Dr Pushpa Arabindoo is a Lecturer in Geography and Urban Design. Her research focus is on the emerging aspects of urbanisation and development issues in South Asian cities amidst the concerns of neoliberalisation and globalisation. Her PhD examined the rise of the new middle class in the Indian city of Chennai and how they paraphrased the 'right to the city' argument through a bourgeois discourse of propriety and property. She is also currently working on the changing nature of the urban environmental discourse in India following recent natural disasters including the 2004 tsunami and the 2005 floods. She initially trained as an architect/urban designer, and has more than ten years of practical experience in the urban regeneration sector in the UK and USA.
Dr Matthew Beaumont is a Senior Lecturer in the English Department at UCL. He is the author of Utopia Ltd. (2005) and The Spectre of Utopia (2012), and the co-author, with Terry Eagleton, of The Task of the Critic (2009). He is the co-editor of Restless Cities (2010). At present he is writing Nightwalking: a history.
Dr. Camillo Boano is a Lecturer at the Development Planning Unit, UCL, where he directs the MSc in Building and Urban Design in Development, and is Coordinator of the DPUsummerLab initiative. He has over 18 years of experience in research, consultancies and development work in South America, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Asia. His research interests are focused on urban development, contested urbanism, socio-spatial dialectics, design and urban transformations, shelter and housing reconstruction in conflicted areas, divided cities and post-disaster environments.
Dr Ger Duijzings is Reader and Head of Department of the Department of Eastern European Languages and Culture in the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies (SSEES). His research interests span ethnic conflict and violence; history, memory and commemoration; and cities and the urban experience. He has written very extensively on the conflict in the former Yugoslavia and is currently developing research into contemporary urbanisation in Romania.
Nightlaboratory is a research and fieldwork blog, created by Ger and research student Cezar Macarie. It reports on people who work, make a living, or survive one way or another in the nocturnal city, benefiting from the darkness, the quiet and lack of control and surveillance which the night offers. Instead of night revellers, who are familiar characters in the public imagination, we will look at those invisible and unseen people who are up, at work, and on the street at night. Follow @nightlaboratory on twitter.
Prof. Jenny Robinson is Professor of Human Geography in the Geography Department, UCL. Formerly Professor of Urban Geography at the Open University, she is author of Ordinary Cities, which offers a critique of urban studies from the point of view of cities in poorer countries. Her work challenges the conventional divide between western and 'Third world' cities, and argues for a truly cosmopolitan approach to understanding cities. Her empirical research has been focussed on South Africa, including studies of segregation and state power, and the politics of urban development. She is currently working on methodologies for comparative international urban research, and planning a comparative research project on city strategies and the circulation of urban policy.
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