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Previous PhD students

Richard Bramwell|; Juliet Davis|; Cecilia Dinardi|; Melissa Fernández A|rrigoitia|; Suzanne Hall|; Alasdair Jones|; Juergen Kufner|; Olivia Muñoz-Rojas Oscarsson|; Iliana Ortega-Alcázar|; Susan Parham|;  Attila Szanto|; Ricardo de Vasconcelos

The people above all completed their PhDs (or MPhil) in the Cities Programme from 2008.  Not everyone who did so is included here, just those people who already had their details on our PhD students page.  Where possible we have included an update on what they are doing now, but otherwise the information (e.g. publications, etc.) only goes up to the time they were awarded their PhDs.  Click on the name to go to their details.

Richard Bramwell

Richard BramwellEnrolled: 2007
PhD (2011): The Aesthetics and Ethics of London Based Rap: a sociology of UK hip-hop and grime

Research interests:
Richard's doctoral study was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. He has interests in the Sociology of Culture, Gender and Critical Race Studies, Contemporary Literature, Culture and Technology. 

Richard studied English (BA 1st Class Hons.) then Contemporary Literature and Culture (MA Distinction) at Brunel University, with a focus on post-colonial studies, literary theory and rap music. His current research is on the relationships between contemporary youth culture, technology, and the urban environment. In particular he is concerned with the ways through which young men and women develop particular social forms, representations of the urban environment, and political and economic goals through the use of rap, music, and technology.   


Juliet Davis

Enrolled: October 2007
PhD (2011): Urbanising the Event: present politics and future plans for London's Olympic Legacy

Research interests:
 I am interested in the social and political contexts of architectural design practice including its potential role in the regeneration of economically and socially deprived localities. 

Current (2013): Juliet is now Senior Lecturer at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University.

I trained as an architect between 1992 and 1999. Between 1999 and 2005, I practised as an architect for Eric Parry Architects in London where I acted as Project Architect on a number of architectural and urban projects. In recent years, I have run first year undergraduate programmes in architecture at Cambridge University Department of Architecture and Canterbury School of Architecture.  2009-2011: Cities Programme Fellow, convening the MSc 'City Design and Social Science' design studio with Suzanne Hall. I am a member of the NYLON research network and a founding member of the Cities Programme PhD research group, citiesLAB.  2011-12: researcher at LSE Cities, focussing on urban resilience in terms of the relationship between the design and governance of urban form.

Recent publications:

  • 2010. Davis, J., and A. Thornley, 'Urban Regeneration for the London 2012 Olympics: issues of land acquisition and legacy', in City, Culture, Social Inclusion, ed. by Robert Tavernor (= City, Culture and Society, In Press, Corrected Proof).
  • 2009a. Davis, J., 'For whose 'Benefit'? exploring the role of consultation in the Compulsory Purchase of the site for the 2012 Olympic Games', in How do views shape words? How do words shape cities?, ed. by Suzanne Hall and others (= Writing Cities Working Papers, 1 (2009)), 44-56.
  • 2009b. Davis, J., 'Urban Catalysts in Theory and Practice', Architectural Research Quarterly, 13 (3+4) (2009), 295-306
  • 2009c. Davis, J., 'Sustainable Communities'? Community, Consultation and the Compulsory Purchase of the site for the 2012 Olympic Games', in Sustain + Develop, ed. by Jonathan Solomon and Joshua Bolchover, (= 306090, 13 (2009)), 109-120.
  • 2009d. Davis, J., 'Inside the Blue Fence: an exploration', in Researching the Social and Spatial Life of the City, ed. by Juliet Davis and others (= citiesLAB Working Papers, 1 (2009)), 10-32.
  • 2009e. Davis, J., 'Making do in Benchspace', in Circulating Objects, 4: Touching the City, ed. by Oliver Froome-Lewis (Canterbury: Canterbury School of Architecture) (2009), 5-10.
  • 2008. Davis, J., 'Re-imagining Bishopsgate Goodsyard', Architectural Research Quarterly, 12 (1) (2008), 12-25.

Conference papers:

  • 2009. Davis, J., 'Sustainable Communities'? Community, Consultation and the Compulsory Purchase of the site for the 2012 Olympic Games', for Writing Cities workshop, organized by LSE Cities Programme, MIT Department of Urban Planning and Harvard Law School (London, UK), 02-04 June 2009.
  • 2008. Davis, J., 'Urban Catalysts in Theory and Practice', for Writing Cities workshop, organised by LSE Cities Programme, MIT Department of Urban Planning, Harvard GSD and Law School (Boston, USA), 13-15 April 2008.
  • 2007. Davis, J., 'Envisioning Regulation', for Regulating Design: The Practices of Architecture, Governance and Control workshop, organised by Professor Robert Imrie (King's College, University of London) 11 November 2007.
  • 2006. Davis, J., 'Towards the Urban Project: unpacking the pragmatics of the paradigmatic in architecture', for Paradigmatic Cities? conference (keynote paper), organised by The Royal Geographical Society in association with Queen Mary College, University of London, (Glasgow, Scotland), 03 November 2006.
  • 2006. Davis, Juliet, 'Subversive Intervention: re-imagining regeneration in London's East End', for Rethinking the Past: Experimental Histories in the Arts conference, organised by The University of Technology, Sydney (Sydney, Australia) 28-29 July 2006.

Other Speaking Events:

  • Building Futures debate: Data City - Doom or Boom, organised by R.I.B.A (The Apple Store, London) 8 July, 2010.
  • Legacy Now 5 + Legacy Plus: Interim Uses and East London's Olympic Legacy, organised by the Architecture Foundation (London), 2 - 4 March 2010.

