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I am an independent scholar and writer and a mother of two young children, residing in Paris, with a virtual foot in London and Madrid. I currently specialize on four themes: political aesthetics, city images, wartime destruction and post-war reconstruction and uncomfortable legacies (legacies of war and dictatorship). I have conducted research for academic and non-academic institutions in Madrid, Barcelona, London, Boston and Paris on different topics, ranging comparative research on education, urban regeneration practices, and the post-war building industry. My international, interdisciplinary background in the social sciences and the humanities includes a PhD in Sociology/Cities Programme from the London School of Economics (2009), an MA in Humanities and Social Thought from the New York University (2004) and a BA (5-year degree) in Political Science from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2001). I also undertook courses in political science and art history at Uppsala University (1995-96) and Lund University (2002), and social research methods at the LSE (2005-06).

As a writer, I contribute analysis and opinion articles to the press and essays for other non-academic media on current social, political and cultural topics. My articles have appeared, among others, in El País, El Huffington Post, Clarín and El Correo. I also publish my own blog, and give occasional talks and conferences.

 

As an independent researcher I seek developing cultural, social and historical approaches to the city and the built environment. I possess an active research and publications profile in the fields of urban, social and visual history and heritage (see Academic publications), including heritage policy reports, more recently. I am particularly interested in the aesthetic dimension of politics, and am keen to develop projects that combine research on social and cultural issues with art. I have been involved in several artistic projects and installations, having conceived and coordinated the project Femmes et WC in 2012.

 

Prior to my free-lance career, I taught in the Department of Sociology at the LSE (2008-10), and later collaborated with the Department of Architectural Composition in the Higher Technical School of Architecture of Madrid (ETSAM) (2010-11). I subsequently worked for the project ‘Constructing Post-War Britain: building workers’ stories, 1950-1970’ as a research fellow in the Centre for the Study of the Production of the Built Environment (ProBE) at the University of Westminster (2011-12). In February 2013, I had my first child, and worked as a full-time mother until September 2014 when I resumed my research and writing. After having my second child at the end of 2016, I worked again as a full-time mother, while continuing to research and write. From September 2018, I work as a part-time mother and a part-time researcher and writer.