Neil Brenner

Professor of Urban Theory
UTL founder and director

critical urban theory; cities and hinterlands in geohistorical and world-ecological perspective; comparative-historical geopolitical economy; planetary urbanization; neoliberalization; alter-urbanizations.

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Martín Arboleda

School of Sociology, Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago de Chile

global political economy; resource extraction; critical urban theory; agrarian political economy

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Sai Balakrishnan

Assistant Professor in Urban Planning, Harvard GSD

agrarian-urban capitalism; uneven development; institutions for governing urbanization; land-use and property regimes; restructuring of the local state

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Michael Chieffalo

MDes with Distinction ’14, Doctor of Design candidate ’20

urban theory, environmental history of urbanization, and animal-society relations

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Somayeh Chitchian

Doctor of Design '20

urban theory, migration- and logistics corridors, border studies, de/postcolonial thought, critical cartography, politics of circulation, politics of subjectification, the figure of "the migrant"

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William Conroy

Ph.D. candidate ’25

sociospatial theory, urban political ecology, racial capitalism, urban environmental history, the commons and enclosure

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Taylor Davey

Ph.D. candidate ’23

urban governance theory; global governance networks; urban political ecology; urban social movements; environmental justice

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Tamer Elshayal

Ph.D. candidate '21

urban and regional planning in the global south; international organizations and global urban governance; history of planning and international development; global urban history; critical and postcolonial urban theory; spatial political economy; infrastructure studies

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Caroline Filice Smith

Ph.D. candidate ’24

global political economy, the history of finance, political ecology, critical legal studies, urbanization, architecture, debt, risk, resource extraction, Appalachia

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Brandon M Finn

PhD candidate '22

African urbanization, informality, resource extraction, democratic governance, youth employment, ethnography and history

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Swarnabh Ghosh

PhD Candidate ’24

urban theory, agrarian studies, environmental history, historical geography of capitalism, political economy, STS, urban and regional planning

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Mariano Gomez Luque

Doctor of Design Candidate '19

vertical architecture, political economy, urban theory, science fiction studies, post-capitalism

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Thomas Shay Hill

Ph.D. candidate ’20

urbanization, critical geography, GIS, urban simulation, computer science, big data, history and philosophy of science

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Daniel Ibañez

Doctor of Design candidate '20

architecture, urban design, urban theory, urban metabolism, urban political ecology, territorial and regional planning, operational landscapes, critical visualization

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Nikos Katsikis

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Luxembourg
Research Tutor, Royal College of Arts

urban theory, critical cartography, urbanization history, urban metabolism, urban design

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Mojdeh Mahdavi

Doctor of Design candidate ’21

urbanization, critical urban theory, architecture and urban design, sociospatial justice, urban intelligence, big data, critical mapping, public participation, urban governance

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Ayan Meer

PhD candidate ’22, MIT

urbanization; global political economy; agrarian studies; migration; state theory; political philosophy; ethnography

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Álvaro Sevilla Buitrago

Associate Professor in the Department of Town and Regional Planning at the School of Architecture, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

urban theory, sociospatial theory, enclosure and the commons, history of urban planning, capitalism

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Christina Shivers

PhD Candidate ’22

environmental governance, natural resource extraction, political ecology, urban planning, technology

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Julia Smachylo

Doctor of Design candidate '20

urban and regional planning, environmental governance, urban design, geographic representation, critical urban theory, operational landscapes

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Rui Su

UTL Communications Manager

urban governance, housing, informality, global South, critical urban theory, financialization, commodity chains, social justice and equity, grassroots movements

Guy Trangos

Doctor of Design candidate '20

landscapes and urbanization of science, post-colonial urbanization, geographies of resource extraction, extreme territories, architecture, urban planning

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DOCTORAL ALUMNI

ALI FARD
Doctor of Design, Harvard GSD ’17

KIAN GOH
Ph.D., MIT-DUSP ’15

MARIANNE POTVIN
Ph.D., Harvard GSD ’19

 

PARTICIPANTS IN PREVIOUS UTL RESEARCH SEMINARS, 2013-Present

Spring 2019

Emergent Urbanizations:
New Territories of Urban/Agrarian Transformation
Instructors: Sai Balakrishnan and Neil Brenner

SALMA ABOUELHOSSEIN
PhD Candidate ’23

GÉRAUD BABLON
Master in Urban Planning ’21
Master in Public Policy ’21

MARIEL COLLARD
Master in Landscape Architecture ’19
Master in Design Studies ’19

TAYLOR DAVEY
PhD Candidate ’23

JOSE CARLOS FERNANDEZ SALAS
Master in Urban Planning ’19

SWARNABH GHOSH
PhD Candidate ’24

EVAN HAZELETT
Master in Urban Planning ’20

MALIKA LEIPER
Master in Urban Planning ’19

SAUL LEVIN
Master in Urban Planning ’20

HENNA MAHMOOD
Master in Urban Planning ’20

AYAN MEER
PhD candidate ’22, MIT

AYESHA MEHROTRA
Master in Urban Planning ’20

STEFAN NORGAARD
Master in Public Policy ’19

BENJAMIN NOTKIN
Master in Urban Planning ’20

TIMOTHY RAVIS
Master in Urban Planning ’20

SAMANTHA SAONA
Master in Design Studies ’20

CHRISTINA SHIVERS
PhD Candidate ’22

RUI SU
Master in Urban Planning ’20

RYAN THOMAS
Master in Design Studies ’20

STEFANO TREVISAN
Master in Urban Planning ’19

ZIJING WANG
Master in Design Studies ’21

KUANGYU XIONG
Master in Design Studies ’21

RENYI ZHANG
Master of Architecture in Urban Design ’19

ZIWEI ZHANG
Master in Design Studies ’20

SARAH ZOU
Master in Urban Planning ’20

 

