Call for The Lisbon Early-Career Workshop in Urban Studies (8-10 nov 2023)

With thanks to Simone Tulumello and colleagues for the invitation to join their wonderful workshop, check below for basic info on how to apply and attend. To get the full picture, please visit:

The Lisbon Early-Career Workshop in Urban Studies

Imaginaries of inhabitation, or, the future of planetary dwelling

3st edition – 8-10 November 2023

 Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa (ICS-ULisboa), Lisbon


Keynote speakers:

  • Michele Lancione (Politecnico di Torino)
  • Stephanie Wakefield (Life University)

The Urban Transitions Hub, the AESOP Young Academics Network and project “UrbanoScenes: Post-colonial imaginaries of urbanisation”, with the support of Research Group SHIFT: Environment, Territory and Society of ICS-ULisboa, will host the third edition of the Lisbon Early-Career Workshop in Urban Studies, from 8 to 10 of November 2023. Circa 30 PhD candidates and early-career scholars will have the opportunity to present and discuss their research projects and/or findings during a 3-days event organised as a space of exchange, debate and learning.

Who can attend the workshop

The workshop is open to PhD students and early-career scholars in the fields of urban studies, planning and geography, and all the social sciences and humanities with an interest on space.

A minimum of 8 seats will be reserved to members of the AESOP Young Academics, please mention in your motivation letter whether you are a member (registration to the YAs is free and open to all early-career scholars).

Application and registration

Applications open from 15 February 2020 to 30 March 2023.

Send an abstract for your presentation (max 500 words) and a short letter of motivation to and

Decisions will be sent by 30 April 2023.

Registration by 30 June 2023.

Submission of long abstract or short paper (max 5,000 words) to be distributed among participants by 30 September 2023.

Registration fee: 200€.


Launching a new Master in Urban and Political Geography in Turin!

In Turin we are launching a new Urban and Political Geography pathway within our Master in Geography and Territorial Sciences.

From Sept 2023 | All in English | With leading scholars | Beautiful City | Low tuition fees.

The curricula include courses on the birth of critical geographical thinking, urban & housing studies, racialised & gendered cities, history and spaces of capitalism, critical migration studies, southern urbanism, political ecology & more.

Check the full brochure:

For subscriptions & further info:

Feel free to contact me if you are interested or have any questions.

Collective international paper on ‘Early Career’ struggles in Urban Studies

When I was working at the Urban Institute and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning back in Sheffield, I designed and run for 3 years an ECR Post-Doc scheme to provide meaningful engagement to scholars who are too often isolated and not cared for.

Now that amazing group came out with this powerful international paper in City – Analysis of Urban Change, Theory, Action

A very powerful reading and expression of international solidarity:


PS – Chuffed by the generous acknowledgement… “We are grateful to Michele Lancione who established the ECR Urban Studies Network at the University of Sheffield, UK in 2018. Without Michele’s hard work, kindness, and support, as well as a dedication to empowering precarious colleagues, this article, the establishment of the Collective, and the international workshops from which they grew would not have been possible”

Launching 2019/20 Early Career Researchers Urban Studies support network

The Early Career Researchers (ECRs) Urban Studies Network is an Urban Institute (UI) and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (USP) initiative, supported by the Faculty of Social Science at Sheffield (FoSS).

It has been designed to provide a supportive space where to discuss issues and opportunities related to career development. It has been created and managed by myself – and I’m very happy to run it for the second consecutive year (after very positive feedback from the 2018/19 cohort).

The program for 2019/20 includes:

  • Seven two-hour training workshops
  • Two ECRs away-days
  • One writing retreat
  • The organisation of an ECRs-led event
  • 1-to-1 support with the network’s Director

Calendar 2019/2020

The program can be found here, and also on the image below.

For info on the network:
ECRs mailing list:


New Chapter in Deleuze and the City


A new book has appeared in the Edinburgh University Press’ series ‘Deleuze Connections’: Deleuze and the City, edited by Hélène Frichot, Catharina Gabrielsson and Jonathan Metzger. I am lucky enough to be part of this excellent volume that tries to (re)think the city through Deleuze and Guattari’s work on assemblages, affects and multiplicities.

My chapter is entitled ‘The city and the homeless: Machinic subjects‘ (click on the title to download it). The chapter revolves around two points. First, it contains a sketch of the vitalist take on the urban margins that I then further developed in my forthcoming solo-edited book on Rethinking Life at the Margins (Routledge, 2016). Second, it offers an introduction to the kind of analytical and methodological approach that I have developed in my PhD thesis an in recent publications around homeless people’s everyday experiences of homelessness. At a more personal level, this chapter signs a transition moment from my usage of a strict deleuzian-guattarian jargon in my ethnography of the urban margins (such as the one implied in this work) and things I am working on at the moment, which are more ‘relaxed’ in that regard. Beside my work, this volume contains chapters by scholars like Ian Buchanan, Jean Hillier, Ignacio Farias, AbdouMaliq Simone, Mark Purcell and many others — it is an honor to be among them!

Here is a short description of the book from the back cover:

Defining the lives of a majority of the world’s population, the question of ‘the city’ has risen to the fore as one the most urgent issues of our time – uniting concerns across the terrain of climate policies, global financing, localised struggles and multi-disciplinary research. Deleuze and the City rests on a conviction that philosophy is crucially important for advancing knowledge on cities, and for allowing us to envisage new forms of urban life toward a more sustainable future. It gathers some of the most original thinkers and accomplished scholars in contemporary urban studies, showing how Deleuze and Guattari’s philosophical project is essential for our thinking through the multi-scalar, uneven and contested landscapes that constitute ‘the city’ today. Dispelling the old question of what the city is, this collection provides a nuanced mapping of situations emerging in concrete urban settings across the globe, ranging from the ‘laboratory urbanism’ of an Austrian ski resort and a ‘sustainable’ Swedish shopping mall to the ‘urbicidal’ refurbishments of Haifa.