New arenas
for urban change

Amanda Machin and Robin Leichenko

Amanda Machin is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology and Social Work at the University of Agder, Norway. Machin is a political sociologist with a specialisation in environmental politics and​ radical democracy. After completing her PhD at the University of Westminster, London, supervised by Chantal Mouffe, she has held various positions at universities in Germany. Machin’s work is oriented around the dynamics, identifications and discourses of socio-ecological transformation and the role of human bodies in politics. She has developed a model of ‘ecological agonism’ in which democratic disagreement over environmental issues is understood to be crucial in provoking the emergence of alternatives, disrupting unsustainable conventions, and engaging citizens in a lively politics.

Robin Leichenko is professor at the department of Geography at Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences, USA. She is interested in economic geography and human dimensions of global environmental change. Her work examines how and why processes of global economic and environmental change differentially affect cities, regions and sectors, and the implications of these processes for questions of vulnerability, equity, and sustainability. Current and recent projects investigate three inter-related issues: economic vulnerability and resilience to climate change; economic and social equity implications of climate change impacts and adaptation; and the interplay between global change processes, housing markets, and urban spatial development.