Life At The Margins

Inequalities and uneven spatial development are at the centre of contemporary urban processes. They are the product of entrenched socio-economic and racialised histories, but also produce forms of resistance and ways of living that exceed mainstream representations.

The theme seeks to understand how lives are made at the margins and the politics that shape issues including dwelling, everyday economies and diversity.

Life At the Margins promotes ethnographic research to rethink the contexts, subjects and politics of life at the margins.

Research questions

– How can we better account for the generative power and politics of life at the margins?
– How do makeshift practices, infrastructures and everyday experiences come together to produce urban marginality?
– How can we move away from directive-driven policymaking, toward a collective and solidarity-led grassroots politics of the margins?
– What are the researcher’s responsibilities when investigating life at, with and within the urban margins?


June 5, 2019 in Life At The Margins, Opinion - Life at the Margins


PUBLIC BOOK DISCUSSION: VASUDEVAN’S ‘AUTONOMOUS CITY’ New Roots Co-operative Shop, Sheffield. 7th February 2019. Part of the Making Space exhibition. Public discussion with Alex Vasudevan (AV) author of The Autonomous City & Sam Burgum (SB), associate researcher at the Urban Institute.…
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May 30, 2019 in Life At The Margins, News, Opinion - Life at the Margins

Launching The Radical Housing Journal

Blog post by Michele Lancione (Urban Institute), originally posted via I am so proud and energized by the launch of the Radical Housing Journal: a new, peer-reviewed, open-source publication that cuts across the academy and housing movements internationally. Together with…
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May 1, 2019 in Life At The Margins, News

Horizontal solidarities: Screening and debate at the Casalboccone squat (Rome)

This post was originally published via Michele Lancione's wesbite, on 30th March 19. Yesterday in Rome at the Casal Boccone Occupato resiste e insiste squat we had a powerful exchange Romania-Italy on racism, evictions and housing justice. We screened A Inceput Ploaia and then…
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Antipode Scholar-Activist 2018 Award, in collaboration with the Common Front for the Right to Housing (FCDL, Bucharest)


February 20, 2019 in Life At The Margins, Life At The Margins Event, News, Urban Humans, Urban Humans Event

New workshop series: The Urban Human – Conundrum and Interstices

The Urban Human and the Life at the Margins research themes at the Urban Institute are launching a series of internal workshop on ‘The Urban Human: Conundrum and Interstices’. The series is aimed at scholars within the University of Sheffield…
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December 10, 2018 in Life At The Margins, Life At The Margins Event, Past events

Seminar – “Housing informality in Italy: marginality, criminality, activism or speculation?”

 “Housing informality in Italy: marginality, criminality, activism or speculation?" A seminar by Professor Francesco Chiodelli (Gran Sasso Science Institute) 12th December 15:30 - 17:00 Teaching Room 1, Geography and Planning Building This seminar will provide an overview of housing informality…
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November 20, 2018 in Climate Urbanism Event, Event, Life At The Margins Event, Urban Humans Event

Urban Institute Celebration: Research Themes and Book Launch

Double celebration of the Urban Institute's new research themes and book launch, followed by a drinks and networking reception with light food.
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