Editorial Roles:

  • Olympic Fringe: a studio exploration of urban seams, ed. by Juliet Davis and Suzanne Hall (Cities Programme, LSE, 2010)
  • Founding member of the CitiesLAB Working Papers Series and Editorial Committee member of volume 1, 2009
  • Member of the Organising Committee for the LSE/ M.I.T/ Harvard workshop Writing Cities, 2009.

Curatorial Projects/ Spatial Interventions:

  • 2010. The (Temporary) Museum of Stratford, by Juliet Davis with The Architecture Foundation for The London Festival of Architecture.
  • 2009. Reordering the 2012 Olympic Site, an exhibition of maps and photographs forming part of a public event focusing on the Olympic Legacy hosted by the LSE and organized by the London Development Agency (LDA).

I have been a visiting critic for Cambridge University Department of Architecture, UCL Bartlett School of Architecture, London Metropolitan University School of Architecture and Spatial Design, UCA Canterbury School of Architecture and Yale School of Architecture. I have led field trips in London, Rome and Paris, focusing on urban and architectural history, theory and representation.

Lecture courses and recent studio projects:
2010. Cities by Cooperation: 4 lectures developed with Suzanne Hall that explore the collaborative nature of design practices at varying scales of intervention.
2009-2010. Olympic Fringe: a studio exploration of urban seams: a research and design project focusing on the urban edges of the Olympic site developed with Suzanne Hall for the Cities Programme MSc in 'City Design and Social Science'.
2008-2009. Inner Edge: a studio exploration of Bishopsgate Goods Yard, London: a research and design project developed with Witherford Watson Mann Architects and Suzanne Hall for the Cities Programme MSc in 'City Design and Social Science'.
2006-2010. Issues in Contemporary Architecture: 4 lectures developed for undergraduates at Cambridge University with Mark Power that focus on the relationship between political change and urban development in London and Barcelona.


  • 2008- 2010. A house extension for Dr. Jeremy and Mrs. Patricia Davis, Great Wilbraham, Cambridgeshire, with Bobby Open Architect
  • 2010. appointed member of the Advisory Board for the R.I.B.A think tank Building Futures


Cecilia Dinardi

 Cecelia DinardiEnrolled: October 2007

PhD (2012): Against the Culture Panacea: The politics of heritage, national remembering and urban regeneration in Buenos Aires

Research interests: sociology of culture, urban studies, cultural policies, urban regeneration, visual studies, and social research methods


Cecilia has been studying sociology since 1999, obtaining her BSc (Hons) from the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina, and then an MSc (Distinction) in Culture and Society from LSE (2006-2007). Her current doctoral research examines the cultural politics and political economy of a culture-led urban regeneration project involving the transformation of an iconic postal building in Buenos Aires. In London, Cecilia worked on urban-regeneration research and various community consultation projects (Strategic Urban Futures), and developed and managed a web-based research database on the cultural and creative industries (City University London, www.rccil.org.uk|).

In Buenos Aires, Cecilia was a researcher at the Instituto Gino Germani (Sociology of Culture team, 2003-2006), worked as a field researcher for a large number of consultancies, and spent two years working for the Government of the City of Buenos Aires (2004-2006).

She is currently working as a Research Officer at the Department of Cultural Policy and Management, City University London, and is a member of the NYLON research network.

Public presentations:

  • Speaker at the public launch of 'Researching Cultural and Creative Industries in London' (RCCIL) research database, City University London, May 2010.
  • Dinardi (2010) "Spaces of Commemoration: between physical and symbolic boundaries", presented at the NYLON 2010 Conference at the Institute of Public Knowledge, New York University (NYU), New York, March 2010.
  • Dinardi (2010) "Pensando el Bicentenario Argentino: memoria, cultura y espacio público en Buenos Aires", presented at the X Jornadas de Estudiantes de Postgrado en Humanidades, Artes, Ciencias Sociales y Educación , Universidad de Chile, Santiago de Chile, January 2010.
  • Chaired Sociology Forum, keynote address delivered by Prof. Ed Soja, Department of Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science, December 2009.
  • Dinardi (2009) "Writing an urban story from the walls of a building: The case of the Post and Telecommunications Palace in Buenos Aires", presented at the Writing Cities Workshop at the LSE, April 2009.
  • Dinardi (2009) "Renewing the city, rebuilding the nation: An exploration of the Argentine Bicentenary Celebrations", presented at the PILAS Conference (Postgraduates in Latin American Studies), organized by the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, February 2009.
  • Invited to participate at the Urban Age Discussion Workshop for the organisation of the annual Urban Age Conference to take place in Sao Paulo. London, July 2008.
  • Dinardi (2008) "Making place through culture", presented at the NYLON Urban Day workshop, University of Sussex, Brighton, May 2008.
  • Dinardi (2008) "Contesting culture, imagining the city", presented in the Writing Cities Conference, organised by Harvard-MIT, Boston, April 2008.
  • Responded to paper at the 6th Annual NYLON Project Conference, Watermill Centre for the Arts, Southampton, NY, March 2008.
  • Dinardi (2008) "Imagining the Cultural City", presented at the LSE Postgraduate Conference "Cumberland Lodge", Windsor, UK, January 2008.
  • Dinardi and Stamponi (2004) "Entre adoquines, tanguerias y pobreza", presented at the 2nd National Congress of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences, UBA. Panel board on City and Region. Buenos Aires, October 2004.
  • Dinardi and Lewin (2004): "Son Amores, aprendizajes en torno a la sexualidad y el afecto", co-presented at the 7th Argentine Congress on Social Anthropology in Villa Giardino, Córdoba. Subsequent publication on CD-ROM format. May 2004.


