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Dr. Ophélie Véron

Center for Metropolitan Studies
TU Berlin
Hardenbergstraße 16-18
HBS-6
10623 Berlin

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Research Focus

  • Socio-ecological transformations and social justice
  • Power, Resistance and Urban Divisions
  • Vegan geographies
  • Anarchist Geographies

Current Research Project

Just and Green Cities: An Intersectional Perspective on Urban Agriculture and Roma Inclusion in Europe

Cities have become epicentres for confronting climate change worldwide. Widely acknowledged for its environmental benefits, urban agriculture is in particular blooming in Europe. However, by putting the emphasis on environmental progress rather than social justice, it may support social and spatial inequalities. Recent shifts in scholarship have started critically examining urban agriculture, but a clear evaluation of its social, economic and cultural impacts in European cities is still missing. This project intends to fill this gap by exploring the relationship between urban agriculture and social (in)justice in urban space. The project’s research aims are threefold: 1) conceptually, it seeks to explore the compatibility between environmental sustainability and social justice from the ground up; 2) empirically, it will examine the relationship between urban agriculture and Roma integration in three European cities, Paris, Berlin and Sofia, where a number of community gardens actively support Roma populations and vulnerable groups; 3) methodologically, it intends to develop an intersectional analytical framework to explore environmental action. The account will centrally involve a novel perspective on how cities may become more socially just and environmentally sustainable. The project will adopt an interdisciplinary research strategy, based on ethnographic investigation, historical urban analysis and participatory research.

Research Projects

2022 - present
Just and Green Cities: An Intersectional Perspective on Urban Agriculture and Roma Inclusion in Europe

2018 - 2022
Is the Alternative City a Just City? Geographies of Race, Class and Gender in Alternative Food Movements

2016 - 2018
From Subjectivity to Social Agency: Vegetarian and Vegan Activism in the Global Age

2008 - 2015
Deconstructing the Divided City: Identity, Power and Space in Skopje

Curriculum Vitae

Employment

Since 06/2022
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, Center for Metropolitan Studies, Technische Universität Berlin

2018 - 2022
Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow, Department of Geography, University of Sheffield

2016 - 2018
Marie Curie COFUND Postdoctoral Fellow, CriDIS, Université Catholique de Louvain

2009 - 2011
Adjunct Lecturer, Sciences Po Paris

2008 - 2011
Early Career Researcher, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne

2005 - 2009
Civil Servant in Training, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris


Education

2008 - 2015
PhD, Geography, University College London

2005 - 2009
Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris, France

2007 - 2008
MSc, Russian and East European Studies, University of Oxford

2005 - 2006
Master 1, Geography, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne


Associations

2022 - current
Department of Geography, University of Sheffield

2019 - current
Marc Bloch Centre, Berlin, CNRS-Humboldt University

2019 - 2022
Center for Metropolitan Studies, Technische Universität Berlin


Acquisitions of Funds, Grants & Scholarships

2022 - 2022
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship

2018 - 2022
Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship

2016 - 2018
Postdoctoral Fellowship Move-In Louvain, Marie Curie COFUND

2008 - 2011
Doctoral Contract, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne

2005 - 2009
Full Scholarship, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris

Publications

Peer Reviewed Articles

  • Véron, O., 2021, Neoliberalising the Divided City, Political Geography, 89
  • Véron, O., 2016, Contesting the Divided City: Arts of Resistance in Skopje, Antipode, 48(5): pp. 1441-1641
  • Véron, O., 2016, (Extra)Ordinary Activism: Veganism and the Shaping of Hemeratopias. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy. 36(11/12): pp. 756-773
  • Véron, O., 2016, L'animal que l'on [ne] mange [pas] : représentations artistiques et médiatiques. Transverse, 15: pp. 16-35

