Desiree Fields is a Lecturer in Human Geography in the Department of Geography. She is a board member of the Urban Studies Foundation and member of the editorial advisory board of Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space. She is also a Visiting Researcher at the Sheffield Urban Institute.
Desiree is an urban and economic geographer whose work explores the financial technologies, market devices, and historical and geographic contingencies making it possible to treat housing as a financial asset, and how this process is contested at the urban scale. At the heart of her research is an interest in how economic—and increasingly, technological–transformations unevenly restructure urban space and social relations, with a particular concern for how urban struggles for justice coalesce around these changes. Her current project examines post-2008 strategies of housing financialization, and how recent advances in digital technology have participated in this process.
The U.S. National Science Foundation, the British Academy, and the Independent Social Research Foundation have supported Desiree’s research, which has been published in journals including Urban Studies; Economic Geography; Housing, Theory, and Society; City; and International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.
Further information about Desiree can be found here.