I am a postcolonial and feminist urban scholar with a background in sustainability science and expertise in Mexico.

I completed my PhD in Urban Studies at Malmö University in February 2018 with a dissertation titled The Land of the Magical Maya: Colonial Legacies, Urbanization, and the Unfolding of Global Capitalism. 

My main research interest is studying the way urbanization unfolds and how global capitalism actually happens on the ground—how both shape everyday life—in the inconspicuous places of the global South. I carry out this work by analyzing how space is produced at the intersection of power, discourse, and imaginaries.

In pursuit of social justice and a cosmopolitan scholarship, I aim to develop theoretical linkages between critical urban theory and post/decolonial approaches.

Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Urban Research (IUR), Malmö University, Sweden.

Research interests:

  • smart cities
  • infrastructure
  • global commodity chains
  • uneven development
  • comparative urbanism
  • production of space
  • everyday life
  • global South

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Motul, Yucatán. © Claudia Fonseca Alfaro 2016.
Mérida, Yucatán. © Claudia Fonseca Alfaro 2016.
Motul, Yucatán. © Claudia Fonseca Alfaro 2014.