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Olga Sezneva

Saint Petersburg (Russia)

Olga Sezneva

Urban sociologist. Member of the Prize’s Board of Experts.

Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam, she obtained a PhD in 2005 at New York University and was Harper Fellow at the University of Chicago from 2005 to 2009. She subsequently taught Urban Studies in the Centre for Scientific and Technological Studies at the European University at Saint Petersburg.

Her main area of research is urban studies, urban mobility, and new technologies. She has published numerous works on the relationship between material culture and social memory, the global phenomenon of media piracy in emerging economies, and the impact of new technologies in markets, and other subjects. In 2013 she joined a team of international researchers headed by Mario Biagioli in Saint Petersburg to work on the project Russian Computer Scientists at Home and Abroad. This initiative was awarded a Mega grant by the Russian government. Together with Enric Massip-Bosch, she is the creator of a Barcelona-based educational programme in the area of design and she is also a member of the artists’ group Moving Matters Traveling Workshop.

Last update: April 2019

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