School of Geography

Teresa Franco


PhD student

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 2744
Room Number: Bancroft Building, Room 2.08


Research interests

Urban cultural studies, cultural geography, mobility studies, urban studies, transport geography, literary theory, film studies, visual methodologies, narrative analysis, cultural studies, transdisciplinarity.

PhD research

Everyday Urban Mobilities through Cultural Representations: A Study of Mexico City

This PhD investigates everyday mobility practices in Mexico City from 1985 to 2015 from an interdisciplinary perspective that analyses the cultural representations of such practices. It explores how the examination of cultural artefacts can provide new insights for holistic understandings of everyday mobility practices in contemporary cities.  


Academic background

  • Masters of Arts in Cities and Cultures (2014), Queen Mary University of London
  • BA Italian Literature and Language (2012), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Italian Language and Culture (2007), Università per Stranieri di Perugia

Conference presentations

  • ‘Vignettes of Turin in Cesare Pavese’s Narrative’ in Homage to Cesare Pavese – 60 Years after his Death (April 2011), UNAM, Mexico City.


  • Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACyT)


Three Visible Cities: Trieste, Turin and Rome – Undergraduate module, Faculty of Philosophy and Literature, UNAM, 2013

A multidisciplinary exploration that aimed to understand how these three different cities had been represented in Italian literature within the last 100 years.

On Cesare Pavese – Undergraduate module, Faculty of Philosophy and Literature, UNAM, 2012

This module explored the narratives, topics and writing techniques of Cesare Pavese. For this module, I presented the first two sessions.

Italian Language and Culture, 2006-2009

I taught Italian language and culture in different public institutions in Mexico like the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).