  • Hall, S., Fernandez Arrigoitia, M. and Dinardi, C. (eds) (2010) Writing Cities, vol. 1. London: London School of Economics and Political Science.
  • Dinardi, C. (2010) 'Writing urban stories from the walls of a building: The case of the Post and Telecommunications Palace in Buenos Aires', in Hall, S., Fernandez Arrigoitia, M. and Dinardi, C. (eds) Writing Cities, vol. 1. London: London School of Economics and Political Science.
  • Dinardi, M.C. and Lewin, H. (2007) 'Son Amores. Aprendizajes en torno a la sexualidad y el afecto', in Margulis, M. (ed) Familia, habitat y sexualidad en Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires: Biblos.
  • Dinardi, M.C. (2005) Secondary Data Sources in Argentina: comparison, description and subsequent analysis. Published as course material by Chair Susana Torrado, course Social Demography, UBA.

Contact: M.C.Dinardi@lse.ac.uk|


Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia   

MFernandez_smallEnrolled: October 2005
PhD (2010): Constructing 'the Other', Practicing Resistance: Public housing and community politics in Puerto Rico

Research interests:
gender/feminisms; post-coloniality; urban studies; housing; sociology and politics of space/place; women's human rights.

Melissa has a BA from Tufts University in Philosophy and Women's Studies and an MSc from the LSE in Gender and Development Studies, both focusing on women's participation in Colombian guerrillas and the integration of women, conflict and rights in Colombia.  She has trained in Applied Conflict Analysis and Resolution (American University), worked for the Center for Peace and Human Security (NYC), Amnesty International (London), and the Inter-American Commission for Women (OAS, Washington, D.C).  She currently works as book review editor to the Graduate Journal of Social Sciences and with the LSE London group.

Conference papers:

  • 'Creating the "problem of" and seeking "solutions to" Public Housing  in San Juan, P.R.: Locating the past in the present', 'Writing Cities', Boston MIT-LSE-Harvard Graduate Students Conference 04/2008 'Activism, Mobility, and Home', Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, Boston, 04/2008.  Panel 'Built Forms and Migrant Mobilities in Cities'
  • 'Relating to the "Other": Becoming, remaining, and responding', LSE Cumberland Lodge Sociology Conference, Egham, UK, 01/2008
    'Sustainable Public Places: Feminist Perspectives on Appropriation',  'Representations and Planning of Public Spaces' Symposium, Zurich, 06/2007
    Organizer, 'Alternatives: Gender, Community and Regeneration' Forum, London 11/2006 (developing concept, securing funding, forging liaisons with academic and practitioner community, building web-page, soliciting presenters, assessing and selecting material, coordinating logistics)
  • III Congreso Iberoamericano de Estudios de Género, Argentina 10/2006: presented research on women's formal and informal organization in Puerto Rico's urban low-income housing projects. Part of Viii Jornadas Nacionales de Historia de las Mujeres.
  • 'Beyond the Classroom Forum', Tufts University, Massachusetts 1999/00: discussed research on women's role in Colombian guerrillas.


  • Book review in Graduate Journal of Social Science 06/2008:  'Chocolate City,' documentary film by Walton, Ellie and Sam Wild (2007).
  • 'Reflejos de los Invisible', Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, Lisboa 04/2008

Contact: M.Fernandez1@lse.ac.uk|

Suzanne Hall

Suzi photo 2010Enrolled: October 2005
PhD (2009):A Mile of Mixed Blessings: An Ethnography of Boundaries and Belonging on a South London Street
Awarded the LSE's Robert McKenzie Prize for outstanding performance in a PhD programme. 

Research interests: As an urban ethnographer my research interests include ordinary spaces and everyday practices, social and political forms of inclusion and exclusion, and ethnography and visual methods.

Current (2013): Suzanne is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology and teaches in the Cities Programme, and Research Fellow in ‘Cities, Space and Society’ at LSE Cities. For more on Suzi including recent publications see her departmental Staff page|.

For ten years prior to my Ph.D research I practised as an architect and urban designer in South Africa, and ran a practice with Jacqui Perrin from 1999 to 2003. My focus was the role of design in the context of rapid urban transformation, explored through public projects in poor and racially segregated areas. I have taught in architecture and urbanism departments at the University of Cape Town and University of Cambridge. Project awards include the South African Rome Scholarship in Architecture (1998-1999) and the Housing Generator Competition sponsored by NAI (first prize, 1997). Projects that engage with the transformation of the South African City have been published and exhibited in:

2007 (Ed. Irving, M.) 1001 Buildings You Must See Before You Die, London: Quintessence Books

2007 'Architecture after Apartheid: Shaping the Rainbow Nation', in Architectural Review, June

2006 'Selected South African Projects', Xth Biennale di Venezia. 'Cities, Architecture and Society.'


