Sara Gonzalez is Associate Professor in the School of Geography at the University of Leeds, UK where she teaches on critical urban geography courses and leads the research group on Social Justice, Cities and Citizenship. She has published work in international journals on the political and economic transformation in cities, the neoliberalisation of urban policies, gentrification and grassroots contestation of these processes. Between 2012 and 2016 she was the Principal Investigator in Leeds of the EU-funded Contested Cities network, bringing together more than 40 researchers across Europe and Latin America. Between 2006 and 2016 she was part of the editorial collective of the open-access ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies. She favours participatory action research methodologies and has been a very active member of a campaign to support her local market in Leeds.
The volume encourages us to expand our studies of gentrification beyond the residential to investigate the relationship between transformations in retail spaces and access to public and urban life. The different cases presented in the book draw on three overlapping analytical frameworks to present and analyze markets in different cities. Contested Markets, Contested Cities, edited by Sara Gonzalez, [examines] the different roles played by markets, and their contradictions, from the perspectives of gentrification and the right to the city. - Liz Mason-Deese, Independent Researcher, Antipode Foundation