Fernandez, Melissa

Dr Melissa Fernandez  

Department

Position held

Experience keywords:

Brazil; Puerto Rico; South East Asia; alternative housing; cities; co-housing; displacement; evictions; gender; geographies of home; migration; post-colonialism; qualitative methods; race; social housing; urban development; urban politics; urban sociology; urbanisation; urbanism

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I am an interdisciplinary scholar with a PhD in Sociology from LSE, where I also got an MSc in Gender and International Development, and have a bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Women's Studies from Tufts University. In between, I have worked in the field of international human rights in the UK, U.S., and Puerto Rico.

My doctoral work focused on the political, material and symbolic co-productions of public housing in Puerto Rico. I am interested in the links between housing displacement/evictions, urban development/urbanisation and activism/politics in the global North and South; interdisciplinary approaches to processes of urban ‘othering’ including the imports of gender, race and postcolonial theories to cultural and urban studies; co-housing formation and alternative housing practices in London; and in critical geographies of home and home unmaking. My analytic approaches and methods draw on sociology, critical geography, development, anthropology, gender and post-colonial studies.

I have recently published an edited book on Social Housing in Europe (Wiley, 2014), focusing on the latest policy and developments of this sector in most European countries. I am the principal research officer in a DFID project on the 'Urbanisation-Migration Nexus' in five South East Asian countries: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Afghanistan.

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Construction and Property; Policy and Regulatory Bodies; Public Administration

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Brazil; Europe; Latin America; London; Puerto Rico; South East Asia

Languages:

French [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Basic]; Portuguese [Spoken: Basic, Written: Basic]; Spanish [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)207 955 6522

Publications

2016

Kumar, Sunil and Fernández, Melissa (2016) The urbanisation-construction-migration nexus (UCMnSA) in 5 cities in South Asia PO 6425. LSE Enterprise, London, UK.

2015

Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa (2015) Lessons learned from the formation of a senior cohousing group. In: Understanding Intentional Communities Symposium, 11/06/2015, Cardiff

Kumar, Sunil and Fernández, Melissa (2015) Urbanisation-construction-migration nexus | 5 cities | South Asia LSE Enterprise, London, UK.

Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa and Scanlon, Kathleen (2015) Co-designing senior co-housing: the collaborative process of Featherstone Lodge Urban Design, 136. 31-32. ISSN 0266-6480

Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa (2015) Between ‘penthouse’ quasi-social housing and crisis urbanism: the case of Puerto Rico’s ‘Metropolis’. In: European Network of Housing Researchers, 28/06/15 - 01/07/15, Lisbon

Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa and Scanlon, Kathleen (2015) Collaborative design of senior co-housing: the case of Featherstone Lodge In: Gromark, S. and Ilmonen, M. and Paadam, K. and Støa, E., (eds.) Visions of residential futures: housing in transformation . Ashgate, Farnham.

Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa (2015) Between ‘penthouse’ quasi-social housing and crisis urbanism: the case of Puerto Rico’s ‘Metropolis’. In: Latin American Studies Association Annual Conference, 27/05/15 - 30/05/15, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Whitehead, Christine M E and Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa (2015) The European experience In: Garcia Freitas, Fernando and Whitehead, Christine M E and Santa Rosa, Júnia, (eds.) Finance and Subsidy Policies in Brazil and European Union: a Comparative Analysis . Cities Alliance, Brasília, 33-78.

Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa (2015) The rise of Puerto Rico’s crisis-citizen Open Democracy (26 Aug 2015) opinion

Whitehead, Christine M E and Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa (2015) Key areas for dialogue between Brazil and the European Union In: Garcia Freitas, Fernando and Whitehead, Christine M E and Santa Rosa, Júnia, (eds.) Finance and Subsidy Policies in Brazil and European Union: a Comparative Analysis . Cities Alliance, Brasília, 139-154.

Holman, Nancy and Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa and Scanlon, Kathleen and Whitehead, Christine M E (2015) Housing in London: addressing the supply crisis Knowledge Transfer, The London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE London, London, Uk.

Scanlon, Kathleen and Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa (2015) Development of new cohousing: lessons from a London scheme for the over-50s Urban Research & Practice, 8 (1). 106-121. ISSN 1753-5069

Scanlon, Kathleen and Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa and Whitehead, Christine M E (2015) Social housing in Europe European Policy Analysis (17). 1-12.

Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa and Beetham, Gwendolyn and Jones, Cara E. and Nzinga-Johnson, Sekile (2015) Women’s studies and contingency: between exploitation and resistance Feminist Formations, 27 (3). 81-113. ISSN 1040-0656

Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa (2015) Islington park street community: a model for alternative housing in London The London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE London, London, UK.

