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Dr Sara Gonzalez

Dr Sara Gonzalez
School of Geography,
University of Leeds,
Leeds

The School of Geography at University of Leeds will coordinate the academic and administrative work of the network through the appointment of a part time administrator. Organisationally, Dr. Sara Gonzalez will oversee the network’s academic coordination, recruit the network administrator and host the inception workshop. Her experience in the coordination team of a multi-sited European project (SINGOCOM) and in undertaking cross-national comparative research will ensure that outputs are delivered on time and research is undertaken in a rigorous comparative manner. Empirically, she will be responsible for the Leeds case study and carry out fieldwork for over 2 weeks at another case study location (possibly Barcelona or Cagliari). Theoretically she will contribute with her expertise on discourse analysis, interpretative policy analysis and politics of scales.

Overview of Sara:
Dr Sara Gonzalez is currently Lecturer in Critical Human Geography at the University of Leeds. From 2002 to 2004 she was a Research Associate in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at the University of Newcastle and in 2004-2005  she held a visiting postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Milano-Bicocca.She then came back to Newcastle with an ESRC/ODPM Postdoctoral Fellowship. She holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Sociology and Political Science from Deusto University (Bilbao, Spain) and a European PhD in Sociology and Political Science from the University of the Basque Country (Bilbao, Spain). 

Her research focuses on issues of territorial governance and in particular on questions of uneven development and territorial injustice in a context of globalisation and neoliberalization, and has so far been specfically concentrated on urban and regional development where her aim is to unpack public policy discourses of governance, competitiveness, economic growth and internationalisation. She has explored these questions in cities and regions in Europe with special attention to the UK, Italy and Spain.