Sara Gonzàles

Is a Research Associate in GURU at the University of Newcastle. She has a degree in Sociology from the University of Deusto (Spain) and is now completing her PhD thesis on the Politics of Scale in Bilbao which is being supervised from the University of the Basque Country (Spain). She is interested in political economy approaches to socio-economic development, crisis theories and the discursive construction of places and spaces. Her main interest is the link between socio-economic explanations to social change and more cultural and political ones. For this, she has been developing an institutional methodology that combines the analysis of structures with micro and linguistic practices. Generally she is interested in the constant tension in societies between change and stability.



Recent Projects:

Currently she works as a researcher in EU FP5 project, SINGOCOM which seeks to build a model for the analysis and promotion of social innovation in governance at the neighbourhood level in European cities. The research will finish in 2004 and covers case-studies in 6 European countries. Sara González is specifically focusing on the area of Newcastle Upon Tyne (UK):


Recent Publications:

  • 2002 'Key concepts in the 'new institutionalism' approach. The context of Urban Regeneration strategies', in VAN DIJK, J., ELHORST, P., OOSTERHAVEN, J., and WEVER, E., Urban regions: Governing Interacting Economic, Housing, and Transport Systems', Utrecht: Netherlands Geographical Studies nr. 303
  • 2002 'Inequality in the 'Entrepreneurial city' ' in Human Rights and the Town, Report of Valladolid, Valladolid: Universidad de Valladolid, pp. 49-52
  • 2001 (with GOMEZ, M.V.) 'Reply to Beatriz Plaza's 'The Guggenheim-Bilbao Museum Effect' in International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, vol. 25, n.4, pp. 898-890



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