Oct 05, 2016
A belated but very enthusiastic welcome to our friend and colleague, Dr. Martín Arboleda, who joined the Urban Theory Lab in early 2016 as Urban Studies Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow on a 3-year appointment. Martín obtained his Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Manchester, UK, in 2015. His research engages with critical political economy, urban political ecology and science and technology studies, and has focused on the interplay between the geographies of resource extraction and processes of planetary urbanization, especially in the Latin American context. Martín has recently published several pioneering articles on these topics (in Antipode, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research and Geoforum) and is now hard at work in a closely related book project, Planetary Mine and New Spaces of Empire. Martín is also contributing to current debates on Marxism and science and technology studies—a new article is forthcoming next year in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space (an early view version is available at the journal's website). Alongside his dialogues with the UTL, Martín is also teaching a course on global capitalism in Harvard’s Department of Sociology. We are truly delighted to have Martín working with us here in the UTL—his critical insights, scholarly energies, intellectual generosity and passion for dialogue have already added so much to our research community. We are deeply grateful to the Urban Studies Foundation for its generous support of Martín’s work.