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Night Students

Other individuals interested in the night from a policy perspective and contributing to the field of night studies around the world.

LATIN AMERICA

Gerardo González: Venezuelan sociologist. Professor at Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV) and analyst for Consultores 21. Interested in the use of night spaces in Caracas, Venezuela. Follow his work in his blog ciudades invisibles.

NORTH AMERICA

From left to right: Luc Gwiazdzinski, Will Straw, Andreina Seijas and Armando Silva at The Cities We Need Conference in Montreal. February 2015.

From left to right: Luc Gwiazdzinski, Will Straw, Andreina Seijas and Armando Silva at The Cities We Need Conference in Montreal. February 2015.

William Straw:  Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada and Professor at the Department of Art History and Communications Studies in McGill University in Montreal. Find more information on his work here and check out his website on The Urban Night.

Robert Williams: Associate professor at Bennett College (Greensboro, NC) and author of "Night Spaces: Darkness, Deterritorialization, and Social Control" (2008). Check out more of his work on his website.

EUROPE

Luc Gwiazdzinski: Geographer, urban planner and researcher at the University of Grenoble. His main areas of interest are the city, open innovation, time and mobility. Find more information about his work here.

On February 2015, I participated as a speaker in The Cities We Need/ Les Villes Q'il Nos Faut Conference organized by the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC) in Montreal. I was invited to participate in a panel on the Urban Night moderated by William Straw and with the participation of Luc Gwiazdzinski. Watch the panel discussion here.

Meeting with Mirik Milan in Amsterdam, Netherlands. January 2016.

Julien Eymeri: co-founder of Quartier Libre, a Paris-based strategy and innovation consultancy that provides decision-makers with clear insights into economic, social and cultural changes to help leaders to overhaul their long-term vision and rethink their business approach. Read Julien's work on the relevance of The Nocturnal City around the world here.

Mirik Milan: Night Mayor (Nachburgemeester) of Amsterdam 2012-2016 and founder of the Night Mayors Summit. The Night Mayor Foundation “is an independent, not for profit foundation dedicated to ensuring a dynamic nightlife in Amsterdam, and helping to build bridges between the business owners specific to nightlife in the city, and the city council, the mayor, residents and the public to create a pleasant, safe environment without damaging the night-life’s attractive and vibrant economy.”

  • Read my interview with Mirik here.
  • Watch an interview with Mirik and a sumary of 2016 Night Mayors Summit here.

ASIA

Matthew Chew:  Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Hong Kong Baptist University. His main focus is the study of popular culture, with the four main areas being fashion, online games and nightlife. Author of Research on Chinese nightlife and night-time economies: Significance, problematics, and current development (Chinese Sociology and Anthropology, 2009-2010). More info on his work.

James Farrer: Professor of Sociology and Global Studies at Sophia University in Tokyo. He conducts research on East Asian urban culture, gender and sexuality in China and Japan,and expatriate community formation in East Asian cites. Author of Global Nightscapes in Shanghai as Ethnosexual Contact Zones (Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2011). More info on his work.

Andrew Field: Long-term Shanghai resident, historian, teacher, and scholar of Chinese studies, Director of Shanghai Programs at Boston University and author of Shanghai's Dancing World:  Cabaret Culture and Urban Politics, 1919-1954 (Chinese University Press, 2010). More on his work.