Dr Alex Baker

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

alex.baker@sheffield.ac.uk

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Dr Alex Baker
Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Room D21
Geography and Planning Building
Winter Street
Sheffield
S3 7ND
Profile

I am an urban studies researcher currently conducting a 3 year postdoctoral project on the global markets and networks of evictions and eviction enforcement, and their impact on the right to housing.

I received my PhD from the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University in 2017 and hold an MA in Critical Theory and Politics (Nottingham) and BA in Politics and American Studies (Nottingham). My doctoral research focused on how housing and protest evictions in the UK are conducted and enforced.

Research interests

I joined USP in 2019 as Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow. My research project focuses on the global patterns, tactics, and industries of eviction enforcement and their effects on housing rights and social movements for land and home.

Among many other things I am also interested in:

  • Social movements for housing and squatters rights
  • Meanings of home, and home making and unmaking
  • Emergent technologies in real estate
  • Philosophies of power and resistance
  • Protest and ‘The right to the city’
  • Environment and climate displacement
  • Science fictions, utopia and dystopia
  • Cultural geographies of affect and emotion