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Alva Zalar

Department of Architecture and Built Environment

About me

I am a PhD student at the Department of Architecture and Built environment. I have a master’s degree in spatial planning from Blekinge Institute of Technology and have also been working within the academic field of landscape architecture, planning and management.

About my research project

Within my research project I focus on how the growth-oriented political economy is articulated through public space, and particularly how to challenge and renegotiate commercialization of public space. I am investigating this theme in relation to concepts such as performativity theory, degrowth and intersectionality. I hope to add to the continuous discussion What is a sustainable public space?  

The project will have a strong link to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly to Sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11), through the subject of urban planning, architecture and public space. The project also has a critical approach towards Decent work and economic growth (SDG 8), by examining the relationship between public space and the growth-oriented political economy. My research also entails feminist approaches, which means that I will touch on Gender equality (SDG 5), and Reduced inequalities (SDG 10).