I teach political sociology, political economy and critical/decolonial and Marxist theory. I do research on the politics of hope in the global south, especially Latin America. I was born in Buenos Aires. Prior to joining the Department of Social and Policy Sciences, at the University of Bath, I taught political sociology and sociology of work in Department of Sociology, at Warwick University. At Warwick, I was awarded an MA in Comparative Labour Studies and a PhD in Sociology. I also taught Politics at the University of Buenos Aires, where I studied politics and public administration. Previously, I was trade union rep in the public sector and I studied architecture and drama studies for many years until the degree of politics was re-opened with the return of the democratic government in Argentina.
I am an open Marxist and a critical theorist and my method of enquiry combines a critique of political economy with the philosophy of hope, politics, critical feminism, political sociology and decolonial approaches. My research is transdisciplinary and international. I am unhappy with conventional theories that are failing societies to flourish. I have published five books which have opened new interdisciplinary areas of critical research such as the radical politics of hope and the prefigurative critique of political economy. I am dedicated to theoretical innovation that has significant policy implications. At the centre of my research is the analysis of the contradictory processes of transformation led by social, labour, indigenous, urban and rural movements mainly in the Global South but not exclusively. I explore how their ‘concrete utopias’, i.e. the innovative forms of production and social reproduction that they are bringing about contest patriarchal, colonial and capitalist powers, how they are ‘translated’ by the state into the law and policy, and how they can move beyond the limits imposed to human flourishing by such powers, at a time when alternatives are urgently needed.
I supervise PhD students and mentor post docs and Research Fellows working on:
Global political economy, class, work and crisis
Urban, rural and indigenous movements in Latin America and the Global South
Social and solidarity economy
Alternative forms of social reproduction and new forms of understanding utopia
The Commons, collective action and pre-figurative politics
Marxism and new critical theory
Decolonial theory and social reproduction feminism
Political philosophy and epistemology surrounding social emancipation
Marxism and the new critical theory