2014

Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa (2014) Unmaking public housing towers: the role of lifts and stairs in the demolition of a Puerto Rican project Home Cultures , 11 (2). 167-196. ISSN 1740-6315

Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa (2014) Housing relocations and evictions in Rio de Janeiro. In: The Challenge of Slum Research: an EcoHouse Initiative Conference, 9 January 2014, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa (2014) Alternative housing could be the answer to London’s housing crisis British Politics and Policy blog (8 Oct 2014) Blog entry

Scanlon, Kathleen and Fernández, Melissa and Whitehead, Christine (2014) A lifestyle choice for families? Private renting in London, New York, Berlin and the Randstad Get Living London, London, UK.

Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa (2014) Stories of cosmopolitan belonging: emotion and location In: Jones, Hannah and Jackson, Emma, (eds.) Stories of cosmopolitan belonging: emotion and location. Routledge, Taylor & Francis, London, UK. ISBN 9781138000643

Scanlon, Kathleen and Whitehead, Christine M E and Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa, eds (2014) Social housing in Europe Wiley-Blackwell, London, UK. ISBN 9781118412343

2013

Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa (2013) Book review: enduring violence: Landina Women’s lives in Guatemala Gender, Place & Culture A Journal of Feminist Geography, 20 (2). 264-266. ISSN 0966-369X

Whitehead, Christine M E and Travers, Tony and Scanlon, Kathleen and Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa (2013) Creating the conditions for growth Berkeley Group.

Scanlon, Kathleen and Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa (2013) Shifting social and material trajectories of a nineteenth-century South London home: a case study of Featherstone Lodge. In: Mobilising London's housing histories: the provision of homes since 1850, 27-28 June 2013, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, London, UK

Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa (2013) Creating a senior cohousing community in the UK: a case study. In: LSE Research Festival 2013: Exploring Research Stories Through Visual Images, 01 March 2013, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK

Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa (2013) Relocating homes and lives in Rio’s Olympic city. In: Urban age conference, 24 -25 October 2013, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2012

Beetham, Gwendolyn and Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa (2012) Precarity and privilege: a response to Linda Lund Pedersen and Barbara Samaluk Graduate Journal of Social Science, 9 (2). 19. ISSN 1572-3763

Scanlon, Kathleen and Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa and Edge, Anne and Whitehead, Christine M E (2012) The impact of three London conservatoires on the UK and London economies: a project for the Royal Academy of Music, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Royal College of Music, with Universities UK LSE London, The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Scanlon, Kathleen and Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa (2012) The formation of a senior co-housing community in London. In: ENHR 2012: Housing: local welfare and local markets in a globalised world, 24-27 June 2012, European Network for Housing Research, Lillehammer, Norway

Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa (2012) Una respuesta a 'maripily y yo' 80grados (1 January 2012) Blog entry

2011

Beetham, Gwendolyn and Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa (2011) Editorial: interdisciplinarity and the 'new' university Graduate Journal of Social Science, 8 (1). 23-29. ISSN 1572-3763

Scanlon, Kathleen and Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa and Travers, Tony and Whitehead, Christine M E (2011) An economic analysis of the market for archaeological services in the planning process In: Realising the benefits of planning-led investigation in the historic environment: a framework for delivery . The Southport Group, London, UK, 56-72. ISBN 9780948393204

Ball, Michael and Barker, Kate and Cheshire, Paul and Evans, Alan and Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa and Gordon, Ian and Holman, Nancy and Leunig, Tim and Mace, Alan and Meen, Geoff and Monk, Sarah and Overman, Henry G. and Power, Anne and Scanlon, Kathleen and Rode, Philipp and Tonkiss, Fran and Travers, Tony and Whitehead, Christine M E (2011) The government’s planned National Planning Policy Framework is a step in the right direction, but policy makers must ensure they get the incentives right, and that decisions are made locally British Politics and Policy at LSE (17 Oct 2011) Blog entry

2010

Beetham, Gwendolyn and Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa (2010) Editorial: inter/trans/post-disciplinarity: explorations of encounters across disciplines Graduate Journal of Social Science, 7 (1). 7-13. ISSN 1572-3763

Scanlon, Kathleen and Travers, Tony and Whitehead, Christine M E and Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa (2010) The impact of the 2012 Olympics on London Borough expenditure London Councils, London, UK.

Hall, Suzanne and Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa and Dinardi, Cecilia (2010) Writing cities: how do views shape words? How do words shape cities? Writing cities programme working paper, 1. Cities Programme, London, UK.

2008

Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa (2008) Book review: chocolate city: documentary film Graduate Journal of Social Science, 8 (1). ISSN 1572-3763

Expert Image

Social Housing in Europe provides an up-to-date international comparison and analysis social housing policy, practice and systems in 13 in-depth country chapters, with 9 topical thematic chapters written by international housing experts.

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Awards

2014 DFID Grant: 'Urbanisation-Migration Nexus Project (UM-Np) - Regional Research in Asia' 2014 Higher Education Innovation Fund Grant: 'Housing in London: Addressing the Crisis' 2012-13 STICERD/ARC/Urban Age Grants for research project on evictions and relocations in Rio de Janeiro 2011: LSE Seed Fund Grant for Livelihoods and Relocations Project 2011: STICERD grant (with Kath Scanlon) for 'Social Housing in Europe' book project

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