Spring 2018

Energetics of Urbanization
Instructors: Neil Brenner and Kiel Moe

RYAN BEITZ
Master in Design Studies ’19

PAMELA CABRERA
Master in Design Studies ’19

ANGELIKI GIANNISI
Master in Architecture ’19

IAIN GORDON
Master in Design Studies ’19

ANNE HUDSON
Master in Urban Studies and Planning, MIT-DUSP ’19
Master of Science in Transportation, MIT-DUSP ’19

AURORA JENSEN
Master in Design Studies ’19

PETER OSBORNE
Master in Design Studies ’19

ZLATAN SEHOVIC
Master in Design Studies ’19

BOHAN ZHANG
Master in Design Studies ’19

 

Spring 2016

Extreme Territories of Urbanization (3)
Instructor: Neil Brenner

RAWAN AL SAFFAR
Master in Design Studies ’17
Master in Landscape Architecture ’17

HERNÁN BIANCHI BENGURIA
Master in Design Studies ’17

ALEX DUFFY
Master in Design Studies ’17

GENEVIEVE ENNIS HUME
Master in Design Studies ’17

CARLA FERRER
Master in Design Studies ’17

JUSTIN HENCEROTH
Master in Design Studies ’17

RENIA KAGKOU
Master of Architecture in Urban Design ’17
Master in Design Studies ’18

FRANCISCO LARA
Master in Urban Planning ’16

ANDREA MARGIT
Master in Design Studies ’17

JOHN MCCARTIN
Master in Urban Planning ’16

AMANDA MILLER
Master in Design Studies ’17

GUAN MIN
Master in Design Studies ’17

RAMZI NAJA
Master of Architecture II ’16

REBECCA NOLAN
Master in Design Studies ’17

ANDREW STOKOLS
Master in Urban Planning ’17

ASHLEY C. THOMPSON
Master in Design Studies ’17

 

Spring/Fall 2014

Extreme Territories of Urbanization (2)
Instructor: Neil Brenner

DALAL MUSAED ALSAYER
Master in Design Studies ’15

SHIRIN BAROL
Master in Design Studies ’15

GRGA BASIC
Master in Design Studies ’15

CHRIS BENNETT
Master in Design Studies ’15

MATTHEW BROWN
Master in Design Studies ’15

VINEET DIWADKAR
Master in Landscape Architecture ’15
Master in Urban Planning ’15

LEIF ESTRADA
Master in Design Studies ’16
Master in Landscape Architecture ’16

ANA MARÍA QUIROS
Master in Design Studies ’15

 

Spring 2013

Extreme Territories of Urbanization (1)
Instructor: Neil Brenner

CHRISTOPHER ALTON
Master in Design Studies ’14

CHRIS BUCCINO 
Master in Landscape Architecture ’13

MICHAEL CHIEFFALO
Master in Design Studies ’14

DANIKA COOPER
Master in Design Studies ’14
Master in Landscape Architecture ’15

ROB DAURIO
Master in Architecture II ’13

TAMER ELSHAYAL
Master in Design Studies ’14

GHAZAL JAFARI
Master in Design Studies ’14

CONOR O'SHEA
Master in Landscape Architecture II ’12 
Master in Design Studies ’14

MELANY PARK
Master in Design Studies ’14

MARTIN PAVLINIC
Master in Landscape Architecture ’15

MARIANNE POTVIN
Master in Design Studies ’13
PhD candidate ’20

ROI SALGUEIRO
Master in Design Studies ’14

ADAM TANAKA
PhD candidate ’18

HECTOR TARRIDO-PICART 
Master in Architecture and Urban Design ’14
Master in Landscape Architecture ’15

 

Other Past Researchers

 

ALEXANDER ARROYO
Master in Landscape Architecture ’13

TRAVIS BOST
Master in Design Studies ’12

HALLIE CHEN 
Master in Architecture I ’11

JUAN CARLOS CRISTALDO
Master in Architecture and Urban Design ’13

ALIKI ECOMENIDES
Ph.D., Harvard GSD ’15

PABLO ESCUDERO 
Master in Design Studies ’18

PARKER EVERETT
Ph.D. in History, University of Chicago

POL FITÉ MATAMOROS
Master in Design Studies ’18

JENNIFER LEE
Master in Urban Planning ’14

OSCAR MALASPINA
Master in Architecture and Urban Design ’13

KRISHNA MATTURI
Master in Design Studies ’14

MARCUS OWENS 
Master in Design Studies ’13

EINAT ROSENKRANZ
Master in Architecture and Urban Design ’13

ALPEN SHETH 
Ph.D., MIT-DUSP ’16

XIAOWEI WANG
Master in Landscape Architecture ’13

JAMES WHITTEN
Master in Architecture and Urban Design ’13