Dr Alex Baker

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Room number: D21
Email: alex.baker@sheffield.ac.uk

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

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
Teaching

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

  • Baker, A. (2015). ‘Unmanned Aerial Realtors’. Culture Machine, 16(0).

Book Chapters

  • Baker, A. (forthcoming) Researching the Distribution and Dissolution of Eviction Enforcement. in Adey. et. al. The Handbook of Displacement Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan
  • Baker, A. (2017) Work, Power, and Resistance in Eviction Enforcement. in Arrigiotta, M., Brickell, K., Vasudevan, A. Geographies of Forced Eviction Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Graham, S. and Baker, A. (2016) Laboratories of War: United States-Israeli Collaboration in Urban War and Securitization. in Honke, J. and Müller, M-M. The Global Making of Policing: Postcolonial Perspectives London: Routledge Interventions

Press