Books and Edited Volumes
2010 Hall, S., Dinardi, C. and Fernandez, M. (eds) Writing Cities| (PDF), London: London School of Economics and Political Science (in collaboration with the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design and Harvard Law School)

Journal Articles
2010 Hall, S. & Datta, A., 'The Translocal Street: Shop Signs and Local Multiculture along the Walworth Road, south London, in R. Tavernor (guest editor), Theme Issue on 'London 2000 – 2010', in City, Culture and Society, vol.1, no.2, pp. 69-77

2010 'Picturing Difference: Juxtaposition, Collage and Layering of a Multi-ethnic Street', in Anthropology Matters, vol.12, no.1

2009 'Being at Home: Space for Belonging in a London Caff', in A. Datta (guest editor), Theme Issue on 'Home, Migration and the City', in Open House International, vol.34, no.3, pp. 81-87

2008 'Narrating the City: Diverse Spaces of Urban Change, South London', in M. Mitchell (guest editor), Theme Issue on 'The Architecture of Rapid Change and Scarce Resources', in Open House International, vol.33, no.2, pp. 10-17

Book Chapters
2011 (forthcoming) 'Being at Home: Space for Belonging in a London Caff', reprint from Open House International vol.34, no.3, in D. Hobbs (ed), Ethnography in Context: The Urban Condition, vol. 1, London: SAGE

2011 (forthcoming) 'Walworth Road – World Intersections: Moving, Pausing and Stopping on a Multi-ethnic Street', in S. Dobson, A. Rooke and P. Halliday (eds), Studying the City: Methodology, Experience and Politics, London: Palgrave Macmillan. Word count = 6123

Book Reviews
2009 Book Review: Calhoun, C. and Sennett, R. (eds) 2007, 'Practicing Culture', in British Journal of Sociology, vol.60, no.1, pp. 193-195

2009 Book Review: Shaw, W. (2007), 'Cities of Whiteness', in Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 164-166

Other Publications
2010 Building Confidence: the Emergence of the Bankside Urban Forest Project, A Process Case Study, commissioned by the Council for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE)

2010 Olympic Fringe, LSE Cities Programme Studio Publication||, edited with Juliet Davis

2009 'Visualising Difference: Picturing a Multi-ethnic Street'||, in Researching the Spatial and Social Life of the City, citiesLAB: The London School of Economics and Political Science, vol.1, pp. 49-65

2008 'Armed with our Inexperience: a Survey of the Walworth Road', in Street Signs, Centre for Urban and Community Research: Goldsmiths University of London, Autumn, pp.10-11

2008 'Urban Dialogues: Visions and Positions for Mumbai', in Urban Age Bulletin, January

2007 'Urban Infill', in L. Bremner & P. Subiros (eds), Johannesburg: Emerging? Diverging Metropolis, Mendriso Academy Press, pp. 134-135

2007 'Regeneration Rhetoric: Questions of Good Form for City Making', working paper in Learning from Mumbai, pp. 37-41, Urban Age Seminar, 29 May-15 June 2007, Cities Programme LSE, Department of Urban Studies and Planning MIT & Harvard Law School

2007 A City Distilled, exhibition catalogue for Glenys Johnson, James Hyman Gallery, London

2006 'Philippi Public Transport Interchange' co-authored with J. Perrin, in T. Deckler, A. Graupner & H. Rasmuss, Contemporary South African Architecture in a Landscape of Transition, Cape Town: Double Storey, pp. 79-81

2001, 2002, 2003 editorial board, South African Architectural Digest

2003 Transforming Terrain, the Case of South African Cities, forward in South African Architect, Sept

2003 'Philippi Lansdowne Public Space Project', Digest of South African Architecture pp. 56-57

2002 'Foregrounds and Backgrounds to Housing', in South African Architect, Jan/Feb, pp. 41-44

2002 'Cities in Transition: The South African Realities' co-authored with I. Low, in The Digest of South African Architecture, vol. 6, pp.17-20

2001 'Philippi Public Transport Interchange', in Digest of South African Architecture, pp. 29-32

2000 'The Reinterpretation of the Quarry', in South African Architect, Set/Oct, pp. 68 – 69

1999 'Order, Time and Space', in J. Benci (ed.), Fine Arts Catalogue: The British School at Rome, pp. 62-65

1997 'Urban Generator', co-authored with T. Gordon, J. Less & B. Southworth, in H. Tilman (ed.) Housing Generator: Integration or Fragmentation?, Rotterdam: NAI Publishers, pp. 46-51

Contact: s.m.hall@lse.ac.uk| and see also Academic faculty|

Alasdair Jones

Alasdair-JonesEnrolled: October 2003
PhD (2008): On South Bank: the production of public space
Funder: Recipient of an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) '1+3' Full-time Studentship.

Research interests:
Urban Sociology/Geography; public space, the public realm and new forms of sociation/sociability 'out in public'; (re)conceptions of citizenship and identity; urban subcultures; urban transportation.

Background: Alasdair obtained a BA (Hons) in Geography (1st class with distinction) at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge. Remaining at Fitzwilliam College, he went on to complete an MPhil (with distinction) in 'Modern Society and Global Transformations' at the Faculty of Social & Political Sciences, before transferring the '+3' element of his ESRC Studentship to the Cities Programme, LSE.

In between and during his scholarly pursuits, Alasdair has been a research assistant at the Sigma Project (a specialist Corporate Social Responsibility consultancy) and at the LSE's Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR). Alasdair has also worked for Applied Information Group (researching for their 'Legible London' project) and CAG Consultants (as an assistant at a number of regeneration consultancy exercises) on a part-time basis. In addition, in March 2007 he completed an internship at the GLA (interning for Jenny Jones, London Assembly Member, Green Party Group) where he was responsible for compiling a report on the potential for improving the 'walkability' of London as part of a broader sustainable transport strategy for the city.

