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Full Professor of Economic and Political Geography, Polytechnic of Turin

Visiting Professor of Urban Studies, University of Sheffield

Michele Lancione is Full Professor of Geography at the Polytechnic of Turin, Italy, and Visiting Professor of Urban Studies at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. He is a member of the grassroot activist group Common Front for Housing Rights (Bucharest), co-founder and editor of the Radical Housing Journal and corresponding editor at IJURR. His work focuses on the embodied experience of homelessness, radical forms of inhabitation and the politics of life at the margins in the contemporary urban. In recent years he focused on Bucharest, Romania, where he conducted a multi-sited ethnographic on racialised dispossession, which resulted also in the first feature documentary around Roma-led housing struggle in Europe entitled It started raining. In Turin, Michele is working on a 5-year European Research Council starting grant project entitled Inhabiting Radical Housing and he is co-directing the ‘Beyond Inhabitation’ research lab, with AbdouMaliq Simone.

You can get in touch @michelelancione.

Selected papers

Lancione, M. (2022). Inhabiting Dispossession in the Post-Socialist City: Race, Class and the Plan in Bucharest, Romania, Antipode, DOI: 10.1111/anti.12821 (Open Access)

Lancione, M. (2020). ‘Radical Housing: On the Politics of Dwelling as Difference’. International Journal of Housing Policy, 273-289, 20 (2): 1–17.

Lancione, M. (2019) Weird Exoskeletons: Propositional Politics and the Making of Home in Underground Bucharest. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 43(1), 535-550

Selected books

Amin, A. and Lancione, M., ed., 2022. Grammars of the Urban Ground. Durham: Duke University Press

Lancione, M. and McFarlane, C. ed., 2021. Global Urbanism. Knowledge, Power and the City. London: Routledge.

Lancione, M. ed., 2016. Rethinking Life at the Margins. The Assemblage of Contexts, Subjects and Politics, London: Routledge.