international network

The international network comprises researchers from different countries in Europe and the Americas that collaborate regularly with LXNIGHTS

Adam Eldridge is a Senior Lecturer based within the School of Social and Historical Studies at the University of Westminster. He completed his PhD with the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. His thesis, ‘Of Other Places: Theming Geography, Identity and History’, examined the articulation of place, cultural identity and history within themed environments. Eldridge has worked on several qualitative research projects, principally concerning the urban renaissance and the evening economy. His research examines town and city centres at night with a focus on gender/sexuality and public space, the 24 hour city, pleasure, and late-night drinking cultures.

Marion Roberts is Professor of Urban Design and Faculty PhD Coordinator at the University of Westminster (UK). One of her strongest themes has revolved around alcohol and the night-time economy. Here Roberts had an opportunity to influence policy and practice through research commissioned by the Civic Trust and Office for the Deputy Prime Minister (now Department of Communities and Local Government). Her research made a significant contribution to underpinning the assessments used in the Purple Flag scheme of accreditation for well-managed urban centres at night. Her areas of interest are alcohol and the night-time economy and its relationship to the built environment, and gender related to planning, urban design and urbanism. Roberts is member of the European network, COST Gender STE. Professor Roberts will be part of the Scientific and Advisory Board of the project.

Dominique Crozat is Professor of Social Geography at the Université Paul Valéry – Montpellier 3, in France. His research is oriented to overcome the traditional concept of geographic representation, with a reflection on performativity and production of hyper real spaces. His main research subject is geography of leisure and the construction of identities in spatially segregated spaces. Prof. Crozat is also founder and co-head of the Program Cultures & Territories (FRE 3027 ARTDev, former MTE, CNRS-University of Montpellier and Perpignan 3), and has also founded and led the Program “Metropolitan Peripheries Running. Mobilities. Innovations. Urbanities” (UMR 5185 ADES, Bordeaux 3, 2004-2008). This research program focused on social and spatial changes in cities of southern France and the Iberian Peninsula. In this program, Prof. Crozat developed research about the construction of hyper-real identities, segregation and ethnicity in Bordeaux (France), and the relocation of slum dwellers (Lisbon), among other phases. More recently, Prof. Crozat also directed the research project “Dynamics of urban peripheries of the cities of southern Europe: between standards and innovation.” Currently, Prof. Crozat is leading the MA in Territories, Societies, Planning and Development at the University Paul Valéry, teaching “Tourism and Sustainable Development of Territories”.

Emanuele Giordano is BA in Economics and is currently finishing his PhD thesis on Geography and Urban Planning at the Université Paul Valéry – Montpellier 3. He joined the University of Montpellier in 2013 having previously work as a researcher at the University of Venice. His research is centered about the recent evolution of lighting practices and the performative effects of illumination on nocturnal practices and performances.

William Straw is James McGill Professor at the Department of Art History and Communication Studies and Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. Prof. Straw has been PI of 3 projects (The Urban Night SSHRCIDG, 2012/2014; The film extra and its historical meanings SHRCIG, 2012/2015; Media and urban life in Montreal FQRSCTG, 2010/2014).

Irina van Aalst is Associate Professor in Urban Geography at Utrecht University, in Netherlands. Her research can be positioned at the intersection of urban, cultural and economic geography. She has published on urban dynamics and culture, surveillance and nightlife, public spaces, creative industries, and has supervised PhD students with projects on Art in public space, dynamics in urban Nightlife districts and the Dutch publishing sector. In 2009 she received a four years grant (NWO; 550 k€) for a research project on ‘Surveillance in Urban Nightscapes’. By focusing on different Dutch cities, her team analyzed and addressed impact and effects of surveillance, on the way urban nightlife districts are governed and on spatiotemporal variations in nightlife consumption of young people (www.stadsnachtwacht.nl). Furthermore, she is coordinator of the research program ‘Growing up in the City’ in the strategic theme Dynamics of Youth (UU) and coordinator of the Master course Urban Daily Life and supervisor of students at Master’s level (UU).

Ilse van Liempt is an Assistant Professor in Urban Geography and Qualitative Research Methods in the Human Geography Department, Utrecht University. She joined the University of Utrecht in 2010 as a post-doc researcher having previously worked as a Marie Curie research fellow at the Sussex Centre for Migration Research, Sussex University.She completed her PhD at the Institute for Ethnic and Migration Studies at the University of Amsterdam in 2007 and has been a Visiting Researcher at the Centre for the study of Global Ethics in Birmingham in 2005. Her research is centred around irregular migration, smuggling, trafficking, surveillance, gender and public space.

Jorge Sequera holds a PhD in Sociology obtained from Complutense University of Madrid. He was enrolled as an FCT postdoctoral research fellow at the Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences, New University of Lisbon (2016-2018). Currently, he is Assistant Professor and Researcher at University of Valladolid (Spain). Jorge Sequera was awarded with the 1st World Social Science Fellow in Sustainable Urbanization (International Social Science Council, UNESCO) and is co-founder of Social Urbansim Office in Madrid. Jorge Sequera’s research focuses on key phenomena of urban transformation, such as lifestyles, social class, residential segregation, social exclusion, control society and biopolitics, gentrification, touristification, urban social movements and social protest.

Enrico Petrilli is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Milan-Bicocca, where he is developing a research on liminal leisure in night-time spaces. In July 2018, he has earned a doctorate degree in Applied Sociology and Methodology of Social Research from the University of Milano-Bicocca, with a dissertation concerning an ethnographic study of pleasures in electronic dance music clubs. His research interests vary from alcohol and other drugs-related practices and discourses, club culture and nightlife, qualitative methods, the role of pleasure in post-disciplinary regime and its insurrectionary possibilities. His works has been published in different edited books and journals (Contemporary Drug Problems; Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy; Journal of Youth Studies among others).