Restructuring of urban and regional governance and the contested politics of urban regeneration and city-making
Funding period: 13 January 2016 – 12 January 2019
Type of funding: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Amparo’s background is in architecture and urbanism. Her primary research focus is in the areas of governance, urban policy and politics. Specifically, her research investigates the restructuring of urban and regional governance and the contested politics of urban regeneration and city-making, linking economic geography concerns of neoliberalism and the political economy of urbanisation to architecture and globalisation. Her current research involves: a comparative study of the politics of regeneration and the role of architects and architecture in urban policy and politics across different Southern European cities (Valencia, Lisbon and Rome); the extent to which megaprojects of iconic architecture (and the symbolic representation linked to them) contribute to generating consensus around entrepreneurial urban policies but also to challenging them; and, the role of ‘starchitects’ in the place-making rural economic development strategies of the La Rioja and Ribera del Duero wine regions.