Dr. Louis-Henri Volont

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Louis Volont is a postdoc in sociology. He is currently a member of the HCU’s research training group on Urban Future-Making, where he investigates the social performativity of energy futures with a focus on London and Helsinki. He studied sociology at the KU Leuven, Belgium, and in Milan, Italy. His PhD (University of Antwerp) evolved around the production of ‘common spaces’ in Antwerp, Rotterdam and London. Before arriving at the HCU, he was a Fulbright post-doctoral fellow at MIT’s School of Architecture + Planning. Louis’ research interests are urban commons, post-foundational theory, the aesthetic (perceptual) dimension of cities, the life and oeuvre of Henri Lefebvre, French neo-pragmatism, collective imaginaries in times of climate crisis, and the labor cultures of built environment professionals. His work has been featured in journals such as City & Community, Antipode, Social Inclusion and Space & Culture. The spring of 2022 marked the publication of his edited volume The Rise of the Common City: On the Culture of Commoning (Brussels, ASP Editions; with T. Lijster & P. Gielen).