A Eulogy to Critical Urbanist Sandra Annunziata (1979-2019)


  • Loretta Lees


A year ago this week, on the 4th January 2019, my wonderful friend and colleague Dr. Sandra Annunziata passed away suddenly leaving a baby daughter Elena and partner Francesco. This was, and is, a great loss not just to her close family and friends but also to critical urban studies. Sandra was (and indeed is) an inspiration to me - her infectious enthusiasm, strength, generosity, intellect, knowledge and lovely sociability.


Annunziata, S. (edited and responded to by Lees, L). 2020. Gentrification and public heritage in Rome: the potential and ambiguities of the ‘right to buy’ policy as a strategy to stay put. In, Hammami, F., Jewesbury, D. and Valli, C. (eds.), Heritage, Gentrification and Resistance.

Annunziata, S., Lees, L. and Rivas-Alonso, C. 2020. Segregation, Social Mix and Gentrification. In, Orum, A. et al (eds.) Companion to Urban Regional Studies, Wiley.

Annunziata, S. 2019. Probing the right to buy: changing forms of tenure in Garbatella, Rome. In, Corbin Sies, M., Gournay, I. and Freestone, R. (eds.) Iconic Planned Communities and the Challenge of Change, The University of Pennsylvania Press.

Annunziata, S. and Rivas Alonso, C. 2018. Resisting gentrification. In, Lees, L. with Phillips, M. (2018) (eds.) Handbook of Gentrification Studies, Edward Elgar, Chapter 23.

Annunziata, S and Lees, L. 2016. Resisting ‘Austerity Gentrification’ and Displacement in Southern Europe. Sociological Research Online, 21(3).

Annunziata, S. 2011. Evolving neighbourhood: public sphere without public space in a newly built private neighbourhood in Rome. In, Cremaschi M., and Eckardt F. (eds.) Changing Places, Urbanity, Citizenship, and Ideology in the new European neighbourhoods, Tekne, Amsterdam.

Annunziata, S. 2011. The desire of ethnically diverse neighbourhood: the case of Pigneto in Rome, in Eckardt, F. and Eade, J. (eds.) The Ethnically Diverse City, Berliner Wissenschaftsverlag.

Annunziata, S. 2011. Urbanization. In, Southerton, D. (ed) Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture, Sage.

Annunziata, S. and Cossu, M. 2010. Urbanity beyond nostalgia: discovering public life at the edge of the city of Rome. In, Clapson, M. and Hutchison, R. (eds.) Suburbanization in Global Perspective, Research in Urban Sociology, Emerald Press.

Annunziata, S. 2009. Urbanity and Desire: neighbourhood change in the contemporary economy - the case of Brooklyn. In, Rösemann, J., Sepulveda, D. and Qu, L. (eds.) The new urban question: urbanism beyond neo-liberalism, IFOU.

Lees, L., Annunziata, S. and Rivas-Alonso, C. 2018. Resisting Planetary Gentrification: the value of survivability in the fight to stay put. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 108(2), 346–355.




How to Cite

Lees, L. (2020). A Eulogy to Critical Urbanist Sandra Annunziata (1979-2019). ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 19(1), 374–376. Retrieved from https://acme-journal.org/index.php/acme/article/view/2018



Themed Issue- Narratives of Displacements (Guest Eds. Pull, Lind, Tsoni, Baeten)