Conference papers:

  • Jones, A. (2006) 'Public Space and the practical accommodation of disorder at the Southbank Centre, London,' Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) e-conference Researching Contemporary Cities, 9th November 2006.
  • Jones, A (2005) 'Masterful Projections and Everyday Life at the South Bank Centre: Theorising activity in the open spaces of "a world-class centre for the arts",' paper presented at the NYU/LSE NYLON Conference, NYU London, 12-13th March 2005.
  • Jones, A. (2004) 'The Political Economy of Public Space: Theorising the South Bank, London,' paper presented at the ISA's New Urbanscapes: Theoretical and Methodological Approaches, University of Coimbra, 6-12th September 2004.
  • Jones, A. (2004) 'The Political Economy of Public Space: Theorising the South Bank, London,' paper presented at the UrbEurope RTN, Humboldt University Berlin, 17-20th November 2004.

Selected publications and reports:

Recent work experience:

During the final stages of his PhD, Alasdair worked as Project Officer for the Thames Strategy Kew-to-Chelsea (TSKC). TSKC seeks to derive an overarching strategy for the development of the Thames and its environs in west London, and to do so brings together agencies and stakeholders from the public, private and third sector with the aim of producing a coherent planning framework. At TSKC, Alasdair was charged with revising the original (2002) Strategy document in accordance with new land-use planning policies in London.

Immediately after submitting his PhD, Alasdair joined the British Urban Regeneration Association (BURA) on a temporary basis as a Senior Researcher. There he was charged with managing a series of expert interviews for a research project looking at the implications posed by road-user charging proposals on urban regeneration schemes in the UK.

On the back of both his PhD and the various pieces of work experience described above Alasdair joined the charity Living Streets in September 2008. Living Streets is a national charity which works with its supporters to create safe, attractive and enjoyable streets and public spaces where people want to walk. As London Co-ordinator at Living Streets Alasdair was responsible for managing relationships with public bodies, organising local activists and groups, and leading on the organisation's policy work in the capital.

In September 2009 Alasdair joined the Royal Society for the Arts (RSA) as a senior researcher to work on its 'Connected Communities|' programme. This project seeks to better understand the distribution and potential of stocks of social capital in local communities by combining social network analysis and action research techniques. In this role Alasdair oversaw the collection of network data in New Cross Gate, southeast London, and used social network analysis techniques to analyse and interpret the data collected.

In June 2010 Alasdair joined the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as a Research Fellow. Alasdair is working in the Faculty of Public Health as part of the School's 'Transport and Health Group' conducting qualitative research as part of an interdisciplinary project looking at the public health impact of free bus travel for 12-17 year-olds in London.  

Current (2012): Alasdair has taken up a new post as a Research Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire’s Centre for Sustainable Communities (CSC). Working with the CSC’s Head of Urbanism (Dr Susan Parham, PhD 2009), Alasdair will be leading on a comparative study of sustainable living practices in the UK and Australia. As part of this research project, which is co-funded by the University of Hertfordshire and Lafarge, Alasdair is due to join the University of New South Wales’s City Futures research centre as a Visiting Fellow during 2012.

Juergen Kufner

clip_image002_smallEnrolled: October 2006
PhD (2012): Tall building policy making and implementation in central London: Visual impacts on regionally protected views from 2000 to 2008

LSE Research Studentship (2010-2011)
AHRC Doctoral Award (2007-2010)
LSE Research Studentship (2006-2007)

Research Interests:
Tall Buildings; British town planning; Interest advocacy in policy making and implementation; Assessment of Urban & Architectural Design Quality; Interpretive qualitative analysis and fieldwork.

Background: Juergen studied at Fachhochschule Regensburg in Germany where he obtained his first professional degree (Dipl.-Ing.) in architecture. Funded by the German-American Fulbright Commission and the Institute of International Education, he subsequently studied for a post-graduate Master of Architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in the USA. As an architect, he has worked for private offices in Germany, Switzerland, and the UK.


  • Kufner, J. (2009). 'Co-producing policies, visual representations and negotiations of tall buildings'. In Hackney, F.; Glynne, J.; Minton, V. (Eds.), Networks of Design: Proceedings of the 2008 Annual International Conference of the Design History Society (UK) University College Falmouth, 3-6 September (pp. 175-182). Boca Raton: Universal Publishers

Conference Papers:

  • Kufner, J. (2012). ‘Conflict resolution in the face of mutually exclusive positions
    Visual impacts of tall buildings on regionally protected views in central London’ presented at Communication & Planning: Annual Meeting of the AESOP YA, School of Real Estate and Planning, University of Reading, 18-19 April 2012
  • Kufner, J. (2010). 'Tall Building policy in Central London', presented at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), Research, Academic & Postgraduate Working Group, First Meeting, IUAV University of Venice, June 17-18, 2010
  • Kufner, J. (2010). 'Tall Buildings in Central London: Eine Soziologische Untersuchung der Regulierung von Sichtachsen in Stadtplanung, Städtebau und Architektur'. Presented at an invited lecture at Hochschule Regensburg University of Applied Sciences, Fachbereich Architektur, Germany, 20 May 2010
  • Kufner, J. (2008). 'Legitimisation and illegitimacy in negotiations about tall buildings in central London'. Paper presented at: Writing Cities: MIT-LSE-Harvard Graduate Student Conference, Boston, MA, April 23-24, 2008
  • Kufner, J. (2008). 'Negotiating tall buildings in London'. Paper presented at: Fulbright Academy of Science &Technology 2008 Annual Conference: Energy & Innovation, Boston, MA, February 14-17, 2008
  • Kufner, J. (2007). 'Experiencing Past Present and Future of Places Virtually'. Paper presented at the 4th Annual Student Symposium; Architectural Humanities Research Association; School of Architecture and Visual Arts; University of East London; 21 September 2007

  Olivia Muñoz-Rojas Oscarsson

Munoz-Rojas-OscarssonEnrolled: October 2005
PhD (2009): War-time destruction and post-war urban reconstruction: case studies of Barcelona, Bilbao and Madrid in the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath
Funder: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) '+3' Studentship (EU student), LSE Research Studentship (2005-2006; 2007-2008; 2008-2009)

Research interests: Urban history, social and political theory, visual culture, art history.

