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Lecturer in Human Geography, Queen Mary University of London

Dr Sam Halvorsen is Lecturer in Human Geography at Queen Mary University of London. Previously, he was visiting scholar at the University of Buenos Aires (2017), a research fellow at the University of Cambridge (2016-2017) and a teaching associate at the University of Sheffield (2015-2016). His research has been funded by the ESRC, British Academy and Leverhulme Trust.

His research examines social movements, political parties and democracy in Latin American cities, having previously published widely on the Occupy London movement. He also has an ongoing interest in the relationship between territory - the occupation and control of space - and grassroots politics.

He is chair and founder of the the Latin American Geographies in the UK Research Network (LAG-UK) and co-convenes the Queen Mary Latin American Network (QMLAN).

Recent publications include: 'The Geography of Political Parties: territory and organisational strategies in Buenos Aires’, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 2019; ‘The Political Opportunities of Urban Decentralisation: Mobilising local governance in Buenos Aires’, Political Geography 2019; '‘Mobilising Territory: Socioterritorial movements in comparative perspective’ (co-authors: Fernandes, B.M. and Torres, D)., Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 2019; and ‘Decolonising territory: Dialogues with Latin American knowledges and grassroots strategies’ (Progress in Human Geography, 2018).


  • –present
    Lecturer in Human Geography, Queen Mary University of London


  • 2015 
    UCL, PhD Geography