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Department of Geography Economic Geography

Xavier Balaguer Rasillo
Xavier Balaguer Rasillo, Dr.

Economic Geography

Tel.: 044 635 52 45
Room number: Y25 L 52

Research Interests

My research interests lie at the inter-section of political economy, philosophy, economic geography, sociology and political ecology.

I am particularly interested in alternative economies, grassroots social movements and self-organization.

Ph.D Project - Alternative Economies and Commoning in Catalonia: Degrowth practices for Post-Capitalist worlds

In my PhD project, I investigated emerging forms of “commoning” and radical ecological citizenships in Catalonia, Spain, and examined responses to socio-environmental crises by analysing new forms of monetary/non-monetary exchange/cooperation and emerging practices of degrowth. I therefore explored how these self-organized social movements can provide contributions for theoretically conceptualising and practically implementing alternative forms of economic and political governance and resistance.

I am particularly insipred by pos-marxist, and feminist political economy debates, as well as ecological thought. Theories around the commons and commoning, materiality as well as Degrowth and Diverse Economies debates, are also central to this research.


2018-2022: University of Zürich

PhD in Economic Geography (Under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Christian Berndt, Prof. Dr. Karin Schwiter and Prof.Dr. José Luis Sánchez Hernández)

2012-2014: Humboldt-Universität, Berlin and University of Bath

MA Euromasters, Politics, Economics and Governance of Europe.

2007-2012: Universidad Carlos III, Madrid

Double Degree in Law and Political Science & Public Administration.

Public Talks


International Critical Geography Conference - Mexico: Lo comunitario y alternativas campesinas a la agroindustria capitalista en México


Global Economic Geography Conference - Dublin: Digital commoning and post-capitalist crypto-economies. The case of FairCoop

Doctoral Public Defence - Zürich University: Alternative Economies and Commoning in Catalonia: Degrowth practices for Post-Capitalist Worlds


Venice Biennale of Architecture: Foundations/ Token: Hosted by Carla Leitao.

Markets and power in the digital age - Neuchatel: Digital geographies of resistance and alternative economies: the cases of FairCoop and Komun as grassroots technological innovations for the commons.

International Degrowth and Ecological Economics Conference - Manchester: Social currency and eco-networks in Catalonia: post-capitalist economies as commoning.


International Critical Geography Conference - Urban Contestations: Alternative Economies and Commoning in Catalonia, Degrowth practices for new worlds

Guest Lecture at Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona: Desenvolupament sostenible, decreixement i cooperativisme en Catalunya


Lange Nacht der Kritik Zürich: Degrowth and activism. Practices of ecological cooperation and resistance


Tangible and Intangible Commons: A symposium at Brighton School or Architecture and Design: Intangible commons as tangible commoning: the materiality of making