A collective study lab

Margherita GRAZIOLI

Fixed-term assistant professor in Economic Political Geography, Gran Sasso Science Institute (L’Aquila, Italy)

Margherita Grazioli is a postdoctoral research fellow in Economic Geography within the Social Sciences Area of the Gran Sasso Science Institute (L’Aquila, Italy). Her main research areas are urban geography, housing policies and urban social movements, nurtured by her activism within the Housing Rights Movements in Rome. As an activist ethnographer and researcher concerned with qualitative methodologies, she got the PhD title awarded at the School of Business of the University of Leicester (UK) after discussing her doctoral dissertation entitled ‘The right to the city in the post-welfare metropolis. Community building, autonomous infrastructures and urban commons in self-organised housing squats in Rome, Italy’. She later developed her activist-ethnographic account about the housing squats in Rome in two volumes (one published in English by Palgrave Macmillan, and the other one in Italian, ‘Metropoliz, città meticcia’, published by RedStar Press in 2021). Through the case study of the ‘Mestiza city’ and its unique inhabited museum, she focussed on the post-2008 struggles of the ‘squatted city’ for the right to habitation, pointing to the structurally disruptive nature of neoliberal urbanism in its Mediterranean, austerity-driven variant. Her more recent work is focussing about the multiscalar forms of self-organization, negotiation and conflict developed by urban social movements and housing squatters during the pandemic.

Selected publications

Grazioli M. (2021). Housing, Urban Commons and the Right to the City in Post-Crisis Rome: Metropoliz, The Squatted Città Meticcia. Palgrave Macmillan.

Grazioli, M. (2021) Rethinking Public Housing through Squatting. The Case of Housing Rights Movements in Rome. Partecipazione&Conflitto, 14(2): 788-805. ↗ DOI

Dadusc D., Grazioli M., Martinez M. A. (Eds.) (2021). Resisting Citizenship Migrant Housing Squats Against State Enclosures. Routledge.