Dr Michele Lancione

The Assemblage of Marginality in European Cities

Funding period: 1 January 2014 – 31 August 2016
Type of funding: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Michele conducted his research fellowship at the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge. His research challenged canonical claims relating to issues of marginality, poverty, and difference in the contemporary urban field. His methods were qualitative, sustained by in-depth ethnographic fieldwork and informed by theoretical grounding in assemblage thinking, critical urban theory, affective space and biopolitics. The research contributed to the critical assemblage thinking approach to urban studies, providing theoretical and empirical insights derived from specific ethnographic case studies in Europe. The main focus was around issues of drug consumption in Bucharest, Romania, but also included selected case studies around homelessness in Italy, Romania and the UK.

Michele finished his Fellowship early to take up the post as a Lecturer at Cardiff University. He then moved to the Urban Institute in Sheffield, firstly as a Senior Research Fellow and then as Professor in Urban Studies. He is now back to his native Italy, where he holds a full Professorship in Economic and Political Geography at the DiST, Polytechnic of Turin. He is currently working on a 5-year ERC project called ‘Inhabiting Radical Housing’.

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Fellowship Publications

Lancione, M., Stefanizzi, A., & Gaboardi, M. (2018). ‘Passive adaptation or active engagement? The challenges of Housing First internationally and in the Italian case’, Housing Studies, 33/1: 40–57. DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2017.1344200

Lancione, M. (2017). ‘The ethnographic novel as activist mode of existence: translating the field with homeless people and beyond’, Social & Cultural Geography, 18/7: 994–1015. DOI: 10.1080/14649365.2016.1231336

Lancione, M. (2017). ‘Revitalising the uncanny: Challenging inertia in the struggle against forced evictions’, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 35/6: 1012–32. DOI: 10.1177/0263775817701731

Lancione, M. (2017). ‘Micropolitical entanglements: Positioning and matter’, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 35/4: 574–8. DOI: 10.1177/0263775817710090

Lancione, M., & McFarlane, C. (2016). ‘Urban becoming: (un)making life at the margin’. Blok A. & Farias I. (eds) Urban Cosmopolitics. Routledge: London.

Lancione, M., & McFarlane, C. (2016). ‘Life at the urban margins: Sanitation infra-making and the potential of experimental comparison’, Environment and Planning A, 48/12: 2402–21. DOI: 10.1177/0308518X16659772

Lancione, M (Ed.). (2016). Rethinking life at the margins : the assemblage of contexts, subjects and politics. Routledge.

Lancione, M. (2016). ‘Racialised dissatisfaction: homelessness management and the everyday assemblage of difference’, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 41/4: 363–75. DOI: 10.1111/tran.12133

Lancione, M. (2016). ‘Unfolding the surface of occupation: review of Alexander Vasudevan’s Metropolitan Preoccupations’. Society & Space.

Lancione, M. (2016). ‘The Assemblage of Life at the Margins’. Lancione M. (ed.) Rethinking life at the margins : the assemblage of contexts, subjects and politics. Routledge.

Lancione, M. (2016). ‘The City and “the Homeless”: Machinic Subjects’. Frichot H., Gabrielsson C., & Metzger J. (eds) Deleuze and the City. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh.

Lancione, M., & Clegg, S. R. (2015). ‘The lightness of management learning’, Management Learning, 46/3: 280–98. DOI: 10.1177/1350507614526533

Lancione, M. (2015). ‘Housing First: Successo, Modelli E Sfide Politiche (Housing First: Success, Models and Policy Challenges)’, Psicologia Di Comunità, 2: 23–40.

Lancione, M. (2015). ‘Context. Experiencing the City’. Naar L. & Clegg S. (eds) Gehry in Sydney: The Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, UTS, pp. 17–32. Images Publishing.

Lancione, M. (2015). ‘Commission. A Changing Business School’. Naar L. & Clegg S. (eds) Gehry in Sydney: The Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, UTS, pp. 33–42. Images Publishing.

Lancione, M. (2014). ‘Entanglements of faith: Discourses, practices of care and homeless people in an Italian City of Saints’, Urban Studies, 51/14: 3062–78. DOI: 10.1177/0042098013514620

Lancione, M. (2014). ‘The spectacle of the poor. Or: “Wow!! Awesome. Nice to know that people care!”’, Social & Cultural Geography, 15/7: 693–713. DOI: 10.1080/14649365.2014.916742