This research examines how the Liberties area of Dublin – subjected to various waves of gentrification since the early 1990s – is facing profound and dynamic social, economic and cultural transformation, with a focus on housing displacement and other pressures experienced by existing working-class households. It also discusses different ways to engage with the communities under study, aiming for reflexive, contextual, and critical understanding of the use of ethnographic field work and visual methods as a platform for participatory collaborations between urban communities, researchers, and policy makers to develop synergistic research and social change agendas. The expected impact of this project, in fact, is dedicated to democratizing urban research, by rendering methods and results transparent and usable for making local knowledge explicit.
Community Asset-Building for Gentrification Pressure Alleviation in Disadvantaged Areas. The case of Dublin’s Liberties, working paper co-authored with Sinéad Kelly. Presented at the Conference of Irish Geographers (CIG) 2017 Annual Meeting, session ‘Lived spaces of austerity: encounters and experiences in everyday life’ – Cork (Ireland), May 2017.
Lived experiences of resistance and solidarity among working-class communities in Dublin’s post-crash gentrification, working paper co-authored with Sinéad Kelly. Presented at the American Association of Geographers (AAG) 2017 Annual Meeting, session ‘Crisis-modes: logics, practices and re-articulations’ – Boston (USA), April 2017.
Gentrification ‘Suspended’? Variegated effects of actually existing neoliberalism in the aftermath of Dublin’s crisis, working paper co-authored with Sinéad Kelly. Presented at EURA Conference ‘City lights: Cities and citizens within, beyond, notwithstanding the crisis’ – Turin (Italy), June 2016.