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Dr Giulia Torino

Dr Giulia Torino

Research Fellow in Urban Studies, Peterhouse College

Urban Ethnography, Racial Capitalism, Cities and Race, Bordering and Migration, Decoloniality, Cities and (Post-)Conflict, Urban Politics of Everyday Life, Inequality, Pluriversality, Territory, Inhabitation, Urban South(s), Latin America, Colombia, Southern Europe, Italy, Black Mediterranean.



  • 2021-present: Research Fellow in Urban Studies, Peterhouse College, University of Cambridge
  • 2021-present: Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
  • 2021: Consultant (mapping and analysing racialised surveillance in the city), Amnesty International - see the project outcomes.
  • 2017-2020: Guest Lecturer: Department of Architecture and Department of Politics and International Studies (University of Cambridge); University of Sheffield; University Externado of Colombia; University of Basel
  • 2017-2018: Visiting Researcher, Department of Cultural Studies and Faculty of Aesthetics, Pontificia Javeriana University, Bogotá
  • 2015: Urban Designer, New York City Department of City Planning
  • 2014: Visiting Researcher, Department of Architecture, Los Andes University, Bogotá


  • 2021, PhD Urban Studies (no corrections), University of Cambridge
  • 2015, MA Urban Design and Planning (summa cum laude), University IUAV of Venice & University of Sheffield
  • 2012, BA Architecture (summa cum laude), University IUAV of Venice & Illinois Institute of Technology

Recent awards and prizes

  • Society of Latin American Studies (SLAS) Postdoctoral Research Prize, 2022
  • Isaac Newton Small Research Grant, University of Cambridge, 2022
  • University of Cambridge - CRASSH Research Network Funding, 2021-2022
  • Cambridge Political Economy Society Dissertation Grant, 2020
  • University of Cambridge - King's College Doctoral Studentship, 2016-2019
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRD-DTP) Doctoral Studentship, 2016-2019
  • University of Cambridge - Department of Architecture Fieldwork Travel Award, 2019
  • Society of Latin American Studies (SLAS) Conference Grant, 2019 & 2020
  • University of Cambridge - Kettle's Yard Travel Award, 2018 & 2019
  • Society of Latin American Studies (SLAS) Travel Grant, 2018 & 2019
  • University of Cambridge - Worts Travelling Scholars Fund, 2018 & 2019
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC-DTP) Fieldwork Grant, 2018
  • University of Cambridge - Departmental Grants for the 'Urbanism in the Global South (UGS) Network' from: Department of Architecture, Department of Geography, Department of Politics and International Studies, 2017-2019
  • University of Cambridge - King's College Graduate Award, 2017
  • Santander Mobility Grant, 2017


All the research interests below have in common a focus on expanded notions of "South(s)" and "urban", an ethnographic engagement with the everyday life and ordinary processes of urbanization, and an interest in the dynamic relation between space, place, power, and politics.

1. Spaces of unsettlement and the politics of inhabitation under racial capitalism
2. Relational epistemologies of space and place
3. Cities in the wake of war

Methodologically, my research builds on ethnographic methods, long-term qualitative fieldwork, semi-structured interviews, critical policy and discourse analysis, and active participation with communities, advocacy, and activist groups. My research is guided by critical race and feminist theories, decoloniality, critical migration and border studies, and Southern urban studies. Apart from English, I have taught, worked, and conducted interviews in Spanish and Italian.


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Undergraduate teaching [2021-2022]

  • Lecturer and supervisor, "Global citizenship and its frontiers", Part VI of Paper 4 ("Citizenship, cities and civil society"), Part IB Tripos, Department of Geography
  • Lecturer, "The banality of displacement", Pol 16 ("The Politics of Conflict and Peacebuilding"), Part IIB HSPS Tripos, Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)

Postgraduate teaching [2021-2022]

  • Primary supervisor, MPhil dissertations, Centre for Latin American Studies (CLAS)
  • Lecturer, "Race, multiculturalism, and the right to (belong in) the city", MPhil in Latin American Studies, Centre for Latin American Studies (CLAS)

In her previous teaching (2017-2020), Giulia has developed and presented the following lectures: "Makeshift Urbanisms" for the MPhil in Architecture Course "Peripheral Urbanism"; "Postcolonial and Decolonial Theories", "Intersectionality and Feminism", "Critical Race Theory and the City", three lectures for the RIBA Part IB Undergraduate Course "Theories in 20th Century Architecture" that then became a structural part of the Cambridge Architecture Curriculum. She has also been actively involved in the UoC's "Decolonising the Curriculum" during 2017-2020.

External activities

  • Co-PI (with Dr Surer Mohamed) of the CRASSH Research Network "In War's Wake". Twitter: @InWarsWake
  • Founder and former convenor (with Dr Noura Wahby and Dr Shreyashi Dasgupta) of the "Urbanism in the Global South" Research Network at the Department of Geography, Department of Architecture and POLIS Department
  • Committee Member of the Latin American Geographies (LAG-UK) Research Group, Royal Geographical Society with IBG
  • Member of the Afro-Colombian grassroots organisation Costurero de la Memoria (Memory Stitchers) working for the Human Rights of IDP women and their families.