Zeiderman, Austin

Dr Austin Zeiderman  


Position held

Assistant Professor of Urban Geography


Research Associate


Non LSE positions held

Center for Social Studies, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Research Affiliate


Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History

Visiting Researcher


Experience keywords:

cities; citizenship; colonial and postcolonial history; development; disaster; environment; ethnography; globalization; law; race/ethnicity; rights; risk; science and technology; security; social theory; the state; uncertainty; urban governance; urban politics; urbanism

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Austin Zeiderman is an interdisciplinary scholar who specializes in the cultural and political dimensions of cities, with a specific focus on Latin America. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from Stanford University as well as a Master of Environmental Science degree from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Colgate University. His book, Endangered City: The Politics of Security and Risk in Bogotá (2016, Duke UP), focuses on how security and risk shape the relationship between citizens and the state in the self-built settlements of the urban periphery. Austin is also beginning a new research project on urban, environmental, and infrastructural transformations motivated by the promise of a post-conflict future in Colombia. Aspects of Austin’s research have appeared in a range of venues, such as Antipode, Environment and Planning A, Public Culture, American Ethnologist, openDemocracy, and the Guardian. He has received fellowships and awards from the Fulbright Program, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation. From 2012 to 2014, Austin coordinated the Urban Uncertainty project at LSE Cities, where he remains a Research Associate. Raised in Philadelphia, he has previously worked on urban and environmental issues in Baltimore and San Francisco.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Colombia; Latin America


Spanish [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

Contact Points

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+44 (0)20 7955 6831

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+44 (0) 20 7955 7706

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Zeiderman, Austin (2018) Beyond the enclave of urban theory International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. ISSN 0309-1317 (In Press)


Zeiderman, Austin (2017) Book review: Asher D. Ghertner 2015: rule by aesthetics: world-class city making in Delhi . Oxford: Oxford University Press International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 41 (1). 182-184. ISSN 0309-1317

Zeiderman, Austin (2017) ¿Mantendrá la noción de amenaza una influencia decisiva sobre la política colombiana en el postconflicto? LSE Latin America and Caribbean Blog (28 Feb 2017) Blog entry

Zeiderman, Austin (2017) Will the politics of threat carry over into post-conflict Colombia? LSE Latin America and Caribbean Blog (6 Feb 2017) Blog entry


Zeiderman, Austin and Anand, Nikhil and Daniels, Stephen and Wolch, Jennifer and Swyngedouw, Erik and Gandy, Matthew (2016) Book review: the fabric of space: water, modernity and the urban imagination The AAG Review of Books, 4 (3). 179-190. ISSN 2325-548X

Zeiderman, Austin (2016) Adaptive publics: building climate constituencies in Bogotá Public Culture, 28 (2). 389-413. ISSN 0899-2363

Zeiderman, Austin (2016) Endangered city: the politics of security and risk in Bogotá Global Insecurities. Duke University Press, Durham, NC, USA. ISBN 9780822361626

Zeiderman, Austin (2016) Submergence: precarious politics in Colombia's future port-city Antipode, 48 (3). 809-831. ISSN 0066-4812

Zeiderman, Austin (2016) Prognosis past: the temporal politics of disaster in Colombia Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 22 (S1). 163-180. ISSN 1359-0987


Zeiderman, Austin (2015) Zones of uncertainty: governing urban environmental hazards In: Samimian-Darash, Limor and Rabinow, Paul, (eds.) Modes of Uncertainty: Anthropological Cases. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL, USA. ISBN 9780226257105

Zeiderman, Austin and Kaker, Sobia Ahmad and Silver, Jonathan David and Wood, Astrid (2015) Uncertainty and urban life Public Culture, 27 (2). 281-304. ISSN 0899-2363


Zeiderman, Austin (2014) Commentary on: 'Pandemic prophecy, or how to have faith in reason' by Carlo Caduff Current Anthropology, 55 (3). 312-315. ISSN 0011-3204

Zeiderman, Austin (2014) For Bogotá's desplazados, living in a high-risk zone is a very mixed blessing Guardian (28 Mar 2014) opinion

Zeiderman, Austin (2014) Security laboratories Public Books (15 Mar 2014) opinion


Zeiderman, Austin (2013) Book review: arts of security Public Books (14 Feb 2013) Blog entry

Zeiderman, Austin (2013) El Cartucho ist verschwunden In: Moloch, Kiez und Boulevard: Die Welt Der Städte. Edition le monde diplomatique (14). taz Verlag, Berlin, Germany, 83-85. ISBN 9783937683454

Zeiderman, Austin (2013) Securing Bogotá Opendemocracy (14 Feb 2013) other

Zeiderman, Austin (2013) Living dangerously: biopolitics and urban citizenship in Bogotá, Colombia American Ethnologist, 40 (1). 71-87. ISSN 0094-0496


Zeiderman, Austin (2012) On shaky ground: the making of risk in Bogotá Environment and Planning A, 44 (7). 1570-1588. ISSN 0308-518X


Zeiderman, Austin and Ramírez Elizalde, Laura Astrid (2010) “Apocalypse foretold”: a shift in the politics of risk in Colombia since 1985 Revista de Ingeniería, 31. 119-131. ISSN 0121-4993


Salcedo Fidalgo, Andrés and Zeiderman, Austin (2008) Antropología y ciudad: hacia un análisis crítico e histórico Antípoda: Revista de Antropologia y Arqueologia, 7. 63-97. ISSN 2011-4273

Zeiderman, Austin (2008) Cities of the future?: megacities and the space/time of urban modernity Critical Planning, Summer. 23-39. ISSN 1522-9807


Zeiderman, Austin (2006) Ruralizing the city: the great migration and environmental rehabilitation in Baltimore, Maryland Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 13 (2). 209-235. ISSN 1070-289X

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Bernard J. Siegel Award for Outstanding Achievement in Written Expression by a PhD Student in Anthropology, Stanford University; Roy A. Rappaport Graduate Student Award, Anthropology & Environment Section, American Anthropological Association, Finalist; Graduate Essay Prize, Society for Urban, National, Transnational/Global Anthropology, American Anthropological Association, Honorable Mention LSE Student-led Teaching Excellence Award for Sharing Subject Knowledge

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