Matthew holds a bachelor’s of Architecture and Planning from the University of São Paulo and a Master’s of Planning from the University of Chile.

He is currently working on his PhD in urban planning by looking at the (emancipatory) potential of property rights and the impacts of sustainability policies on displacement in Santiago de Chile and Sao Paulo.

His interest in social justice has miraculously permeated his PhD studies as he drags his wife and two young children around the globe.

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Why are there empty spaces in our cities? Does it matter? I’ve been thinking a lot about vacancy lately. Firstly this was because my family received a ‘Notice to Vacate’ late last year.