Annual theme "Hybrid Ecologies"
Interdisciplinary Lecture Series (2016/17)



Urban Ecologies

with Maria Kaika and Godofredo Pereira


Maria Kaika holds a PhD in Urban Geography from Oxford University, and an MA in Architecture and Planning from the National Technical University of Athens. She is the Chair in Urban, Regional and Environmental Planning, at the University of Amsterdam and is also Professor of Human Geography at the University of Manchester, Honorary Fellow of the Manchester Architecture Research Centre, and co-editor in chief of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. In 2012 the architect and geographer was endowed with the Professorship of the City of Vienna. She has taught at the Universities of Oxford, Paris Est (LATTS), KU Leuven, University of London and TU Vienna. The focus of her research lies on urban political ecology, urban radical imaginaries, cities and crisis, and land financialization. Her work has been awarded funding from national and international research councils and organisations (including the British Academy, the EU Framework Research Programme and the Marie Curie programme). Kaika is Principle Investigator for the European Network for Political Ecology ENTITLE. Amongst her academic publications are City of Flows: Modernity, Nature and the City (Routledge, New York 2005) and, as co-editor with Nik Heynen and Erik Swyngedouw, In the Nature of Cities: urban political ecology and the metabolism of urban environments (Routledge, London 2006).


Godofredo Pereira


Godofredo Pereira is an architect and researcher. He leads the MA Environmental Architecture at the Royal College of Art, London, where he also coordinates the research group Architecture and Social Movements. His doctoral research The Underground Frontier: Technoscience and Collective Politics at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths University investigated political and territorial conflicts within the planetary race for underground resources. Prior to joining the RCA, he taught at the Bartlett School of Architecture. He was a member of Forensic Architecture where he led the Atacama Desert project, an investigation of environmental and human rights violations in the Atacama Desert, Chile. He edited the book Savage Objects (INCM, 2012) and was the curator of Objectology (European Capital of Culture, 2012) and of the exhibition Object / Project (Lisbon Architecture Triennial, 2016). Among other things, he is currently working on the publication Ex-Humus: Architecture and Territorial Politics in the Underground Frontier (forthcoming) and he is part of Transversal Collective, a design platform for institutional programming and territorial intervention.