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Professor of Economic and Political Geography, Polytechnic of Turin

Visiting Professor of Urban Studies, University of Sheffield

Michele is Professor of Economic and Political Geography at the Polytechnic of Turin, Italy, and Visiting Professor of Urban Studies at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. He is co-founder and editor of the Radical Housing Journal and corresponding editor at IJURR.

His qualitative work offers a critical approach to home and homelessness, focusing on an intersectional reading of housing and inhabitation and on the politics of life at the margins in the contemporary urban. In recent years he mainly worked on Bucharest, Romania, where he conducted a multi-sited ethnography on racialised dispossession, which also resulted in a feature documentary around Roma-led housing struggle entitled It started raining.

In Turin, Michele is working on a 5-year European Research Council starting grant project entitled Inhabiting Radical Housing, as well as on a 4-year Italian Ministry of Universities project on Precarious Housing in Eastern Europe. He is also co-directing the ‘Beyond Inhabitation’ research lab, with AbdouMaliq Simone.

You can get in touch @michelelancione and check Michele’s full publications profile on his ORCID page.


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.

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