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ERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Polytechnic of Turin

Rodrigo Castriota is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the ERC Project Inhabiting Radical Housing at DIST/Politecnico di Torino. He holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Development from CEDEPLAR/UFMG (Brazil), where he did extensive research on urbanization processes in the Brazilian Amazon, particularly those driven by neo-extractivist interventions. He has significant experience in global urban research, having worked in several projects based in Canada, Switzerland, Singapore, England, Italy and Brazil. Rodrigo is also a member of the Beyond Inhabitation Lab, a Turin-based collective of researchers and activists that investigate housing and inhabitation struggles and strategies and their multiple intersections with urban, social and environmental questions. His main research interests also include popular economies, neo-extractivism and postcolonial/decolonial theory, as well as the extended forms of urbanization and the everyday extensionalities that shape our contemporary world beyond urban and rural divides.


Selected publications

Castriota, R.; Tonucci, J. (forthcoming) Occupy the Periphery: Housing Occupations and the Production of Urban Commons in Belo Horizonte. In: Reis, N.; Lukas, M. “Beyond the Megacity: New Dimensions of Peripheral Urbanization in Latin America”. Toronto: The University of Toronto Press.

Castriota, R; Monte-Mór, R. L. (forthcoming) Extended Urbanization, Urban Utopias and Other Economies. In: Keil, R.; Wu, F. “After Suburbia: Urbanization in the 21st Century”. Toronto: The University of Toronto Press.

Castriota, R.; Tonucci, J. (2018). Extended urbanization in and from Brazil. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 36(3), 512-528.