speculative forms of inhabitation.

Challenging the financial capture of urban greening

Nature Communications

We unpack how the financing of urban greening often results in elite value and rent capture, and unjust greening outcomes, and point to how cities can take action to ensure more socially just impacts of green financing.

Urban green grabbing: Residential real estate developers discourse and practice in gentrifying Global North neighborhoods

Geoforum

We propose the term “urban green grabbing” to depict how real estate developers and their financiers extract extra rent, surplus value, social capital, and/or prestige from locating or financing projects adjacent to new or up-and-coming green amenities, with benefits passed onto their investors and high-end clients.

“Everyone wants this market to grow”: The affective post-politics of municipal green bonds.

Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space

We consider what socionatures are produced with green bonds in Gothenburg, Sweden, and for whom. We argue that green bonds attract and circulate capital within the non-antagonistic sustainable order, and propose that affect can be harnessed to invest in transformative and emancipatory urban socio-environmental projects.

From occupying plazas to recuperating housing: Insurgent practices in Spain

IJURR (International Journal for Urban and Regional Research)

I propose the concept “insurgent practice” as a way of articulating how housing movements attempt to enact equality in everyday life and engage explicitly with socio-spatial and political questions related to an emancipatory democratic politics, contesting financial rent-extraction mechanisms at multiple levels.

“Mortgaged Lives”: the biopolitics of debt and homeownership in Spain

Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers

Drawing from the post-2008 mortgage default and eviction crisis in Spain, we expand the conceptual framework to examine mortgage debt by reconceptualising mortgages as a biotechnology: a technology of power over life that forges an intimate relationship between global financial markets, everyday life and human labour.

Book chapters

  • 2023. Housing and welfare in Catalonia, Spain. In M. Grander and M. Stephens (Eds.), Routledge Handbook on Housing and Welfare. London: Routledge. (release 2024)
  • 2022 with Neil Gray. Land Remediation in Glasgow’s East End: A ‘Sustainability Fix’ for Whose Benefit? In I. Anguelovski and J.J.T. Connolly (Eds.), The Green City and Social Injustice: 21 Tales from North America and Europe. London: Routledge, pp. 100-110. (PDF download)
  • 2022, with Aaron Vansintjan. Ordinary and extraordinary greening: Tensions amidst Saint-Henri, Montréal’s development boom. In I. Anguelovski and J.J.T. Connolly (Eds.), The Green City and Social Injustice: 21 Tales from North America and Europe. London: Routledge, pp. 187-199. (PDF download)
  • 2022, with James JT Connolly, Isabelle Anguelovski and Emilia Oscilowicz. Conclusions: A New Tale for the Green City? In I. Anguelovski and J.J.T. Connolly (Eds.), The Green City and Social Injustice: 21 Tales from North America and Europe. London: Routledge, pp. 311-321. (PDF donwload)
  • 2021, with James JT Connolly, Isabelle Anguelovski. Green Gentrification and Displacement in Barcelona. In G. Baeten, C. Listerborn, E. Pull & M. Persdotter (Eds.), Beyond housing displacement: conceptual and methodological issues (pp. 156-170). London: Routledge. (PDF download)
  • 2017. Recuperating the public through housing rights struggles in Spain. In J. Hou & S. Knierbein (Eds.), City Unsilenced: Urban Resistance and Public Space in the Age of Shrinking Democracy (pp. 44-55). New York: Routledge. (PDF download)
  • 2015. Insurgent acts of being-in-common and housing in Spain: making urban commons?In M. Dellenbaugh, M. Kip, M. Bieniok, A.K. Müller & M. Schwegmann (Eds.), Urban Commons: Moving Beyond State and Market (pp. 165-177). Berlin, Basel: Birkhäuser. (PDF download)