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School of Geography

Jacob Stringer


PhD student



Research interests: Social movements, renters unions, housing, participatory methods, political narratives, political strategy

PhD project

Title: Renters unions against the neo-liberal city: can new renters’ organisations in Barcelona and London build mass movements?

The project seeks to understand the rise of renters unions and their capacity to build mass housing movement organisations in opposition to the neoliberal re-shaping of cities. It takes as the main case study London Renters Union, and asks why this novel form of organising has emerged in recent years, and whether it can successfully build power in a time of political polarisation.

Academic background:

  • MRes Geography, Queen Mary University of London
  • MSc Social and Political Theory, Edinburgh
  • BSc Physics, Imperial College London

Supervisors: Sam Halvorsen, Jon May

Funding: LISS ESRC scholarship 1+3


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