Josie Hooker

PhD Researcher in Global Political Economy (ESRC 1+3)
Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath

Start date: October 2017

Research topic: Crisis, austerity and new social subjectivities in urban Spain: movement perspectives from the 15M to the institutional turn and beyond in Spain

Responding to Bailey et al.’s (2018) call for a “disruption-oriented” political economy, my research will generate critical, movement-relevant knowledge about crisis, austerity and struggle in urban Spain. I am especially three inter-related features of the post-2008 cycle of struggle: 

1) Amidst generalising precarity, a resurgent materialist politics expressing emergent class compositions beyond class-delimited identity, and a turn to the politics of social reproduction 

2) The powerful assertion of the politics of race, coloniality, gender and sexuality 

3) The territorial and spatial dimension – that is, struggles over the production of space in, against and beyond austerity urbanism. For example, via the mobilisation of the neighbourhood and municipal scales, or around strategic, spatial circuits of value accumulation such as property and tourism 

As such, I will mobilise decolonial (Quijano 2000; Mezzadra and Neilson 2013; Dinerstein 2015), feminist (Bhattacharya 2017; Dalla Costa and James 1972; Federici 2012) and spatial (Clare 2018; Gray 2018a; Gray 2018b) perspectives within minor marxisms (Bailey et al. 2018). 

I’m committed to collective knowledge production using militant, participatory action, decolonial and feminist research methods and epistemologies. 

Research supervisors: Dr Ana Dinerstein, Prof. Bridget Anderson

Professional memberships/Positions held:

Member of SWDTP student-led Participatory Action Research group
Committee member of SWRC
Founding member of Bath-Bristol Standing Seminar in Critical Theory

Email: jh2809@bath.ac.uk

Website/Blog: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Josie_Hooker