Principal Investigator

Marcos Ancelovici was born in Santiago de Chile, obtained a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and is currently Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). He studies social movements and housing struggles. His publications are available here.

His research has been funded by the FRQSC-Soutien aux équipes de recherche (2008-2012 and 2015-2017), the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (where he was Global Scholar in 2009-2010), the FRQSC-Établissement de nouveaux professeurs-chercheurs (2009-2012), the SSHRC-Insight Program (2012-2017, 2016-2021, and 2022-2027), and the Canada Research Chairs Program of the SSHRC (2016-2021). The excellence of his research has been recognized by two awards of the American Political Science Association (APSA)—the 2008 Georges Lavau Dissertation Award and the 2013 Frank L. Wilson Best Paper Award—as well as the Young Researcher Award of the Faculty of Human Sciences of UQAM (prix Jeune chercheur de la Faculté des sciences humaines de l’UQAM), which he received in the fall of 2015. 

Finally, Marcos Ancelovici was co-chair of the Social Movements Research Network of the Council for European Studies (CES) and sat on the editorial board of the international journal Social Movement Studies.


Research Assistant

Malvina Barra holds a B.A. in Designer Practice from the Emile Cohl School in Lyon, France. After a few years working as an independent artist, she decided to go back to school and is currently completing a B.A. in Sociology at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). She is interested in the influence of capitalism on social relations as well as in the organizational capacity of oppressed groups. She is also interested in participatory research and science popularization through art and popular education.


Research Assistant

Yasmine Belam is a Ph.D. student in Sociology at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Her research interests include the sociology of law, immigration, and racism. Her doctoral research focuses on the residential precariousness of racialized and immigrant population and their relationship to housing law. Her social commitment and research interests mobilize critical, feminist, and decolonial perspectives.


Research Assistant

Antoine Lacourcière is a B.A. student in Sociology at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). He is interested in social inequality, power relations, and resistance. He is also very interested in housing struggles, gentrification, and the feeling of uprooting brought about by material and symbolic transformations of space. 


Research Assistant

Anne Morais holds a B.A. in Sociology from the Université de Montréal and is currently M.A. student in Sociology at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Her research interests touch on social movements, collective action, political violence, and social conflict. As part of her M.A. thesis, she is interested in studying the collective action of groups fighting for the right to housing, against gentrification and against evictions in San Francisco, from a qualitative and ethnographic methodological perspective.

Montserrat Emperador Badimon


Professor in the Department of Political Science, Université Lumière Lyon 2 (France) and Marie Curie Scholar at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), Montreal (Canada).