Lidia is an urban researcher, a sociologist who pretends to be a geographer, and a karateka (空手家) from Milan, Italy.
Lidia KC Manzo, is an urban researcher, a writer, and a social filmmaker whose work examines how the everyday co-productions of space and identity support or inhibit social, spatial, and economic justice. Lidia is currently working in Ireland at the Department of Geography, Maynooth University as an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral grant holder on a ethnographic, community-based project on post-crash gentrification in Dublin from the perspective of existing working class residents (supervisor: Sinead Kelly).
Since 2013 she has been partner member and lead-researcher in Milan for the ERC funded ‘HOUWEL‘ project at the University of Amsterdam, being affiliated also with the Politecnico di Milano University as a Contract Professor for the MSc in Urban Planning and Policy Design, course on “Contemporary City: social change and policies”.
She has a Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Research from the University of Trento (Italy) defended in April 2014. Her doctoral dissertation was focused on institutions, housing and lifestyles in the Super-gentrification process of Brooklyn’s Park Slope, whereby she has held a twenty-months long affiliation as Visiting Doctoral Researcher at The City University of New York (USA). She holds a MA in Political and Social Communication, and a BA in Intercultural Communication from the University of Milan where she performed ethnographic research and a documentary film on Milan’s Chinatown. Her interests in urban studies are presently concerned with processes of urban regeneration and welfare state transformations, by looking at how housing, community, and lifestyle practices interact with different contextual dynamics.
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