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Department of Geography

Ifigeneia Dimitrakou
Ifigeneia Dimitrakou, Dr.

Social and Cultural Geography

Tel.: 044 635 51 65
Room number: Y25 L 30


I am an urban studies and housing researcher. I hold a PhD in Urban Planning Design & Policies (Politecnico di Milano-cum laude), MSc. in Urbanism (TU Delft-cum laude), and in Architecture (AUTH-with distinction). Previously, I have worked in research and teaching at Politecnico di Milano and as a postdoctoral researcher at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, the Harokopio University, and the Greek National Centre for Social Research. Moreover, I have worked as an architect-urban planner for medium scale and independent design studios in Berlin.

Research interests

My research interest broadly centers on the role of housing in the production of the built environment, social reproduction, and socio-spatial inequality. Particularly, I am interested in understanding how social relations, power positions, and social antagonisms around accessing housing and home, are constructed and negotiated through everyday practices. My doctoral research examined processes of housing vacancy in post-crisis Athens; my current project looks at the governance of temporary housing in Swiss cities. 

Current projects

I joined the Social and Cultural Geography Group in September 2020 for the project Hannibal II. The research explores the relations of responsibility involved in the governance of property neglect at the lower end of the financialized rental sector in Germany. In parallel, I am a research associate in the project ISTOPOL: Polykatoikia Stories, funded by the Hellenic Foundation for Research & Innovation which examines processes of micro-segregation in Athens ( My current research project, funded by the UZH Postdoctoral Grant, examines the temporal fragmentation and flexibilization of housing in tight rental markets. Particularly, the regulation of these dynamics, and the ways in which they reshape social relations articulated around rent and place.