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Ioana Florea

About Ioana Florea

Background Ioana Florea has a Masters degree in Anthropology and Community Development (2008) and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Bucharest (2011). Since 2017, she is Researcher at the Department of Sociology and Work Science at University of Gothenburg. She has taught seminars at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, University of Bucharest; she also worked with the Department “Inequalities, Migrations and Territories” from the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology, University Institute of Lisbon (2010-2011).

Specialist Fields Ioana has been researching on socio-spatial dynamics in poor neighborhoods in Romanian cities, youth experiences of outdoor public spaces marked by post-socialist transformations (her PhD project), and spatial processes of social differentiation. Since 2006, she has been involved with several grassroots organizations from Bucharest working on social and environmental justice, and the right to the city. Thus, most of the research projects she has been part of had an action or educational dimension.

Current research "Housing, social mobilisations and urban governance in Central and Eastern Europe", funded by The Swedish Research Council FORMAS (contract 2016-00258_3). The project aims at critically investigating the nexus of urban governance, housing policy and housing protest in Bucharest, Budapest and Vilnius.

Research Areas Urban studies Social movements

Recent publications

Book chapters

2018, with Hannibal Rhoades, Possibilities and Pitfalls of Environmental Justice Action: Learning from Roşia Montană and Yaigojé Apaporis Anti-mining Struggles. In Apostolopoulou E. and Cortes-Vazquez J. (eds.) The Right to Nature. Social Movements, Environmental Justice and Neoliberal Natures. Routledge.

2017, To name or not to name. Contradictions in naming processes of one Bucharest district. In Harris R. and Vorms C. (eds.) What's in a Name?: Talking about Urban Peripheries. University of Toronto Press.

2016, with Dumitriu M., Living on the edge: the ambiguities of squatting and urban development in Bucharest. In Anders F. and Sedlmaier A. (eds.) Public Goods versus Economic Interests. Global Perspectives on the History of Squatting. Routledge.

2015, The Ups and Downs of a Symbolic City: The Architectural Heritage Protection Movement in Bucharest. In Jacobsson K. (ed.) Urban Grassroots Movements in Central and Eastern Europe. Ashgate.

Co-edited volume

2013, with Pereira I. and Nunes N, City in Movement. Activism, Social Participation and Urban Reinventions. Proceedings of the Second International Conference of Young Urban Researchers, vol. IV. University Institute of Lisbon.