Visting researchers 2016-2017

Rachel WeberProfessor, Great Cities Institute, University of Illionis, Chicago
Rachel Weber is a Professor in the Urban Planning and Policy Department and a Faculty Fellow at the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she teaches courses and conducts research in the fields of economic development, urban policy, and public finance. She is the author of Swords into Dow Shares: Governing the Decline of the Military Industrial Complex and co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Urban Planning, a compilation of 40 essays by leading urban scholars. Her latest book, From Boom to Bubble: How Finance Built the New Chicago, was recently published by the University of Chicago Press. Recent articles on infrastructure privatization and real estate cycles have appeared in the Journal of Cultural Economy, Urban Studies, and the Journal of Planning Education and Research. During her AY 2016-17 sabbatical at the University of Barcelona she is researching how “progressive” mayoral administrations elected after the crisis balance their simultaneous antipathy toward and dependence on the financial sector.

In addition to her academic responsibilities, she has served as an advisor to planning agencies, political candidates, and community organizations on issues related to financial incentives, property taxes, and neighborhood revitalization. She was appointed to then-presidential candidate Barack Obama´s Urban Policy Committee in 2008 and by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to the Tax Increment Financing Reform Task Force in 2011 to provide recommendations to his new administration for reforming this financing tool.

Deborah MascarenhasMaster Student, Universidade de Coimbra
Giorgos koukoufikisPhD Candidate Urban Studies Unit Gran Sasso Science Institute L'Aquila, Italy
Katalin AmonPhD Candidate, Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations, Central European University, Budapest
As a researcher Katalin Amon is interested in issues of politicization and depoliticization, and, more specifically, in the ways and to the extent housing policies can be changed through politicization. She is conducting a comparative study about Barcelona (Spain) and Budapest (Hungary) to see how the politicization of housing by civil groups and NGOs have led to changes in policy practices and policy discourses.

Former visting researchers

Caroline Chapain University of Birmingham

E.Szczech-Pietkiewicz and Katarzyna Negacz Warsaw School of Economics

Julie Deweerdt University of Antwerp

Pedro Limón Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Sofia Pagliarin University of Leuven/ Università Milano-Bicocca

Monica Degen University of Brunel