Dr. Lindsay Blair Howe
HIL E 61.2
8093 Zürich Hönggerberg
Tel.: +41 44 633 90 81
Lindsay Blair Howe is an urban geographer with a formal background in architecture and urban design. She is currently a Lecturer and Research Associate at the ETH Zurich Chair of Sociology.
Her current work attempts to understand how urban space is produced by people and policies, and how this can be transformed in the name of a more sustainable future. In particular, she uses unique qualitative and mixed methodologies, such as volunteered geographic information (VGI), to show how urbanization generates uneven material, regulatory, and everyday spaces. Her publications thus contribute to discourses on critical theory and urban studies from a social perspective, advocating for the change of urban policies and systems through an increased understanding of everyday life.
Her PhD, entitled Thinking through Peripheries: Structural Spatial Inequality in Johannesburg was completed in August, 2017. As part of this work, she was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley in 2014 and at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2015 and 2016. She has been awarded numerous grants and awards, including from the Swiss National Science Foundation, USAID, and the Sawiris Foundation for Development. Prior to her doctoral work, she completed her MSc in Architecture and Urbanism from the ETH Zurich in 2012, and her BSc in Architecture and minor in Global Culture and Commerce from the University of Virginia.