Neil Brenner

Professor of Urban Theory
UTL founder and director

critical urban theory; cities and hinterlands in geohistorical and world-ecological perspective; comparative-historical geopolitical economy; planetary urbanization; neoliberalization; alter-urbanizations.

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Martín Arboleda

School of Sociology, Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago de Chile

global political economy; resource extraction; urban political ecology; agrarian change.

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Michael Chieffalo

MDes with Distinction ‘14, Doctor of Design candidate ’20

urban theory, environmental history of urbanization, and animal-society relations

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Somayeh Chitchian

Doctor of Design '20

urban theory, migration- and logistics corridors, border studies, de/postcolonial thought, critical cartography, politics of circulation, politics of subjectification, the figure of "the migrant"

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Tamer Elshayal

Ph.D. candidate '18

urban theory, urban planning, political economy

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Brandon Finn

PhD candidate '22

African urbanization, informality, resource extraction, democratic governance, youth employment, ethnography and history

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Pol Fite Matamoros

UTL Communications Manager

architecture, landscape architecture and urban design; urban theory; industrial geography; urban political economy; environmental justice

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Swarnabh Ghosh

PhD Candidate ‘24

architecture, urban and regional planning; political geography; political economy; agrarian studies; anthropology of infrastructure

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Kian Goh

Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at UCLA Luskin School of Urban Affairs

global urbanization and environmental planning, urban political ecology, architecture and politics, environmental design and social mobilization in response to climate change

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Mariano Gomez Luque

Doctor of Design Candidate '18

vertical architecture, political economy, urban theory, science fiction studies, post-capitalism

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Daniel Ibañez

Doctor of Design candidate '15

architecture, urban design, urban theory, urban metabolism, urban political ecology, territorial and regional planning, operational landscapes, critical visualization

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Nikos Katsikis

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Luxembourg
Research Tutor, Royal College of Arts

urban theory, critical cartography, urbanization history, urban metabolism, urban design

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Ayan Meer

PhD candidate ’22, MIT

urbanization; global political economy; agrarian studies; migration; state theory; political philosophy; ethnography

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Marianne Potvin

Ph.D. candidate '19

urban theory; humanitarian studies; science technology and society studies; practical ethics

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Álvaro Sevilla Buitrago

Associate Professor in the Department of Town and Regional Planning at the School of Architecture, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

urban theory, sociospatial theory, enclosure and the commons, history of urban planning, capitalism

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Julia Smachylo

Doctor of Design candidate '18

urban and regional planning, urban design, geographic representation, urban theory, urbanization history, operational landscapes

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Caroline Filice Smith

Ph.D. candidate ‘24

political geography, critical legal studies, anthropology of the state, global political economy, offshore/onshore, sovereignty, transnational logistics corridors and enclaves, China, Sub-Saharan Africa

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Guy Trangos

Doctor of Design candidate '20

landscapes and urbanization of science, post-colonial urbanization, geographies of resource extraction, extreme territories, architecture, urban planning

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DOCTORAL ALUMNI

ALI FARD
Doctor of Design '17, Harvard GSD

 

PARTICIPANTS IN PREVIOUS UTL RESEARCH SEMINARS, 2013-Present

Spring 2018

Energetics of Urbanization
Instructors: Neil Brenner and Kiel Moe

RYAN BEITZ
Master in Design Studies '19

PAMELA CABRERA
Master in Design Studies ‘19

ANGELIKI GIANNISI
Master in Architecture ‘19

IAIN GORDON
Master in Design Studies ‘19

ANNE HUDSON
Master in Urban Studies and Planning, MIT-DUSP '19
Master of Science in Transportation, MIT-DUSP '19

AURORA JENSEN
Master in Design Studies ‘19

PETER OSBORNE
Master in Design Studies '19

ZLATAN SEHOVIC
Master in Design Studies ‘19

BOHAN ZHANG
Master in Design Studies ‘19

 

