Dr Sonja Marzi


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.


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


Sonja Marzi. Participatory video from a distance: co-producing knowledge during COVID-19 using smartphones. Qualitative Research. https://doi.org/10.1177/14687941211038

Sonja Marzi. ‘Looking Towards the Future: Intersectionalities of Race, Class and Place creating Boundaries to Young Colombians’ Aspirations and Social Mobility’. In Horton, J., Pimlott-Wilson, H. and Hall, S.M. (eds) (2020) Growing up and getting by: poverty, precarity and the changing nature of childhood and youth. Bristol, Policy Press


Sonja Marzi. ‘We are labeled as gang members, like a dangerous barrio, even though we are not’: belonging, aspirations and social mobility in Cartagena. Development Studies Research, 5(1): 15-25. https://doi.org/10.1080/21665095.2018.1466720


Sonja Marzi. Aspirations and Social Mobility: The Role of Social and Spatial (Im)mobilities in the Development and Achievement of Young People’s Aspirations. In: Ni Laoire C, White A and Skelton T (eds) Movement, Mobilities and Journeys. Singapore: Springer Singapore, pp.1-20. http://10.1007/978-981-287-029-2_21

Co-produced Films and Videos (principal investigator)


‘Volviendo a Vivir’ (Back to Life) – 23 minutes long documentary on Colombian women’s displacement experience and challenges in current urban environments; co-produced with a hybrid participatory research design by using participant’s smartphones. 

Watch the documentary trailer here: https://youtu.be/8QgQB9KERV4?si=wVbJ-6vk90oGYBkA


Reinventadas: the realities of women in Medellín during the pandemic – 32 minutes remotely co-produced film by using participant’s smartphones

Trailer of the final documentary: https://vimeo.com/554445666

Full documentary available here: https://vimeo.com/520542933

Other Publications and Public Engagement


Sonja Marzi and Jen Tarr. Hybrid research methods learned during the pandemic present a more just and sustainable future for participatory research. LSE Impact of Social Sciences Blog,  June 2023 [Online].


Sonja Marzi and Rachel Pain. The next REF should place greater value on the ‘impact-in-process’ generated by co-produced research. LSE Impact of Social Sciences Blog,  June 2022 [Online].


Participatory documentary screening: ‘Reinventadas’, LSE event online (including Q&A with women participants of the project)


Sam Halvorsen, Matthew Richmond, Sonja Marzi. The uneven geographies of Covid-19 in Latin America. Blog Geography Directions, June 2020 [Online].

Sonja Marzi. Conducting transnational participatory research with women during Covid-19 remotely: an impossibility?. LSE-ID Blog, 22 may 2020 [Online]. Available at:  https://wp.me/p3MVmW-1UB


Sonja Marzi. Human Capital in Gender and Development. Progress in Development Studies (Book Review)



Sonja Marzi. Childhood, youth and violence in global contexts: research and practice in dialogue. Children’s Geographies (Book Review)

Publications in Progress:

Elisabet Dueholm Rasch and Sonja Marzi . ‘What counts as knowledge for activism? Collaborative research, extraction and epistemologies.  

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