Dr Patria Roman-Velazquez

Senior Lecturer and Director of Studies

A Senior Lecturer in Media and Creative Industries, Patria specialises in sociology and communication and has an interest in urban communication, migrant and ethnic economies and urban regeneration.

Patria is a sociology and communication specialist with an interest in urban communication, migrant and ethnic economies and urban regeneration. Her research is framed around theories of globalisation, cities, place and identity mainly through ethnographic research with Latin Americans in London. Her current research interrogates the impact of urban regeneration and urban planning policy frameworks for London's migrant and ethnic economies.

Patria is the author of the book The Making of Latin London: Salsa Music, Place and Identity (1999), and has published articles in a number of journals and edited collections.

Academic background

Patria obtained her PhD from the University of Leicester in 1996. Before joining Loughborough University London, Patria worked as a Lecturer at City University London and the University of Puerto Rico. She has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the areas of media, sociology and urban cultural studies. She has acted as postgraduate course director at both the University of Puerto Rico and City University and has supervised three PhD students to completion in the areas of urban cultural policies, popular music and urban regeneration.

Current research and collaborations

Patria's most recent research about migrant and ethnic business clusters in London highlights the disconnect between urban policy and migrant and ethnic economies. Her most focused research on Latin American business clusters in London explores constructions of place and identity through migrant entrepreneurship at times of intense urban change in London.

Interests and activities

Patria is Vice-Chair of the Communication and City Group, Association of Latin American Communication Researchers (ALAIC). She is also the Founding Chair of Latin Elephant, a charity that aims to increase the participation of Latin Americans in processes of urban change in London, and she is an Associate Fellow for the Institute for Latin American Studies (ILAS), University of London.

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