International network


Marion Roberts is Emeritus Professor of Urban Design and Faculty PhD Coordinator at the University of Westminster (UK). One of her strongest themes has revolved around alcohol and the night-time economy. Here Roberts had an opportunity to influence policy and practice through research commissioned by the Civic Trust and Office for the Deputy Prime Minister (now Department of Communities and Local Government). Her research made a significant contribution to underpinning the assessments used in the Purple Flag scheme of accreditation for well-managed urban centres at night. Her areas of interest are alcohol and the night-time economy and its relationship to the built environment, and gender related to planning, urban design and urbanism. Roberts is member of the European network, COST Gender STE. Professor Roberts will be part of the Scientific and Advisory Board of the project.


Begoña Aramayona holds an International PhD in Social Psychology, obtained with maximum grade at Autonomous University of Madrid in 2019. She explores the field of Urban studies through qualitative methodologies, with special interest on urban nightlife, securitisation, informality and displacement and visual-based methodologies. She is currently PI of two research projects: “GEOGRAPHIES OF THE NIGHT” (funded by Centre of Young Studies Reina Sofía, 2018-2020) and “The Displacement of Informality: Geographies in the city of Madrid” (funded by the Urban Economy Area, Madrid’s City Counci, 2018-2019). She has been awarded with the 1st prize at II Heritales Sustainable Communities organized by ‘UNESCO Chair in Intangible Heritage’ and University of Evora, and the 2018 YERUN Research Mobility Award. As part of her research’s dissemination for broader audiences, she has also directed some ethnographic documentaries, such as “Next Stop: La Latina” (2017) and “Carmen: Memorias Vivas del Rastro” (2018) (both available online). 


Albert Acedo Sánchez is conducting a post-doc in the Geography and Environmental Management Department at the University of Waterloo(Ontario, Canada). His main research seeks to understand the potential of Geographic Information Science (GIScience) and its tools inachieving a better understanding of social theory, urban environments, civic engagement, open government, and citizens’ perceptionsthrough the platial theory. He has publications in GIScience and multidisciplinary top journals and is enrolled in projects with CanadianNGO partners (e.g., Open North) and Partnership Grant Geothink.ca. His recent projects have focused on understanding the spatialdimension of social concepts, the potential of platial characteristics to define urban areas from the bottom-up perspective, and thespatialization of degrees of bonding and bridging social capital. Albert is a former member of the GEO-C team (Marie Skłodowska-CurieActions), where he led the study of civic engagement in smart cities’ environments as his PhD topic. Before that, he took the ErasmusMundus Master in Geospatial Technologies conducted. He is seeking for new academic opportunities and to exchange ideas about theincorporation and consolidation of social theory in GIScience and vice-versa.


William Straw is James McGill Professor at the Department of Art History and Communication Studies and Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. Prof. Straw has been PI of 3 projects (The Urban Night SSHRCIDG, 2012/2014; The film extra and its historical meanings SHRCIG, 2012/2015; Media and urban life in Montreal FQRSCTG, 2010/2014).


Jorge Sequera is PhD in Sociology (UCM). He is currently Lecturer at the UNED and collaborator researcher at the New University of Lisbon. He is currently PI of the project “LIKEALOCAL: Socio-Spatial Effects of AIRBNB. Tourism and transformation in 4 cities in Spain” (RTI2018-093479-A-I00). He also has been PI of the international projects “Tourism and urban transformations in contemporary Lisbon. The sociospatial effects of AIRBNB” (2017-2018) and “Gentrification, new lifestyles and socio-spatial marginalization in the playful city. A comparative geographical perspective: Madrid and Lisbon” (2016-2017). His lines of research focus on key phenomena of the post-fordist society and metropolis, such as consumption, lifestyles, the new middle classes, residential segregation, social exclusion, the control society, gentrification, touristification, urban social movements and social protest.


Dominique Crozat is Professor of Social Geography at the Université Paul Valéry – Montpellier 3, in France. His research is oriented to overcome the traditional concept of geographic representation, with a reflection on performativity and production of hyper real spaces. His main research subject is geography of leisure and the construction of identities in spatially segregated spaces. Prof. Crozat is also founder and co-head of the Program Cultures & Territories (FRE 3027 ARTDev, former MTE, CNRS-University of Montpellier and Perpignan 3), and has also founded and led the Program “Metropolitan Peripheries Running. Mobilities. Innovations. Urbanities” (UMR 5185 ADES, Bordeaux 3, 2004-2008). This research program focused on social and spatial changes in cities of southern France and the Iberian Peninsula. In this program, Prof. Crozat developed research about the construction of hyper-real identities, segregation and ethnicity in Bordeaux (France), and the relocation of slum dwellers (Lisbon), among other phases. More recently, Prof. Crozat also directed the research project “Dynamics of urban peripheries of the cities of southern Europe: between standards and innovation.” Currently, Prof. Crozat is leading the MA in Territories, Societies, Planning and Development at the University Paul Valéry, teaching “Tourism and Sustainable Development of Territories”.