In 2016 Thomas Aguilera received three awards* for his thesis on public policies towards squats and slums.
He examines the ability (or inability) of public actors to govern squats and slums, which have been present in the Paris and Madrid regions since the 1960s. He highlights the fact that un-governability is a construct that public actors create to justify inaction and/or the establishment of exemption policies. He also shows that this type of governance is conducive to police and humanitarian emergency policies. Finally, he stresses that when civil society (artist collectives, activists) takes over these spaces, it obtains positive results in terms of re-socialization, and activates resolution and normalization policies, thereby proving that squat and slum policies can be institutionalized over the medium to long term.
Thomas is currently a lecturer in political science at Sciences Po Rennes, where he heads the Masters in “expertise of territorial public action”.
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