Ash Amin is Professor of Geography at Cambridge University. His recent books include Land of Strangers (2012), Releasing the Commons (2016, with Philip Howell, eds), and Seeing Like a City (2017, with Nigel Thrift). He is currently working on poverty, mental states and spatial subjectivity in Shanghai and Delhi.

Massimo De Angelis is Professor of Political Economy and Social Change at the University of East London. He has been writing about enclosures and commons in the context of contemporary capitalism since the late 1990s. His latest book is Omnia Sunt Communia: on the Commons and post-capitalist transformation published with Zed in 2017.

Shannon Mattern is a Professor at The New School. She’s written books about libraries, maps, and media infrastructures, and she contributes are regular column about urban data and mediated spaces to Places Journal. You can find her at

Richard Sennett currently serves as Senior Advisor to the United Nations on its Program on Climate Change and Cities. He is Senior Fellow at the Center on Capitalism and Society at Columbia University and Visiting Professor of Urban Studies at MIT. Previously, he founded the New York Institute for the Humanities, taught at New York University and at the London School of Economics, and served as President of the American Council on Work. His books include The Hidden Injuries of ClassThe Fall of Public ManThe Corrosion of CharacterThe Culture of the New CapitalismThe Craftsman, and Building and Dwelling. Among other awards, he has received the Hegel Prize, the Spinoza Prize, an honorary doctorate from Cambridge University, and the Centennial Medal from Harvard University.


Tali Hatuka (B. Arch, MSc., PhD) is an architect, urban planner and associate professor at Tel Aviv University. Hatuka is the head and founder of the Laboratory of Contemporary Urban Planning and Design, an international centre for investigating connections between the built environment and sociocultural dynamics. Hatuka’s work focuses primarily on (1) the urban realm and society (i.e. public space, conflicts, technology) and (2) urban development and city design (i.e. industrial urbanism). Her recent book, The Design of Protest (University of Texas Press, 2018), focuses on varied forms of civil participation worldwide and was exhibited at the MIT Museum. Currently, Hatuka is spearheading a new research project focused on Dissent, Public Spaces, and Immigration, funded by GIF- German Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development.

Zizi Papacharissi is Professor and Head of the Communication Department, Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and University Scholar at the University of Illinois System. Her work focuses on the social and political consequences of online media. She has published nine books, over 70 journal articles and book chapters, and serves on the editorial board of fifteen journals. Zizi is the founding and current Editor of the open access journal Social Media & Society. Her 10thbook, titled After Democracy (Yale University Press) is forthcoming in late 2020.

Doina Petrescu is an activist, architect researcher and educator dealing with commons-based resilience, feminist approaches and participative architecture in her research and practice. In addition to being a founding member of the Paris-based atelier d’architecture autogerée, she is professor of architecture and design activism at the University of Sheffield. Here recent publications include The Social (re) Production of Architecture (2017), Learn to Act (2017), Architecture and Resilience (2018) and the forthcoming book Architecture Otherhow: Practising for a future which is not what it used to be (2020).

Laura Lo Presti is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Padua and an affiliated member of the international research project ‘Mapping and the Making of the Empire’ at the University of Groningen. She is currently visiting the Geo-Humanities group at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. Her recent research work focuses on the cultural and affective ecologies and the technological and political digitalities that allow maps and mapping to elicit and embody a plethora of discourses, actions, and feelings about the European migration crisis and its forms of hierarchized mobilities as well as alternative imaginings of solidarity and hospitality.


Sepake Angiama is the artistic director of the institute for international visual art (iniva) in London. The institution hosts the Stuart Hall Library and is dedicated to supporting the praxis of thinking through and working with the complexity of the effect of globalisation and hybridisation of culture on the social and political ontologies, epistemologies and pedagogies. Angiama’s praxis stems from radical pedagogies, black feminist thought, rethinking human/non-human relation and roots itself in how we might imagine and inhabit the world otherwise.

Gavin Grindon is a lecturer in art history and curating at the University of Essex. In 2014 he co-curated the exhibition Disobedient Objects at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, about art and design produced in social movements, and currently co-curates the Museum of Neoliberalism in South London. Since 2010 he has been a member of Liberate Tate, who produced performance interventions in Tate spaces to pressure the organisation to drop BP sponsorship, which they did in 2016. His academic writing has been published in Art History, the Oxford Art Journal, Third Text, and elsewhere.

Ella McPherson is Senior Lecturer in the Sociology of New Media and Digital Technology as well as the Anthony L. Lyster Fellow in Sociology at Queens’ College. She is also Co-Director of the Centre of Governance and Human Rights, where she leads the research theme on human rights in the digital age. Ella is on the Executive Committee of Cambridge’s Trust and Technology Initiative and leads The Whistle, an academic startup, funded by the ESRC and an EU Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 grant, that aims to support the collection and analysis of digital human rights evidence. 

Pelin Tan is a sociologist and art historian based in Turkey. Human Rights Program, Bard College (NY), 6th recipient of the Keith Haring Art&Activism (NY), Senior Researcher of the Center for Arts, Design, and Social Research (Boston). Lead author of “Cities&Social Progress”


Alex Grigor is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge.

Michal Huss is an ESRC-sponsored doctoral student in the Architecture Department at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on the urban resistance and activism of displaced populations within transcultural landscapes. Michal has set up numerous workshops on radical cartography and educational counter-mapping projects in and around gentrifying spaces and migration detention centres.

Konstantinos Pittas is an architect and a PhD Candidate in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on art and cultural institutions as a model for the spatialisation of radical democratic politics. He was a visiting scholar at Columbia University GSAPP and his research has been supported by the Cambridge Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Cambridge Trust, and the Onassis Foundation.

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