Alex Baker is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow working on a three year project on the global practices of eviction enforcement. After completing a PhD at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, focusing on the evictions in England and Wales, he was a teaching fellow at Durham University before joining the department of Urban Studies and Planning as ECF in 2019.
Alex’s research sits at the confluence of housing studies, urban security and governance, and political and urban geography. His current project looks at the ways that eviction enforcement practices have developed around the world, and why cities and countries choose specific methods and techniques for enforcing property and moving people from housing and land. This research aims to think about evicting as an ongoing process connected not only to things like rent, land and property, but also to urban infrastructures, social and political movements and histories, emotions, and informal kinds of knowledge.