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00014 University of Helsinki

Saila-Maria Saaristo is a PhD Researcher in the Doctoral Programme "Political, Societal and Regional Change" at the University of Helsinki and the Doctoral Programme "Democracy in the 21st Century" of the University of Coimbra. Her current research focuses on evictions and resistance against evictions in Lisbon. In the project, she examines occupations of social housing units as well as social movements who support the residents, asking up to what extent these practices of resistance are transformative to existing conditions of social life. She is interested in urban practices of resistance in the current context of financialized capitalism, in different manifestations of urban inequality, depending on gender, ethnicity and social class, and in promises and opportunities of a genuine exchange of experiences, practices and theories between the South and the North.

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