Research

My work deals mainly with lacunae, absences and borders in theory – things I feel not quite explored, such as subtle dimensions of well known problems or overlooked instances of social reproduction. I’m interested in approaching elusive relationships as ‘candidates for existence’, proposing theoretical ideas for which frequently there is still no empirical content – recognising entities of a fleeting nature, immersed in contingent and noncontingent relationships – not all causally unrelated.

Ongoing work

I’ve been privileged to work with talented researchers, some of them very young. We have been tackling together issues that seem central if we are to push forward the boundaries of what we know about cities and societies. Right now, we are creating new approaches to the following problems:

Social entropy and the city

How can unpredictable individual acts amount into coherent systems of action? Our proposition is that space is an essential part of the cyclical reduction of the entropy of actions, guiding coordination.

Temporal geographies of encounter

Drawing on classic approaches such as Hägerstrand’s time-geography and recent explorations of social media locational data, we analyse the space-time structure of potential encounters latent in the urban trajectories of agents.

Segregated networks in the city

We propose a shift in the focus from the static segregation of places to how social segregation is reproduced through embodied urban trajectories.

The social effects of architecture

Could different architectural forms have different effects on what occurs in public spaces? This research attempts to grasp traces of the elusive effects of built form and distinguish them from other urban forces at play.

Convergence of performances

This joint research project aims to bring together different dimensions of performance into an integrated approach, and develop a platform for a multidimensional analysis of urban performance.

Morphogenesis: the invention of the urban block

This work examines how spatialities emerge and why they acquire recognisable morphogenetic structures that, from many possible paths, follow archetypal directions.
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