Dr Sonja Marzi



I am Assistant Professor in the Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies Department at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Before joining Radboud University I was a Lecturer at Glasgow University in the School of Social and Political Science and prior to that a postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Methodology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. I continue to hold a Visiting Fellow Position in both the Department of Methodology and the Latin America and Caribbean Centre at the LSE. …


In my research I overall follow two lines of inquiry with a focus on Colombia:

  1. Women’s resistance to different forms of violence and their activism to build emancipatory urban futures, and the gendered right to the city and aspirations of how this right can be fulfilled in the future.
  2. Methodological research: feminist (remote/hybrid) participatory action research and co-production of knowledge …


I include my research as much as possible into my teaching and believe in research-led teaching to enhance students’ learning experiences. I have extensive experience teaching students from different backgrounds and disciplines at Radboud University, the University of Glasgow, the London School of Economics and Political Science and University of East Anglia.

My teaching covers themes such as Gender and Urban Issues with a Global South focus, Qualitative Methods, Research Design, Theory and Contemporary Issues in Development Studies and with a Latin America focus (Bachelor and Master level). …


Peer-reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters


Sonja Marzi and Rachel Pain. ‘Volviendo a Vivir’ (Coming back to life): Displaced women’s activism building emancipatory urban futures at a time of crisis in Colombia. Urban Studies. https://doi.org/10.1177/00420980231213730

Sonja Marzi. Co-producing impact-in-process with participatory audio-visual research. https://doi.org/10.1111/area.12851


Sonja Marzi. ‘Having money is not the essential thing…but…it gets everything moving’: Young Colombians navigating towards uncertain future? Sociological Research Online. https://doi.org/10.1177/13607804211024273


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Museum Casa de Memoria, Medellín, Colombia: Project presentation of the Fritz-Thyssen foundation funded project ‘Migrant women in Medellín and their Right to the City’.

The presentation is of the end product: a co-produced webpage that presents the results the of the project.

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London School of Economics and Political Science: Screening of ‘Volviendo a Vivir’.

Research presentation and screening of co-produced film with Q&A and including women participants and whole research team.

The film was produced by an innovative remote participatory video research design by using women’s smartphones…

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London School of Economics and Political Science

LSE Research Showcase, Reinventada: The realities of women in Colombia during the pandemic.

Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México …

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