Dr Centner is a sociologist and geographer, focused on urbanism and international development, primarily in Latin America. His work falls into four main areas:
The lived experiences of connections between redevelopment and international economic reform.
The transformation of urban experiments from formulation to implementation to replication, especially the intersections of urban innovation with local inequalities.
The symbolic and material politics of expanding urban middle classes in middle-income countries (BRICS and the like).
The spatial and scalar features of LGBT politics, including in conditions of extreme disadvantage (such as lethal and/or legal homophobia).
In Latin America, he has carried out extensive fieldwork in Argentina and Brazil, as well as varied research in Venezuela, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. He has also been involved in projects in the United States, Turkey, Lebanon, and South Africa.
At the LSE, he teaches courses on urban transformations, linkages between social-economic-spatial change, qualitative methods/fieldwork, and social theory. He co-teaches (with Prof Gareth Jones) a course at the LSE-UCT summer school in Cape Town on "Urban Development & Planning in Africa." Prior to the LSE, he previously taught in the US -- in the Department of Sociology at Tufts University, near Boston.
Dr Centner completed his PhD in Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, and is working on a book manuscript entitled "Boom, Bust & Blur in Buenos Aires: The Urban Afterlives of Global Adjustment."