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Miguel Martinez LOPEZ
Miguel Martínez has devoted a great part of his recent work to research on the squatters’ movement with, mainly, a European scope. His current research aims at discovering the historical, socio-spatial and political conditions that constrained the development of the diverse squatting scenes in the European cities. This entails, basically, to focus on systematic comparisons and on contextual aspects in interaction with the movements’ practices and discourses. One central issue is the way that the criminalisation of squatting has affected the movement and its responses to such a legal constraint. On the other hand, the relationship between the squatters’ movement and the housing question and policies remains as a core urban conflict because it is tightly linked to other social and political needs as expressed in the squatted social centres.

Research Interests
Urban sociology; urban politics; urban planning