Books
  • Hodge, P., Mc Gregor, A., Springer, S., Véron, O., White, R. (eds.), 2022, Vegan Geographies: Spaces beyond Violence, Ethics beyond Speciesism, Lantern Publishing & Media
  • Véron, O., 2017, Planète Végane. Penser, manger et agir autrement. Paris, Hachette

Book Chapters
  • White, R., Véron, O., Springer, S., Mc Gregor, A.,Hodge, P., 2022, Introduction: Ethical Veganism for More Critical Geographies, in: Hodge, P., Mc Gregor, A., Springer, S., Véron, O., White, R., (eds.) Vegan Geographies: Spaces beyond Violence, Ethics beyond Speciesism, Lantern Publishing & Media, pp.1-18
  • Véron, O., Back to the Future of Vegan Geographies: Towards a Post-Speciesist World. In: Hodge, P., Mc Gregor, A., Springer, S., Véron, O., White, R., (eds.) Vegan Geographies: Spaces beyond Violence, Ethics beyond Speciesism, Lantern Publishing & Media, pp.321-331
  • Véron, O. and White, R., 2021 Anarchism, Feminism and Veganism: A Convergence of Struggles, In: Springer S. (ed.) Anarchist Political Ecology: Violence in the Age of Anthropocentrism, Rowman & Littlefield, pp. 65-88.
  • Véron, O., 2017, Challenging Neoliberal Nationalism in Urban Space: Transgressive Practices and Spaces in Skopje. In: Lelandais, G. and Sentürk, Y. (eds) Identity, Justice and Resistance in the Neoliberal City, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 117-142
  • Véron, O., 2016, From Seitan Bourguignon to Tofu Blanquette: Popularizing Veganism in France with Food Blogs. In: Castricano, J. and Simonsen, R. (eds) Critical Perspectives on Veganism. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 287-305

Book Reviews
  • Véron, O., 2022, Interspecies Politics: Re-Imagining Human-Animal International Relations in the Anthropocene, Society & Animals

Presentations

Invited Talks/Lectures in Academic Settings (selection)

  • Privilèges, pouvoir et (in)justice sociale dans les espaces alimentaires communautaires à Berlin, Presented to: Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin, 06/2022
  • Privilèges, pouvoir et (in)justice sociale dans les espaces alimentaires communautaires à Berlin, Presented to: Laboratoire PACTE, Université de Grenoble, 12/2021
  • System Change, not Climate Change: Conceptualising Prefigurative Grassroots Action towards Sustainability. Presented to: Department of Geography, University of Leicester, UK, 12/2020
  • Véganisme : de l’action individuelle à la mobilisation collective. Presented to: Centre d'Etudes du Développement Durable – Fondation Bernheim, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, 05/2019
  • Véganisme et mouvements alimentaires alternatifs : enjeux de justice sociale et spatiale. Presented to: Sociological Forum, Université de Genève, Switzerland, 04/2019
  • Is the Alternative City a Just City? Geographies of Race and Class In Alternative Food Movements. Presented to: Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 05/2018
  • Anarchisme, féminisme et véganisme : quand les luttes convergent. Presented to: Université de Montréal, Canada, 11/2017
  • Anarchisme, féminisme et véganisme : quand les luttes convergent. Presented to: Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada, 11/2017
  • Pourquoi mangeons-nous les animaux ? Presented to: Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada, 11/2017.
  • (Extra)Ordinary Activism: Moments of Rupture and Everyday Life in the Vegan and Environmental Movements. Presented to: Climate Futures: This Changes Everything UCSB's Critical Issues in America Series for 2016. UCSB, Santa Barbara, USA, 03/2016

