Dr Ryan Centner is an urban geographer and sociologist at the London School of Economics. His research and writing focus on urban transformation as it is related to large-scale economic and political shifts, as well as how it matters for life on the ground in terms of social and spatial changes. Connections between redevelopment, struggles over space, and the politics of citizenship feature prominently in this scholarship.
Most of his work has dealt with middle-income countries (especially Argentina, Brazil, and Turkey), but he also has experience with cases in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and the South Pacific. Prior to joining the LSE, he was Assistant Professor of Sociology at Tufts University, and has held visiting affiliations at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Universidad de Buenos Aires.
He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. His research has been published in various academic journals, including Environment & Planning, the International Journal of Urban & Regional Research, and City & Community.