Grassroots Infrastructures of Social Reproduction in European cities: developing urban counter-topographies
Funding period: 1 September 2022 – 31 August 2025
Type of funding: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Dr Matina Kapsali is an interdisciplinary urban scholar whose work spans architecture, urban planning, geography, and urban studies to interrogate the relationship between urban space and politics. Her research provides a conceptually and methodologically innovative but also empirically nuanced interrogation of the geographies of urban inequalities and the spatialisation of politicising movements, contributing to debates on urban re-politicisation through ethnographic research on anti-austerity and refugee solidarity movements in Greece and beyond. Matina holds a PhD in Geography and Planning from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and an MSc from The University of Manchester.
As a USF Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Matina is based at the Department of Geography, University of Manchester. Through this Fellowship, Matina will contribute to urban studies by focusing on research motivated by a key provocation: how do grassroots infrastructures of social reproduction create counter-topographies and articulate the urban political through everyday urban practices?