Isabelle Anguelovski

Isabelle Anguelovski

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Social & Behavioural Sciences

I obtained a PhD in 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 the existence or exacerbation of environmental inequities as a result of urban (re)development processes. Based at UAB-ICTA where I lead the research line on Cities & Environmental Justice, I am also an affiliated researcher at IMIM where she directs the Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice & Sustainability (BCNUEJ). Much of my work takes place in marginalized urban neighborhoods who are resisting displacement development in Europe, the Americas, S Africa & SE Asia.

Research interests

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. 

Selected publications

- Anguelovski I, Brand AL, Connolly JJT, Corbera E, Kotsila P et al. 2020, 'Expanding the Boundaries of Justice in Urban Greening Scholarship: Toward an Emancipatory, Antisubordination, Intersectional, and Relational Approach', Annals Of The American Association Of Geographers.  

- Anguelovski I & Pellow DN 2020, 'Towards an Emancipatory Urban Climate Justice Through Adaptation?', Planning Theory and Practice.   

- Oscilowicz E, Honey-Roses J, Anguelovski I, Triguero-Mas M & Cole H 2020, 'Young families and children in gentrifying neighbourhoods: how gentrification reshapes use and perception of green play spaces', Local Environment.  

- Tozer L, Hörschelmann K, Anguelovski I, Bulkeley H & Lazova Y 2020, 'Whose city? Whose nature? Towards inclusive nature-based solution governance', Cities, 107, 102892.  

- Shokry G, Connolly JJT & Anguelovski I 2020, 'Understanding climate gentrification and shifting landscapes of protection and vulnerability in green resilient Philadelphia', Urban Climate.  

- Zografos C, Klause KA, Connolly JJT & Anguelovski I 2020, 'The everyday politics of urban transformational adaptation: Struggles for authority and the Barcelona superblock project', Cities.  

- Perez del Pulgar C, Anguelovski I & Connolly J 2020, 'Toward a green and playful city: Understanding the social and political production of children's relational wellbeing in Barcelona', Cities.  

- Amorim Maia AT, Calcagni F, Connolly JJT, Anguelovski I & Langemeyer J 2020, 'Hidden drivers of social injustice: uncovering unequal cultural ecosystem services behind green gentrification', Environmental Science & Policy, 112, 254 - 263.

- Kotsila P, Hoerschelmann K, Anguelovski I, Sekulova F & Lazova Y 2020, 'Clashing temporalities of care and support as key determinants of transformatory and justice potentials in urban gardens', Cities.  

Selected research activities

PI of EU projects:

- ERC GreenLULUs (2016-2021)

- H2020 Naturvation (2016-2021)

- UrbanA (2019-2021)