William Kutz has a PhD in geography and whose work examines the urban dimensions of political and economic integration between the European Union and its wider Neighbourhood, namely through the actions of cities and local authorities involved in cross-border governance, planning, and territorial development. Bringing together debates at the intersection between urban studies, subaltern geopolitics and critical border studies, his research explores the legacies of the 2008 Eurozone crisis in the Western Mediterranean. This work draws especially upon theories of capital switching to explain: (i) the growth and prevalence of European property investment to Morocco in the wake of the Spanish property bubble of the mid-2000s; (ii) the novel forms of geoeconomic, cultural and migration governance forged across Mediterranean city-regions to facilitate territorial integration without fundamentally altering existing power-asymmetries between EU and North African states, and; (iii) the novel, albeit contested, transformation of real estate as a financial asset, and homeowners as entrepreneurial investor subjects in the Maghreb. The further detail of these research can be found at Urban Geography (2016), the International Journal ofUrban and Regional Research (2016), Environmentand Planning A (2017), and CITY (2018), Political Geography (2021), Geopolitics (2022), as well as two recent works in French at Migrations Société and Espace Politique
In affiliation with CORS, Kutz arranged the seminar series Mobile bodies, travelling theories: Öresund/Gibraltar 2022, about borderscaping in the Gibraltar and Öresund region. 2023 Kutz arranges Dwelling, elsewhere: Comparative-methodological perspectives on borderland inhabitation, a seminar series on how border research is approached and practiced across professional and disciplinary outlooks, on Oresund and beyond.
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