Background: Olivia studied Political Science at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) (1996-2001) and Uppsala University (Sweden) (1995-1996). She took courses in Art History at Lund University (Sweden) (2001) and completed a Master in Humanities and Social Thought at the New York University (2002-2004). She has been a research assistant and researcher for institutions in Madrid, Barcelona and London, including the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (2001), the Open University of Catalonia (2004-2005), and the BURA (2007). She was awarded her PhD in May 2009.


  • Muñoz-Rojas, O. (March 2011), Ashes and granite: Destruction and Reconstruction in the Spanish Civil War and Its Aftermath (Eastbourne: Sussex Academic Press)
  • Muñoz-Rojas, O. (2010), 'Cities under Franco: a metonymical approach', in Hall, S., Fernández M. And Dinardi, C. (eds.) Writing Cities, Vol. 1.
  • Muñoz-Rojas, O. (2010), 'Stone, granite and concrete: three images of the urban under Franco', in International Journal of Iberian Studies, Vol. 22, Issue 2.
  • Muñoz-Rojas, O. (2009), 'Falangist visions of a neo-imperial Madrid,' in Journal of War and Culture Studies, Vol. 2, Issue 3, December.
  • Muñoz-Rojas-Oscarsson, O. (2009), 'Heritage protection and reconstruction during and after the Spanish Civil War: Lessons from the First World War, lessons for the Second World War', in Matthew Hardy (ed.), The Venice Charter Revisited: Modernism, Conservation and Tradition in the 21st century, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Muñoz-Rojas Oscarsson, O. 'Wartime destruction and post-war reconstruction: Barcelona, Bilbao and Madrid during and after the Spanish Civil War,' in Rakoczy, L. (ed.) Archaeology of Destruction (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press).
  • Potts, G., Muñoz-Rojas O. et al. (2008) Suburban Regeneration. The Real Challenges, BURA, London 2008.
  • Muñoz-Rojas Oscarsson, O. (2006) 'La Europa dels cafés - algunes reflexions sobre eurocentrisme i modernitat', Temps d'Educació, n. 30, Autumn.
  • Khan, R. P. and Muñoz-Rojas, O. (2004), 'The City of Traumas, The Trauma of Cities: Modes of Preservation and Commemoration in Berlin, Hiroshima, and New York,' in Bettina Fraisl & Monika Stromberger (eds.), Stadt und Trauma/City and Trauma, (Würzburg: Köönigshausen & Neumann).

Conference papers:

  • 2010 'Arqueología, turismo y nostalgia en la Barcelona de posguerra'('Archaeology, tourism and nostalgia in post-war Barcelona'), Association for Contemporary Iberian Studies Conference 2010, 6-8 September.
  • 2010 'Legados incómodos. ¿Qué hacer con el patrimonio arquitectónico y urbanístico de los regímenes totalitarios y represivos?' (Uncomfortable legacies. What should be done with the urban and architectural heritage of totalitarian and repressive regimes?), Casa de Ondas, Mexico City, 8 July.
  • 2009 'Stone, granite and concrete: three images of the urban under Franco', Hispanic Research Centre Seminar Series, Hispanic Research Centre, Roehampton University, London, 24 November.
  • 2009 'Metonyms for a dictatorship: cities under Franco', Writing Cities Workshop
  • 2009, LSE Cities Programme, MIT Department of Urban Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design and Harvard Law School, 1-3 June.
  • 2009 'On Falangist relics and Egyptian temples: the remarkable history of the ruins of the Cuartel de la Montaña', XVI Jornadas de Estudio de la Imágen: Imaginar_Historiar, Centro 2 de Mayo, Móstoles (Madrid), 20-23 May.
  • 2009 'Stone, granite and concrete: three images of the urban under Franco', 7th Annual NYLON Graduate Student Conference, CRASSH, Cambridge, 12-15 March.
  • 2008 'A retrospective of post-war urban reconstruction in Spain', I CECC Conference on Culture and Conflict, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon, 2-3 December.
  • 2008 'Franco's New Spain (1939-1975): A case of nostalgia for empire in a modern dictatorial regime', Nostalgia and the Shapes of History Conference, Queen Mary (University of London), 13-14 June.
  • 2008 'metonyms, metaphors, cities and the city', Writing Cities Conference 2008, MIT Department of Urban Planning, LSE Cities Programme and Harvard Law School, Cambridge MA, 23-24 April.
  • 2008 'Imperial Madrid and the Falangist Party's Headquarters: The story of two unrealised projects in Franco's New Spain,' 6th Annual NYLON Graduate Student Conference, Watermill Center, Southampton, NY, 14-16 March.
  • 2008 'Troubled memories and unrealised plans: Madrid's Cuartel de la Montaña during the civil war and the Franco regime (1936-1972),' The Spanish Civil War: History, Memory and Representation conference, Welsh Centre of International Affairs, Cardiff, 9-10 February.
  • 2007 'War-time Destruction and Post-war Reconstruction of Spanish Cities in the Context of the Civil War and the Postwar Period: Barcelona, Bilbao, and Madrid (1936-1959),' Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies Seminar Programme, LSE, 14 November.
  • 2007 'The (re)creation of Barcelona's historic centre in the context of Franco's dictatorship and the emergent Spanish tourist industry: The opening of Avenida de la Catedral and the disclosure of the Roman city-wall in the 1940s and 50s', The Past in the Present conference, The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, 26-29 October.
  • 2007 Munoz-Rojas, O. and Shankar, P., 'Performing Spaces of Religion', working paper in Learning from Mumbai, Urban Age Seminar, LSE Cities Programme, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning and Harvard School of Law, London, 29 May-15 June. Available for download at: http://www.urban-age.net/0_downloads/archive/08issue1-EBulletin/LearningFromMumbai.pdf
  • 2007 'Synthesis of official reconstruction initiatives in the post-civil war urban context of Spain,' Post-Conflict and Crisis Group Seminar, University of Cambridge, 11 May.
  • 2006 'Heritage protection and reconstruction during and after the Spanish Civil War: Lessons from the First World War, lessons for the Second World War,' The Venice Charter revisited conference, INTBAU, Venice, 2-5 November (paper not presented but included in conference proceedings).
  • 2005 'War-time destruction and post-war reconstruction: Bilbao, Barcelona, and Madrid and the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939),'the Archaeology of Destruction conference, University of York, 27th-28th May.

