Profile of Ms Luz Navarro Eslava Cardiff University

Luz Navarro Eslava

Prior to commencing my PhD, I graduated in 2012 from The Bartlett the DPU UCL, completing the MSc BUDD, and completed the MSc Urban Planning and Sustainability from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
An Architect and Urban Planner, I have over 5 years of experience working in London and Valencia, specialising in large scale projects. I spent five months working as a Volunteer at the UN-Habitat Programme in Cambodia, where I researched on urban mobility in Phnom Penh and evictions and participatory approaches to secure Land Tenure in Sihanoukville.

General research interests

My main research interest is the potentiality of dissensus as an agent of design in the current post-political arrangement, and to what extent do dissentient acts can transform the existing post-political arrangement by putting forward an alternative to the current process of urban development. I am also interested in how these destituent (in an Agambenian sense) practice inform the current process of urban development and how can these be distilled into design ‘guidelines’ for in contested contexts and ultimately, what is the potential role for professionals of the built environment in this process?

PhD/Postdoctoral Research Title

The topology of urban conflict and the transformative potential of dissensus

PhD Abstract

The research aims to unveil the potentiality of dissensus as an agent of design in the current post-political arrangement (Mouffe, 2005; Swyngedouw, 2008a; Žižek, 2002a) to shape alternative urban futures. It will explore which tactics (Agamben, 2014) can truly achieve a rupture in the existing police order and to what extent dissentient acts can transform the existing post-political arrangement. Through grounding the theoretical framework in El Cabanyal, Valencia, ultimately my research seeks to understand how can these be distilled into design ‘guidelines’ for a transformative urban design, and the role professionals of the built environment play in this process.