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Dr. Craig Hatcher

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craig.hatcher@geo.uzh.ch


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Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Craig Hatcher is a visiting Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) post-doctoral fellow at the Habitat Unit. Trained as a lawyer and a geographer, Craig's broader research interests are concerned with urban conflict and humanitarianism, urban rights and justice (and the 'right to the city' discourse), informality and illegality, urban planning (particularly compulsory purchase powers), and property law.

Craig's current postdoctoral research on "Urbicide: The Role of Property in Urban Conflict" examines processes of property restitution in the post-conflict city, drawing specifically on the 2010 violent unrest in Osh, Kyrgyzstan. In particular, he focuses on the role of property in both peacebuilding processes and restorative justice programmes.

Craig has an interdisciplinary background in geography, law and urban studies and has studied at the University of Bristol, University College London (UCL), and City University. In 2015, he completed his Ph.D on "Law, Space and the City: A Legal Geography of Urban Change in Post-Socialist Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan" at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. The Ph.D addressed the relation between law, governance and post-socialist urban transformation in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, specifically focusing on the regulation of internal migration and the development of informal settlements (novostroikas, in Russian) on the urban periphery.

Outside of academia, Craig often writes case summaries and commentaries for the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC). EHRAC is an independent organisation based at Middlesex University, UK, which specialises in bringing cases against Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Armenia to the European Courts of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Education+

2010  2015
Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD), University of Zurich, Switzerland
(Thesis) Law, Space and the City: A Legal Geography of Urban Change in Post-Socialist Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
(Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Ulrike Müller-Böker; Prof. Dr. Susan Thieme; Prof. Dr. Christine Kaufmann; Prof. Dr. Matthew Gandy)

2009  2010
Master of Science in Urban Studies, University College London, UK
(Thesis) A Community Legacy? Forced Evictions, Property Rights and the London 2012 Olympic Games
(Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ann Varley)

2005 – 2009
Studies and training in law: City University, BPP Law School, and an international law firm in London.

2001 – 2004
Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Geography
University of Bristol, UK

Employment History+

Since 2015
SNF Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver (SFU)
Technical University Berlin

2010 – 2014
Researcher and Teaching Associate, University of Zurich

2007 – 2009
Trainee Lawyer, specialising in Planning, Property and Public Law
Qualified to practise as Solicitor (Lawyer) of the Senior Courts of England and Wales in 2009 

Research Projects+

Since 2015
Urbicide: The Role of Property in Urban Conflict

2010  2015
Doctoral Thesis
Law, Space and the City: A Legal Geography of Urban Change in Post-Socialist Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. (Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Ulrike Müller-Böker; Prof. Dr. Susan Thieme; Prof. Dr. Christine Kaufmann; Prof. Dr. Matthew Gandy)

Teaching Activities+

SS 2014
Tutorials: Human Geography and GIS
Geography, University of Zurich

SS 2013
Excursion: International Development and Organisations, Geneva
Geography, University of Zurich

SS 2012
Excursion: International Development and Organisations, Geneva
Geography, University of Zurich

Conferences+

(2016) Planning for possession: empty homes, urban land scarcity and the paradox of the 'global housing crisis'
Planning, Law and Property Rights (PLPR), University of Bern, February.

(2015) Adverse Possession and Informality, Contested Properties, Aarhus, Denmark, December.

(2015) Subverting constructions of 'illegal' property through a spatio-legal approach, Law and Society Association Conference, Seattle, May.

(2014) Assembling law, University of Zurich research seminar with Ananya Roy, University of Zurich, October.

(2013) Doing legal geography: Notes from Kyrgyzstan. Special panel on Law and Geography. Royal Geographical Society Meeting, London, UK, August.

(2013) Using legal geography as a tool to attend to the everyday experiences of law, Annual American Geographers Meeting, LA, USA, April.

(2012) Internal migration and the propiska: challenging the scalar supremacy of the nation-state in migration research. Summer School on Asian Migrations and Global Flows, International Institute for Asian Studies, University of Leiden, Netherlands, September.

(2012) Uncovering law's hidden spatialities: mobility restrictions in Kyrgyzstan (Poster presentation)
3rd International Conference on Research for Development, Bern, Switzerland, August.

(2011) Uncovering hidden spatialities in law: internal migrants' experiences of residence registration in urban Kyrgyzstan. Cities After Transition, University of Bucharest, Romania, September.

 

Conference panel chairs

with Dr. Susan Thieme (2013) Rethinking transition: institutional legacies in post-socialist Kyrgyzstan.
Cities After Transition Conference, State University of Tbilisi, Georgia, September.

(2012) Ethnographies of Post-socialist Change. Debating Post-Socialism workshop, Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Switzerland, August.

with Dr. Susan Thieme (2011) Internal Migration and the Right to the City: Negotiating the Law in Everyday Life in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Annual Meeting of Migration Research, Dortmund, Germany, October.

 

Publications+

Book contributions

(2012) Forced Evictions: Legacies of Dislocation on the Clays Lane Estate. In: H. Powell and I. Marrero-Guillamon (Eds.) The Art of Dissent: Adventures in London's Olympic State, Marshgate Press: London pp.197 – 206.

 

Refereed articles

(2015) Globalising homeownership: postsocialist property rights in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, International Development Planning Review, 37(4), pp. 467-486.

with Thieme, S. (2015) Institutional transition: internal migration, the propiska, and postsocialist urban change in Bishkek, KyrgyzstanUrban Studies, online since 29 May 2015 doi: 10.1177/0042098015587252.

(2015) Illegal geographies of the state: the legalization of a 'squatter' settlement in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Special edition on Law and Geography in International Journal on Law and the Built Environment, 7(1), pp.39- 54.

 

Other articles and publications

(2015) The Right to Housing: Law, Concepts, Possibilities (by Jessie Hohmann), International Journal of Housing Policy, (Book Review), 15(3), pp.371-373.

with Balybaeva, A. (2013) Simplifying the propiska: Realising the benefits of internal migration. Research Evidence for Policy, National Centre for Competence in Research North-South, Bern, for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooporation (SDC), Regional Edition Central Asia, No.8, Kyrgyzstan. Available in Russian and English.

(2012) The Spatial, the Legal and the Pragmatics of
World-Making: Nomospheric Investigations (by David Delaney) in Geografiska Annaler, 94(2) pp. 199 – 201 (Book review).

Invited Lectures+

(2015) A Community Legacy? Compulsory Purchase, Property Rights and the London 2012 Olympic Games
Department of Geography, Simon Fraser University.

(2012) Forced evictions and the London Olympic Games: linking academic debates with practice
University College London, Urban Practices Seminar.

Grants, Awards and Fellowships+

2015
Swiss National Science Foundation
Post-Doctoral Mobility Fellowship

2013 – 2014
National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South
Doctoral Fellowship, Completion Funding

2010 – 2013
National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South
Doctoral Fellowship for Ph.D Research Project

2010 – 2013
Graduate School, Geography, University of Zurich

2012
International Institute for Asian Studies, University of Leiden, Netherlands 

Professional and Academic Affiliations+