Contact: olivia2001e@yahoo.es|

Iliana Ortega-Alcázar

Resear2_smallEnrolled: October 2003   
PhD (2008): Brick by brick: building families and houses in Mexico City. Family practices in the consolidated irregular settlement of Santo Domingo.

Research interests:
urban sociology/family practices/ethnography

Iliana Ortega Alcázar studied Sociology at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and at New York University (NYU). She then completed an MSc in City Design and Social Sciences at the London School of Economics. Iliana has worked as a researcher at the Instituto Nacional de Estudios Históricos de la Revolución Mexicana (INEHRM) and for the LSE Urban Age, Mexico City Project.


  • Ortega-Alcázar, I. (2006) Family through housing: The family-house process in Santo Domingo, Mexico City, In C. Gomes (Ed.), "Social development and family changes". Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Press.

Conference papers:

  • Ortega-Alcazar, I (2004) 'Brick by brick. Building houses and families in Mexico City' paper presented at the ISA's New Urbanscapes: Theoretical and Methodological Approaches, University of Coimbra, 6-12th September 2004
  • Ortega-Alcazar, I (2004) 'Family practices in the consolidated irregular settlements of Mexico City: theoretical and methodological approaches' paper presented at the UrbanEurope RTN, Humboldt University Berlin, 17-20th November 2004
  • Ortega-Alcazar, I (2005) 'Self-help housing and family practices in Mexico City' paper presented at the BSA's 'Time, Space and Family Practices: A Dialogic Conference' Keele University,14-15 January, 2005
  • Ortega-Alcazar, I (2005) 'Family through housing: The family-house process in Santo Domingo, Mexico City' paper presented at the ISA's International Conference 'Social Development and Family Change', Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Mexico City,16-19 March 2005
  • Ortega-Alcazar, I (2005) 'A forest of aspirations: The family-house in Santo Domingo, Mexico City ' paper presented at the International Conference 'Doing, thinking, feeling home: the mental geography of residential environments' DUWO Congress Centre Delft, Netherlands, 14 -15 October 2005

Current work:

Research Associate, Department of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London. 


Susan Parham

Resear3_smallEnrolled: October 2002   
PhD (2009): Exploring London's food quarters: urban design and social process in three food-centred spaces.  The study hypothesis posits connections between the urban design of particular places and the existence of food relationships that may contribute to sustainable life in cities. Using a case study approach the work explores a complex spatial continuum from food deserts to fully realised food quarters.
Funder: Mix of self funding and funded by employer

Research interests
: urban design, urbanism; gastronomy, sociology of food; urban sociology, political economy of the city, sustainability, governance.

Current (2013): Head of Urbanism, University of Hertfordshire’s Centre for Sustainable Communities (CSC).

Background: Susan Parham has a first degree in political science, with postgraduate qualifications in town planning and more recently a master's degree in urban design from the University of Westminster, UK. She was a director of the UK based consultancy firm CAG Consultants, which specialises in projects focused on regeneration, sustainability and stakeholder engagement.

Susan is a member of the Board of the Council for European Urbanism (C.E.U.), which is dedicated to the pursuit of humane urbanism in Europe's cities, towns, and villages and to protecting its countryside from sprawl (www.ceunet.org||).  Susan acts as a design juror, most recently for the University of Bologna's Architecture School (www.unibo.it||), for the Congress for the New Urbanism's 2006 charter awards (www.cnu.org||), and as a charrette leader in Norway and Romania under the auspices of INTBAU (www.intbau.org||).  Susan is also an occasional urban design lecturer at the University of Greenwich.  She has been appointed as an academician for the Academy of Urbanism (www.academyofurbanism.org.uk||), a member of the Department of Community and Local Government's City and Regional Policy Development Panel and is a member of the SDC's Sustainable Development Panel. 

Susan was on the academic committee for the conference 'History, Heritage and Regeneration: The future of traditional architecture in Eastern Europe', held in Sibiu, Romania in September 2007 and on the academic committee for C.E.U.'s 2008 Congress held in Oslo from September 14-16 2008 on the topic 'Climate Change and Urban Design'.


