I obtained a PhD (Urban Studies & Planning, MIT) before returning to Europe in 2011 with a Marie Curie fellowship. Situated at the intersection of urban planning and policy, social inequality and development studies, my research examines the extent to which urban plans, policies, and socio-environmental interventions contribute to more just, resilient, healthy, and sustainable cities. I also study how community groups in distressed neighborhoods contest environmental inequities as a result of urban (re)development processes. I am based at UAB-ICTA where I lead the research line Cities & Environmental Justice, direct the Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice & Sustainability, and head the ICTA Gender, Diversity, and Wellbeing Commiteee. Much of my work takes place in marginalized neighborhoods resisting displacement from unequal development in Europe, the Americas and S Africa.
I am a critical social scientist trained in urban studies & planning (PhD, MIT, 2011), nonprofit management (Harvard University, 2004), international development (University de Paris-1 Sorbonne, 2001), and political studies (Science Po, 2000).
As part of collaborative and individual international research projects, I study how environmental injustices materialize and get contested. Currently, I focus on four main research areas: 1) The politics of the green city as a growing global planning orthodoxy; 2) The social and racial manifestations and impacts of green gentrification for historically marginalized residents 3) Urban planning for health and wellbeing, with a focus on health equity and justice 4) Justice and inclusivity in climate adaptation planning, including distributional and procedural insecurities produced by adaptation plans, interventions, and land use configurations and regulations.
- Anguelovski I, Brand AL, Ranganathan M & Hyra D 2022. 'Decolonizing the Green City: From environmental privilege to emancipatory green justice'. Environmental Justice, Vol 15, No. 1.
- Anguelovski I, Connolly JJT, Cole H, et al. 2022, 'Green gentrification in European and North American cities', Nat Commun 13, 1, 3816.
- Triguero-Mas M, Anguelovski I et al. 2022, 'Exploring green gentrification in 28 global North cities: the role of urban parks and other types of greenspaces', Environ Res Lett 17, 10, 104035.
- García-Lamarca M, Anguelovski I & Venner K 2022, 'Challenging the financial capture of urban greening', Nature Communications, 13, 1, 7132.
- Shokry G, Anguelovski I, Connolly JJT, Maroko A & Pearsall H 2022. 'They Didn't See It Coming: Green Resilience Planning and Vulnerability to Future Climate Gentrification', Housing Policy Debate, 32:1, 211-245.
- Amorim-Maia AT, Anguelovski I, Chu E & Connolly J 2022, 'Intersectional climate justice: A conceptual pathway for bridging adaptation planning, transformative action, and social equity', Urban Climate, 41, 101053.
- García-Lamarca, M, Anguelovski, I, Cole HVS, Connolly JJT, Pérez-del-Pulgar C, Shokry G & Triguero-Mas M 2022, 'Urban Green Grabbing: Residential Real Estate Developers Discourse and Practice in Gentrifying Global North Neighborhoods', Geoforum, 128: 1-10.
Selected research activities
GREENLULUS, ERC Starting Grant, #1 in SH3 panel, PI, European Research Council, 2016-2022.
Maria de Maetzu Grant, Co-Responsible Principal Investigator, Spanish Ministry of Universities, 2020-2023.
Greening and Gentrification: Dialogues to Achieve a Just and Green Barcelona. Report for Ajuntament de Barcelona. 2022.
Re-Naturing. GOLD report Pathways to Urban and Territorial Equality. United Cities and Local Government (UCLG) and e Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality (KNOW). Chapter Co-Curator & Lead Author. 2020-2022.
España 2050 podcast on urban futures: How will future cities be?. Presidence of the Spanish Government. 2022.