Professor Gareth Jones is a Professor of Urban Geography in the Department of Geography and Environment at LSE.
Gareth is an urban geographer at the LSE, where he teaches urban theory and ethnography on the MSc Urbanisation & Development. He is a founding member of the recently established International Institute on Inequalities at the LSE. He is also the first director of the LSE’s new Latin American & Caribbean Centre.
Gareth’s research has focused on the politics and representations of the urban poor, youth and violence, elite identities and gated communities, and comparative urban theory. He has mostly conducted research in Mexico, Brazil and South Africa, and is presently involved with an ESRC-NWO-DFG grant with colleagues at the Universities of Amsterdam and Munich on the commodification of poverty and violence in Brazil, Jamaica, Mexico, and the United States.
Dr Ryan Centner is an Assistant Professor of Urban Geography in the Department of Geography and Environment at LSE.
Ryan is an urban geographer and sociologist at the LSE. He contributes to the Regional & Urban Planning as well as the Urbanisation & Development programs at the LSE.
Ryan’s research and writing focus on city transformations in connection to large-scale shifts in economic structure, development models, and political orientations. He concentrates on the local, everyday forms of these changes in neighbourhoods, symbolic landscapes, and uses of urban space. Ryan’s work has mostly delved into urban change in middle-income countries (especially Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, and Turkey). An avid fieldworker, he has collected much of the lecture material from his own time spent in cities across Africa.