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Sebastiaan Bierema imageBA, BA Hons, MA, PhD
NZ Centre for Sustainable Cities, University of Otago

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Sebastiaan Bierema is research fellow in the governance strand of the Public Housing & Urban Regeneration programme. He completed his PhD in political theory at the University of Galway—his thesis explored the parallels between populism and early twentieth-century utopianism, with a specific focus on urban spaces and ideology. His research and teaching interests are in cities and the built environment, urban spaces and hostile architecture, democratic theory, utopianism, populism, and conspiracy theories.


Bierema, S. (2023). Appropriating the neoliberal city: Populism, post-transcendental phenomenology, and the problematic of the “world”. Journal of Aesthetics & Phenomenology, 10(1), 67-87. doi: 10.1080/20539320.2023.2239605 Journal - Research Article

Bierema, S. B. (2023). After the end of history: Utopia, cities, and the populist imagination (PhD). University of Galway, Galway, Ireland. Retrieved from Awarded Doctoral Degree

Leyden, K. M., Hogan, M. J., D'Arcy, L., Bunting, B., & Bierema, S. (2023). Walkable neighborhoods: Linkages between place, health, and happiness in younger and older adults. Journal of the American Planning Association. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/01944363.2022.2123382 Journal - Research Article

Bierema, S. (2019). [Review of the book The people vs. democracy: Why our freedom is in danger and how to save it]. Journal of Political Power, 12(3), 460-463. doi: 10.1080/2158379X.2019.1668637 Journal - Research Other

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