Refereed Presentations at Academic Conferences (selection)
  • Fulfilling the Radical Potential and Promise of Vegan Geographies. Presented to: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, 09/2022, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  • Back to the Future of Vegan Geographies: Towards a Post-Speciesist World. Presented to: Anarchist Studies Networks, 08/2022, online conference.
  • Privilege, power and social (in)justice in Berlin’s community food spaces. Presented to: Nordic Geographers Meeting, 06/2022, Joensuu, Finland
  • Re-Writing Environmentalism through Anarchist Praxis. Presented to: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, 08/2019, London, UK
  • From Alternative Practices to Radical Politics: Sustainability and Social Justice in Berlin’s Grassroots Food Movements. 8th Nordic Geographers Meeting, 06/2019, Trondheim, Norway
  • Anarchism, Feminism and Veganism: A Convergence of Struggles. Presented to: Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, New Orleans, USA, 04/2018
  • Toward Anarcha-feminism and Veganarchism. Presented to: AAG Annual Meeting, New Orleans, USA, 04/2018
  • Exploring the Anarchist City: Autonomy, Mutual Aid and Self-Management in la Baraque. Presented to: 1st International Conference of Anarchist Geographies and Geographers, Reggio Emilia, Italy, 10/2017
  • Anarchist Geographies and the Politics of Hemeratopias. Presented to: Research Workshop for Critical Geography, Bremen, Germany, 06/2017
  • From the Geography of Veganism to Antispeciesist Geography: An Attempt to Define Vegan Geographies. Presented to: AAG Annual Meeting, Boston, USA, 04/2017
  • Vegan Geographies. Presented to: AAG Annual Meeting, San Francisco, USA, 04/2016
  • Anarchist Geographies of Veganism: Towards an Everyday Praxis of Resistance. Presented to: Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, San Francisco, 03/2016
  • Food Activism in Public Space: when Vegans Take to the Streets. Presented to: Food Project 4th Global Meeting, University of Oxford, UK, 09/2015
  • Resistance and the Shaping of Everyday Life Alternatives: Vegan Activism in Paris. Presented to: Mancept Workshops in Political Theory, Manchester Centre for Political Theory, UK, 09/2015
  • Contesting the Divided City: Spaces of Subversion and Arts of Resistance in Skopje. Presented to: Critical Spaces conference, Kingston University, London, UK, 01/2015
  • Contesting the Divided City. Presented to: Warwick Graduate Conference in Political geography, Warwick, UK, 11/2014
  • Alexander the Great vs. Skanderbeg: The Struggle for Power and Space in the Divided City. Presented to: Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) Annual World Convention, New York, US, 04/2011
  • Rethinking the Model of Interethnic Relations in the Balkans: The Education Challenge in Macedonia. Presented to: 11th Mediterranean Research Meeting, Florence and Montecatini, Italy, 03/2010

Conference Organisation

09/2022
Fulfilling the Radical Potential and Promise of Vegan Geographies, 2 conference sessions co-organised with Andrew McGregor, Catherine Oliver, Simon Springer and Richard White. RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London

11/2019
Les animaux en ethnographie, quelles méthodes d’enquête, quelles postures éthiques ? Conference Scientific Committee Member, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris

08/2019
Environmental and Ecological Justice: Anarchist Contributions and Perspectives, 3 conference sessions co-organised with Marcelo Lopes de Souza, Simon Springer and Richard White. RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London

04/2018
Towards Vegan Geographies and The End of Anthroparchy, 2 conference sessions co-organised with Yamini Narayanan, Simon Springer and Richard White. AAG Annual Meeting, New Orleans

04/2018
Geographies of Anarchist Praxes, 2 conference sessions co-organised with Federico Ferretti, Farhang Rouhani, Simon Springer and Richard White. AAG Annual Meeting, New Orleans

04/2017
Towards Vegan Geographies: Ethics Beyond Violence, 2 conference sessions co-organised with Yamini Narayanan, Simon Springer and Richard White. AAG Annual Meeting, Boston

04/2016
Vegan Geographies, conference session co-organised with Simon Springer and Richard White. AAG Annual Meeting, San Francisco

04/2011
Charting the Nation in Urban Space: Reflections on the Recent Developments in Southeastern Europe, conference session co-organised with Anastas Vangeli and Misha Popovikj. ASN Annual World Convention, New York

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