Spring 2016

Extreme Territories of Urbanization (3)
Instructor: Neil Brenner

RAWAN AL SAFFAR
Master in Design Studies '17
Master in Landscape Architecture '17

HERNÁN BIANCHI BENGURIA
Master in Design Studies ‘17

ALEX DUFFY
Master in Design Studies ‘17

GENEVIEVE ENNIS HUME
Master in Design Studies ‘17

CARLA FERRER
Master in Design Studies ‘17

JUSTIN HENCEROTH
Master in Design Studies ‘17

RENIA KAGKOU
Master of Architecture in Urban Design ‘17
Master in Design Studies ‘18

FRANCISCO LARA
Master in Urban Planning ‘16

ANDREA MARGIT
Master in Design Studies ‘17

JOHN MCCARTIN
Master in Urban Planning ‘16

AMANDA MILLER
Master in Design Studies ‘17

GUAN MIN
Master in Design Studies ‘17

RAMZI NAJA
Master of Architecture II ‘16

REBECCA NOLAN
Master in Design Studies ‘17

ANDREW STOKOLS
Master in Urban Planning ‘17

ASHLEY C. THOMPSON
Master in Design Studies ‘17

 

Spring/Fall 2014

Extreme Territories of Urbanization (2)
Instructor: Neil Brenner

DALAL MUSAED ALSAYER
Master in Design Studies ‘15

SHIRIN BAROL
Master in Design Studies ’15

GRGA BASIC
Master in Design Studies ’15

CHRIS BENNETT
Master in Design Studies ’15

MATTHEW BROWN
Master in Design Studies ’15

VINEET DIWADKAR
Master in Landscape Architecture ’15
Master in Urban Planning '15

LEIF ESTRADA
Master in Design Studies ’16
Master in Landscape Architecture ’16

ANA MARÍA QUIROS
Master in Design Studies ’15

 

Spring 2013

Extreme Territories of Urbanization (1)
Instructor: Neil Brenner

CHRISTOPHER ALTON
Master in Design Studies ’14

CHRIS BUCCINO 
Master in Landscape Architecture ’13

MICHAEL CHIEFFALO
Master in Design Studies ’14

DANIKA COOPER
Master in Design Studies ’14
Master in Landscape Architecture ’15

ROB DAURIO
Master in Architecture II ’13

TAMER ELSHAYAL
Master in Design Studies ’14

GHAZAL JAFARI
Master in Design Studies ’14

CONOR O'SHEA
Master in Landscape Architecture II, ’12 
Master in Design Studies ’14

MELANY PARK
Master in Design Studies ’14

MARTIN PAVLINIC
Master in Landscape Architecture '15

ROI SALGUEIRO
Master in Design Studies ’14

HECTOR TARRIDO-PICARD 
Master in Architecture and Urban Design ’14
Master in Landscape Architecture '15

 

Other Past Researchers

 

ALEXANDER ARROYO
Master in Landscape Architecture ’13

TRAVIS BOST
Master in Design Studies '12

HALLIE CHEN 
Master in Architecture I ’11

JUAN CARLOS CRISTALDO
Master in Architecture and Urban Design ’13

ALIKI ECOMENIDES
Ph.D., Harvard GSD '15

PABLO ESCUDERO 
Master in Design Studies ’18

PARKER EVERETT
Ph.D. in History, University of Chicago

JENNIFER LEE
Master in Urban Planning ’14

OSCAR MALASPINA
Master in Architecture and Urban Design ’13

KRISHNA MATTURI
Master in Design Studies '14

MARCUS OWENS 
Master in Design Studies ’13

EINAT ROSENKRANZ
Master in Architecture and Urban Design ’13

ALPEN SHETH 
Ph.D., MIT-DUSP '16

ADAM TANAKA
Ph.D., Harvard GSD '17

XIAOWEI WANG
Master in Landscape Architecture ’13

JAMES WHITTEN
Master in Architecture and Urban Design ’13