Dr Lazaros Karoliatas

Exploring the Politicising Urban in Times of Crisis: Urban Political Movements and Solidarity Networks in Greece

Funding period: 1 August 2017 – 31 December 2016
Type of funding: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Lazaros’s work is situated at the intersection of debates around the urban and the political. More specifically, he draws from urban political economy, discourse theory and the writings of political philosopher Jacques Rancière to explore the dominant ordering of urban spaces as well as its contestation by urban uprisings and movements. His ongoing research project (also funded by a Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant) focuses on the latter aspect and explores the proliferation of grassroots urban movements and solidarity networks in the midst of the ‘Greek crisis’ and in the aftermath of the squares movement. In doing so, the project analyses the political possibilities that such political experiments open up as well as the challenges and limitations they face in foregrounding and instituting an emancipatory urban politics.

Lazaros is taking up a Lecturing position at the University of Glasgow in the summer of 2017.