Dr Victoria Habermehl

Research Associate

About Victoria

Victoria is a Research Associate in the Urban Institute, on the ESRC ‘Whose Knowledge matters?’ project and is part of the Mistra Urban Futures network. She has a PhD in Geography from the University of Leeds,  focused on organising in-against-and-beyond crisis in Buenos Aires, Argentina, through the economy, state and territory.

She has previously worked as a Research Associate at University College London in the project ‘Economics in the Public Sphere’ and at Brunel University in ‘Timescapes of Urban Change’. She is part of the Contested Cities international network.

Research interests

Victoria’s research focuses on everyday life in cities and the antagonistic processes involved in urban politics- embodied in social reproduction, neighbourhood organising, gentrification and displacement.

Her research to date has focused on Latin American Cities, and in particular in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she researched how the economy is understood and reshaped through crisis, narratives of economic informality and everyday economic practices such as economic solidarity initiatives, autogestion and popular economy.


Everyday antagonisms: Organising economic practices in Mercado Bonpland, Buenos Aires. Habermehl, V. (2019). Environment and Planning C.

Producing Territory: Territorial Organizing of Movements in Buenos Aires. Mason-Deese, L. Habermehl, V. and Clare, N. (2019). In: Contested Urban Territories. Struele, M and Schwarz, A. eds. Geographica Helvetica. 74: 153-161

Real or fake? Crisis and Self-managed economies in Buenos Aires. Habermehl, V. (2019) Special Publication, workshop magazine sponsored by Urban Geography. Eds Silver, J. and Meth, P. 10:12

Territories in contestation: relational power in Latin America,  Clare, N. Habermehl, V. and Mason-Deese, L (2018) Territory, Politics, Governance

Networks of alternative economies in Buenos Aires; markets as spaces of contestation. Habermehl, V. and Gallardo, N. and Arqueros, X. (2018) In: Contested Markets: Contested Cities Gonzalez, S. eds. Routledge: Abingdon.

A mysterious death in Argentina draws attention to indigenous land struggles. The Conversation. Clare, N. Mason-Deese, L and Habermehl, V. (2017). Online available at: https://theconversation.com/a-mysterious-death-in-argentina-draws-attention-to-indigenous-land-struggles-86028 860 words

Towards a Theory of ‘Commonisation’: An anarchist approach to Territory. Springer, S. White R. and Lopez de Souza, M. eds. (2016) Transgressing Frontiers: Anarchism, Geography, and the Spirit of Revolt. With Clare, N. 

Doing Public Geography, Making Scholarship Public. Guillermo Delgado and Victoria Habermehl (2014) Antipode intervention.

‘On the graduate with no future’. Lunghi, A. Wheeler, S. (eds) (2012) Occupy Everything! Reflections on why it’s kicking off everywhere. London/New York: Minor compositions. With Gillespie, T.

Project Report- CITY OF VIENNA. MA 18 Urban Development and Planning (2010) Workshop Report No. 107: Public spaces in Favoriten. Playful spatial games. 146 p. incl. DVD. ISBN: 978-3-902576-35-4 (German/English). SKuOR editorial. Contributing authors: Participants of the European September Academy 2009.