Melissa García Lamarca’s research is driven by a thirst to better understand both structural dynamics and bottom up processes towards making more socially just and emancipatory cities. She holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Manchester (2016), an MSc in Building and Urban Design in Development from University College London (2009), a Graduate Diploma in Community Economic Development from Concordia University (2003) and a BA in Geography and Economics from McGill University (2001). Melissa has worked as a researcher, teacher or consultant in a variety of different organisational and geographical contexts. She is now a post-doctoral researcher with a European Research Council project (GreenLULUs) investigating the social and racial impacts of urban greening.
Melissa’s research interests span the fields of geography, political economy, anthropology and urban political ecology. Her work connects a critical political economic approach to lived experience, towards understanding the everyday dimensions of structural dynamics and processes. She is particularly interested in housing financialisation, biopolitics and collective urban struggles that rupture the status quo both subjectively and materially. Aside from focusing on the financial dynamics driving the rental market in Spain and Barcelona, and what this means for lived experience in the context of job and housing precarity, her present research also considers the financial dynamics behind urban greening and community resistance to greening projects.
Financialisation, biopolitics, political subjectivation, housing, urban greening, sustainability