We dedicate this special issue to Matthieu Giroud Matthieu’s life was unconscionably cut short in the ISIS attacks on the Bataclan theatre in Paris on 13 November 2015. Although we did not know Matthieu personally, he was a fellow traveller who exempliﬁed the spirit of engagement in thinking about the urban con- dition. He was a critical geographer, an associate professor at the Universite Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallee, whose work focused on the social effects of gentriﬁcation, mobilities and contemporary patterns of urban change. With degrees from both England and ´ ´ France, his PhD thesis, Resister en habitant? Renouvellement urbain et continuites populaires en centre ancient (2007) (Resisting through inhabiting? Urban renewal and working-class per- sistence in the historic city center), was a study of change and resistance in two working-class neighbourhoods – Berriat Saint-Bruno in Grenoble and Alcaˆ ntara in Lisbon. It received the highest academic distinction awarded in the French university system as well as being awarded the 2008 thesis prize by the French National Geography Committee. Matthieu also recently coordinated the French translation of and wrote the preface for David Harvey’s Paris: Capital of Modernity, and was the co-editor, with Cecile Gintrac, of ´ ´ Villes contestees: Pour une geographie critique de l’urbain (2014) (Contested cities: for a critical geography of the urban), the ﬁrst French reader of critical urban studies. His last publication (in October 2015) was a review of Neil Brenner’s text Implosions/Explosions, titled Beyond “Planetary urbanization”: recasting contemporary urban research, published in Metropolitiques (and translated into English by Oliver Waine a few weeks after Matthieu’s death). Both Matthieu’s scholarship and his critical engagement with marginalized people – homeless young people and families living in shelters and squats – and his love for music, soccer and his family, stood for a humane, inclusive and shared urban life, the antithesis of the beliefs of those who killed him. Matthieu’s ﬁnal publication can be found at http://www.metropolitiques.eu/Beyond-plan etary-urbanization.html
Environment and Planning D: Society and Space – SAGE
Published: Jun 1, 2018
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