Assistant Professor of Urban Geography
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Room: STC 4.12, St Clement’s Building, LSE
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Dr Centner is an urban and development scholar. Before joining LSE he was Assistant Professor at Tufts University, near Boston, 2008-2013, where he lectured and advised in Sociology, International Relations, Urban & Environmental Planning, and Latin American Studies.
Dr Centner is currently completing a book manuscript about neighbourhood redevelopment amidst IMF-inspired reforms in Buenos Aires, where he completed more than two years of ethnographic fieldwork. He has authored several articles and is engaged in ongoing projects that investigate urban social change, transformation of the built environment, and their connections to larger political struggles – from Latin America (especially Argentina and Brazil) to the Middle East and Southern Europe (especially Turkey).
Dr Centner is active in the American Sociological Association and numerous scholarly groups related to global urban studies. He was one of the co-founders of the Transnational Studies Working Group at Tufts University. He received his PhD in Sociology from Berkeley in 2008.
- Comparative urban studies
- Globalization & development
- Fieldwork methods
- Contemporary theory
- Built environment
- Political sociology
- Latin America
- Southern Europe
- Middle East
- Centner, R. (2012) ‘Moving away, moving onward: Displacement pressures and divergent neighborhood politics in Buenos Aires.’ Environment & Planning A, Vol.44 No.11, pp.2555-2573
- Centner, R. (2012) ‘Techniques of absence in participatory budgeting: Space, difference, and governmentality across Buenos Aires.’ Bulletin of Latin American Research, Vol.31 No.2, pp. 142-159
- Centner, R. (2012) ‘Microcitizenships: Fractious forms of belonging after Argentina neoliberalism.’ International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Vol.36 No.2, pp. 336-362
- Centner, R. (2011) ‘Ways out of crisis in Buenos Aires: Translocal landscapes and the activation of mobile resources,’ pages 109-124, in Translocal Geographies: Spaces, Places and Connections, edited by Katherine Brickell and Ayona Datta. Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing
- Centner, R. (2010) ‘Spatializing distinction in cities of the global South: Volatile terrains of morality and citizenship.’ Political Power and Social Theory, Vol.21, pp. 281-298
- Centner, R. (2010) ‘Cities and strategic elsewheres: Developments in the transnational politics of remaking urban space.’ New Global Studies, Vol.4 No.1, pp. 1-7
- Centner, R. (2009) ‘Conflictive sustainability landscapes: The neoliberal quagmire of urban environmental planning in Buenos Aires.’ Local Environment, Vol.14 No.2, pp. 175-194
- Centner, R. (2008) ‘Places of privileged consumption practices: Spatial capital, the dot-com habitus, and San Francisco’s internet boom.’ City & Community, Vol.7 No.3, pp. 193-223