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Joanna Kusiak

Dr Joanna Kusiak
Research Fellow
Urban Studies

Joanna’s work focuses on land, property and the role that legal technicalities play in shaping our cities. She is completing a book based on her PhD, titled Orders of Chaos: Law, Land and Neoliberal Globalization in Warsaw. Joanna’s next project follows urban legal activism in its attempts to reinvent urban property regimes on more egalitarian terms, including new forms of democratic expropriation. She also investigates the feasibility of progressive, quasi-Machiavellian approaches to co-opting neoliberal urban systems. While her research is not confined to any region, Joanna is especially committed – as an activist and as an architecture/urban critic – to the cities of Warsaw and Berlin. Ultimately, her work seeks to rebuild the constructive capacity of critical urban studies – a capacity that, since the failure of modernism, has been largely lost.

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