  • "Reconfiguring urban Australia: ideas and projects", Introduction and topic editor, Urban Design Quarterly, April 2006
  • "Designing the gastronomic quarter", Food and the City, Architectural Design Vol 75 No 3 May/June 2005, John Wiley and Sons: Chichester
    "A Synthesis: New Strategies in Education of Architecture and Urbanism.
  • "Teaching of Architecture and Urbanism in the Age of Globalisation", Report of the Third Meeting, Council for European Urbanism, Viseu, Portugal, May 2004
    "Ageing, Housing and Urban Development", Report co-author, OECD, Paris 2003
  • "Governing Metropolitan Areas: Reinforcing Local Democracy", Report of the OECD Athens Workshop, Athens, September, 1998
  • "Better Governance for More Competitive and Liveable Cities", Report of the OECD-Toronto Workshop, City of Toronto, 1998
  • "Fat City. Why Bologna Works", Saturday Review Section, Australian Financial Times, February, 1998
  • "The Better Cities Program: Seminar Proceedings", Co-author with Jeremy Dawkins (Eds), University of Technology Sydney Planning Papers, Sydney: 1997
    "Governing Metropolitan Areas: Institutions, Finance and Partnerships", Report of OECD Stockholm Workshop, June, 1997
  • "Innovative Policies for Sustainable Urban Development" Co-author of report with Josef Konvitz, OECD, Paris: 1996
  • "Gastronomic Architecture: The Cafe and Beyond", Architecture Bulletin, RAIA, October, Sydney, 1996
  • "Food and Megalopolis", Proceedings, 9th Symposium of Australian Gastronomy, March, Sydney, 1996
  • "Megalopolis", Arena, No.16, April/May 1995, Melbourne
  • "Convivial Green Space", Proceedings, Seventh Australian Symposium of Gastronomy, Canberra, 1993
  • "Gastronomy and Urban Form", South Australian Winter Planning Seminar, Planning Education Foundation Papers, Adelaide, 1993
  • "Metropolitan Australia in the 1990s", Built Environment, Vol. 18 No. 3, Oxford, 1992. with Stephen Hamnett, (eds)
  • "Gastronomic Strategies for Australian Cities", Urban Futures, Vol.2 No.2, Canberra, 1992
  • "The Table In Space: A Planning Perspective", Meanjin, Vol. 49 No. 2, Melbourne, Winter, 1990 

Conference papers:  

  • "Women and urbanism: Do we need some new rules?" Presentation to Women, Planning and Design: International Perspectives, Queen Mary, London, June 2006
  • "The European City Model and its Critics in the Urban Age", Urban Age Reflection Paper, Urban Age London Meeting, January, 2006
  • "30 Years of the European City: Review and Prospects", Rapporteur's Report, Inaugural International Congress of the Council for European Urbanism, October, 2005
  • "Future Directions: A European Perspective", Three Generations Conference, Architecture School, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, September, 2005
  • "European Regional Planning: Perspectives from the Council for European Urbanism", Congress for New Urbanism XI, Pasadena, June, 2005
  • "Coding from a European Perspective", Creating a Civic Realm: The Place of Urban Codes, Princes Foundation, June, 2004
  • "Building Cities for Community & Identity", 40th International Making Cities Livable Conference, University of Notre Dame London Centre, June 2004
  • "C.E.U. Perspectives on EBD and charrettes", Enquiring by Design: The New Tools for Collaborative Design, Prince's Foundation, June, 2004
  • "The Charter for European Urbanism: Where are the ideas for sustainable regeneration coming from?" Urban Design, Regeneration, Housing, Urban Design Group Conference, Newcastle, February 2004

Contact: s.parham@herts.ac.uk|

Attila Szanto



AttilaEnrolled: October 2004
PhD (2010): Narrating the Urban in Contemporary Budapest
LSE Research Studentship, British Journal of Sociology, German Academic Exchange Service.

Research interests:
Urban design and social life; place and identity; narratives of everyday life; post-socialist cities; visual and qualitative research methods.

Background: Attila studied sociology at the Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, and photography at the State Academy of Photographic Design, Munich. He then completed an MSc in City Design and Social Science at the LSE. Attila has been a research assistant at the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR). He worked for LSE Cities, where he co-authored a report on the Bristol Welcome Points Survey, prepared for Lacock Gullam's Bristol Legible City Survey. Attila also worked as a part-time Lecturer at the Institute of Sociology, Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, as a project manager for the Chamber of Handicrafts of Munich and Upper Bavaria, and as a freelance journalist for sueddeutsche.de.


  • Szanto, A. (2004) 'Budapest nach dem Sozialismus - Wahrnehmung einer Stadt im Alltag' [The perception of post-socialist Budapest in everyday life], Sozialwissenschaftliche Informationen 33(1): 90-6
    Szanto, A. (17 Feb 2010) 'A legjobb üzenet az élhető város' [Promoting the liveable city], Interview published on Transindex Online, available at http://itthon.transindex.ro/?cikk=10922 

Conference papers:

  • Szanto, A. (2005) 'The Perception of Budapest in Everyday Life,' paper presented at the NYU/LSE NYLON Conference, London, 12-13th March 2005.

Contact: a.a.szanto@gmail.com|

Ricardo de Vasconcelos

Enrolled: October 2002
MPhil (2011): Design of urban space: the case of Parque das Nações 1993-2005

Research interests: Urban design; Urbanism and architecture; (Social aspects of) public space; Residential environments; Urban regeneration

Background: Ricardo Cruz de Vasconcelos was born in Porto, Portugal in 1971. He studied Architecture at the University of Porto and at the Milan Polytechnic School in Italy. After working as an architect in practices in Porto and London he joined the Cities Programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Contact: r.m.b.vasconcelos@gmail.com|