Melissa García-Lamarca, PhD
Melissa holds a PhD in geography from the University of Manchester, where she studied how mortgage indebtedness affects everyday life and struggles against housing foreclosure and eviction in the Barcelona metropolitan region. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Barcelona Laboratory for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability, based at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Aside from her research on housing, at the Barcelona Laboratory Melissa studies the role that urban green space creation plays in gentrification, how residents are responding, and what cities are doing to be green, just, and equitable. Melissa is an activist in housing movements in Barcelona. She has fifteen years’ experience working as a consultant, researcher, teacher, and project coordinator in Canada and internationally, including two semesters as travelling faculty with IHP Cities in 2011.
- PhD, University of Manchester