CfP: The Lisbon Early-Career Workshop in Urban Studies. November 23-25, 2022

We are happy to announce that the second edition of the Lisbon Early-Career Workshop in Urban Studies, organised in collaboration with the AESOP YA Network, will take place on November 23-25 at ICS-ULisboa.

The topic of the second edition is “Social Mobilisations and Planning through Crises” (full text of the call below).

Some 40 PhD students and early-career scholars will have the opportunity to
present and discuss their research projects and/or findings during a 3-days event organised as a space of exchange, debate and learning.

Keynote speakers

Margit Mayer (Center for Metropolitan Studies, Berlin), Miguel Angel Martinez (Uppsala University)

Local mentors

Marco Allegra (ICS-ULisboa), Olivia Bina – (ICS-ULisboa), Pedro Neto (ICS-ULisboa), Andrea Pavoni (Dinâmia’CET- IUL), and Lavínia Pereira (ICS-ULisboa).

Organising and scientific committee

Luisa Rossini (ICS-ULisboa), Roberto Falanga (ICS-ULisboa), and Mafalda Pereira (ICS-ULisboa)

Conference fees

Regular: €150; PhD candidates €120

Key dates:

– Abstract submission (max 500 words + short letter of motivation to be sent to June 21st
– Selection of Abstracts: 10th of July 2022
– Submission of long Abstract / Articles: 10th of October 2022.

NB: in case of prohibitive COVID restrictions, we reserve the option to hold the workshop online. If this is the case the event will last 4 days (instead of 3), and the fees will be reduced.

You will find the full call for papers and program here; below the keynote speakers’ short bios. For any additional information you can contact Luisa Rossini at

Keynote speakers’ short bio

Margit Mayer is a political scientist. She is Senior Researcher at the Center for Metropolitan Studies, CMS (Technical University Berlin, TUB) and Professor Emerita at the Free University of Berlin. She has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Santa Cruz and at the New School for Social Research, New York. Since 1987, she has been a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Free University of Berlin, and since 1990 also at the JF-Kennedy Institute for North American Studies. Mayer is considered today one of the most important scholars in the field of Comparative Neoliberal Urban Politics; the Role of Local Movements and Resistance and Solidarity City. Moreover, her contribution has touched on US parliamentary and extra-parliamentary politics, new social movements in the USA and Germany, urban development and urban development policy, the restructuring of the welfare state and homelessness in the USA and Germany from a comparative perspective. Her publications are a key reference for the analysis of urban social movements and neoliberal politics in urban development dynamics. We mention some of the most cited: Cities for people, not for profit: Critical urban theory and the right to the city (Brenner, Marcuse, Mayer, 2012, Routledge); “The ‘Right to the City’ in the context of shifting mottos of urban social movements” (Mayer, 2009 – City. Analysis of Urban Trends 13/2-3, 362-374); “The onward sweep of social capital: causes and consequences for understanding cities, communities and urban movements” (Mayer, 2003 – International journal of urban and regional research 27/1, 110-132); “First world urban activism: Beyond austerity urbanism and creative city politics” (Mayer, 2013 – City: Analysis of Urban Trends, Culture, Theory, Policy , Action , 17/1, 5-19); “Contesting the neoliberalization of urban governance” (Mayer, 2007 – in: H. Leitner, J. Peck, E. Sheppard, eds., Contesting neoliberalism; The Urban Frontier. New York: Guilford Press, 90-115). Many of her publications are freely available here.

Miguel A. Martínez is a Professor of Housing and Urban Sociology at IBF (Institute for Housing and Urban Research), Uppsala University (Sweden). His research focus has been mostly related to urban sociology and social movements. He held teaching positions in different universities of Spain, Portugal and Hong Kong. In addition, he participated in various social movements and was one of the founders of the activist-research network Squatting Everywhere Kollective. From 2011 he widened his critical approach with the study of anti-neoliberal, pro-democracy and pro-commons movements such as the 15M / Indignados in Spain and the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong. In his present research projects, he is studying intersectional outcomes of the housing movement in Spain and urban struggles across Brazil and Europe. He is the author of Squatters in the Capitalist City (Routledge, 2020), editor of The Urban Politics of Squatters’ Movements (Palgrave, 2018), and co-editor of Contested Cities and Urban Activism (Palgrave, 2019). Most of his publications are freely available at: