Alessio Kolioulis


Twitter: @alessioilgreco


I am a Lecturer/Assistant Professor (Teaching) Urban Economic Development at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (University College London).

Prior to joining UCL, I worked as a Grants Officer and Impact Analyst for various development organizations working primarily in Latin America and the Middle East.

I am the editor of the Journal engagée (Berlin/London/Vienna) and Eterotopia France (Paris).


I have a transdisciplinary approach to teaching, combining critical theories such as urban political ecology with situated practice for the study of urban economic development.

I currently lead two modules:

  • DEVP0038 Urbanisation and Development for the MSc Urban Economic Development. This module offers a critical introduction to the key economic concepts, theories and tools applied to problem diagnosis and policymaking in urbanisation and development; and

  • BASC0018 Urban Inequalities and Global Development for UCL BASc Arts and Science Programme. This module is taught to undergraduate students and takes a critical look at ‘the urban’ in the context of development, globalization, and environmental change.

I also teach in other two modules of the MSc Programme in Urban Economic Development:

  • DEVP0018 Managing the City Economy; and

  • DEVP0019 Practice in Urban Economic Development.


I hold a Joint PhD in Aesthetics and Urban Planning (Paris 8 / Rome La Sapienza) and have a background in development economics and international cooperation.

The interests I cultivated both inside and outside academia are at the intersection of urban theory, economics and philosophy. This led to a doctoral dissertation on the electronic music industry, which analysed the links between night-time economies, urban space, and techno cultures in London and Detroit.

I am now in the process of writing a book that develops the arguments of this work by looking at how the so-called creative industries are transforming London's 'cultural quarters'.

More in general, my research interests fall within two themes:

  1. Inequalities, urbanisation and global development, and

  2. Technological innovation and the cultural and creative industries.

Since 2020, I am working on different research outputs and publications that are mainly focused on the analysis of inequalities in night-time economies. More recently I worked as economist for VibeLab/GIZ research project Cultural and creative industries - drivers of development. The research analyses the Music, Fashion, and Design industries in Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Senegal, South Africa.

Selected Publications


  • "Drivers of Development: the Creative Industries of Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East after Covid-19". Journal article in preparation for Economy and Space.

  • “De-colonise studies of the urban night: understanding darkness from the South” with Dr. Enora Robin (Sheffield).

  • Nocturnal Commons. Rethinking night-time economies in London”. Report commissioned by Autonomy, London.

  • Book Manuscript in preparation for submission in early 2022. Working Title: Techno Capital. How the global cultural economy is transforming London.


  • “More day in the night? The gentrification of London’s night-time through clubbing”. Bollettino della Società Geografica Italiana 14, 2(1) (2019): 209-220.

  • “Of Drones and Angels. GAIKA’s Sonic Images of Urban Resistance.” Mediapolis: Journal of Cities and Culture 2, no. 3 (2017). Open Access.

  • “Borderlands: Dub Techno’s Hauntological Politics of Acoustic Ecology.” Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture 7, no. 2 (2015): 64-85.


  • Kolioulis, A., (engagée Collective eds.). Villes Radicales. Du droit à la ville à la démocratie radicale. Paris, Eterotopia France, 2019. ISBN: 979-10-93250-32-8.


  • "Voices of Creatives. Scenarios for the New Normal in the Creative Industries of Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East after Covid-19". Bonn: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), 2020.

  • "Defining and discussion the notion of Commoning". Chapter 3 of UCLG GOLD Report VI. "PATHWAYS TO URBAN AND TERRITORIAL EQUALITY: Addressing inequalities through local transformation strategies". The Bartlett Development Planning Unit / United Cities and Local Government (2022).


  • “The Future of Dancefloors: Building More Flexible, Open and Innovative Clubbing Experiences”. In M. Fichman, R. Foster, L. Leichsenring, M. Milan, D. Raiselis, A. Seijas, and J. Yuan. Global Night-Time Recovery Plan. VibeLab, 2020. Open Access.

  • “Techno is the Message. Reflections on the Short Circuits of the Electronic Music Industry”. In A. Szepanski. Ultrablack of Music. Frankfurt: Mille Plateaux, 2020. ISBN: 978-3-944233-91-8.

  • (Postface) “Un Besoin d'Espace. Notes sur l’urbanité ingouvernable de Colin Ward” In C. Ward. L’enfant dans la ville. Paris, Eterotopia France, 2020. ISBN: 979-10-93250-41-0.

  • (English Translation) “A Need for More Room. Notes on Colin Ward’s Ungovernable Urbanism”. Anarchist Studies Blog, 12 May 2020. Open Access.

  • Kolioulis, A. and Süß, R. S. (eds.). “Introduction”, in (eds.) Villes Radicales. Du droit à la ville à la démocratie radicale. Paris, Eterotopia France, 2019. ISBN: 979-10-93250-32-8.

  • Kolioulis, A. and Rietveld, H. “Detroit: Techno City” In Lashua, B., Spracklen, K., Wagg, S. (eds.) Sounds and the City Volume 2. Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

  • (Postface) Gandy, M., Kolioulis, A., and Villani, T. “Qu’est-ce que l’écologie queer?” In Gandy, M. Ecologie Queer. Paris, Eterotopia France, 2015. ISBN: 979-10-93250-07-6.


  • "Insights and Findings: Voices of the Creatives Study". VibeLab, 28 April 2021. Link.

  • (Invited Speaker). “Night-time economies and night-time workers”. Municipal Socialism Introductory Workshop at Labour Party The World Transformed Conference, 03 September 2020.

  • (Invited Speaker). “Democratise the Night: Dance Music as a Right to the City against the Financialisation of Night-Time”. Night Spaces: Migration, Culture and Integration in Europe, The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment (UCL), 13 May 2020.

  • “Good Night, White Night: decolonizing and democratizing popular night economies”. First International Conference on Night Studies, Lisbon 2-4 July 2020.

  • (Invited Speaker). “Dance music as a right to the city against the financialization of night-time”. In the City: A Seminar Series on Urban Life, Art, Culture and Politics. Centre for Cultural Studies Research & the School for Arts and Digital Industries, University of East London, 25 March 2020.

  • “What are the barriers to radical municipal experiments in the UK?”. Experimental Recipes for a Radical Municipalism. Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference, London, 28-30 August 2019.

  • “More day in the night: the gentrification of London’s night-time through clubbing”. City Futures IV Conference organized by EURA and UAA– Dublin, 20-22 June 2019.


  • Review of Regeneration Songs: Sounds of Investment and Loss from East London (Repeater Books 2018) by Alberto Duman Anna Minton Dan Hancox Malcolm James. London School of Economics Review of Books Blog (2019). Open Access.

  • Review of General Theory of the Precariat (Institute of Network Cultures 2017) by Alex Foti. London School of Economics Review of Books Blog (2018). Open Access.


  • “The Impact of COVID-19 on Night-Time Economies, Arts and Culture”. UCL The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, 30 June 2020. Open Access.

  • Gilbert, J., Kolioulis, A. and Süß, R., S. “Radical democracy and Municipalist Movements”. Open Democracy, 22 September 2018. Open Access.

  • Kolioulis, A. and Süß, R., S. “Circularity. A new strategic horizon”. Open Democracy, 15 January 2018. Open Access.


  • Cities After Dark - Into the Night [episode 1] with Robert Shaw, Chrystel Oloukoi, Alessio Kolioulis and Will Straw. Connected Cities at the University of Melbourne, 2021. Open Access.

  • "Interview: Alessio Kolioulis on Colin Ward’s The Child in the City and its French translation". Freedom News. 13 May 2020. Link.

  • Thinking Cities: Debating just development in the Global South. UCL The Bartlett Development Planning Unit Podcast series. Open Access.

Editorial Projects


engagée is an independent journal at the intersection of politics, philosophy and art. The project gives special importance to current political issues, publishing critical analyses and theoretically informed interventions. Links: Website, Patreon.

  • "Radical Cities", vol. 6/7 (2018)

  • "Urban Citizenship", vol. 8 (2019)

  • "Disobedient Future", vol. 9 (2020)

  • "Who Cares", vol. 10 (2021)

Eterotopia France

ETEROTOPIA France est un lieu de production, de recherche et de comparaison avec une perspective européenne, tout en portant une attention particulière sur les rapports entre la France et l’Italie. Aussi bien dans ses choix éditoriaux que dans les rencontres qu’il organise, Eterotopia France propose deux principaux axes. Le premier vise à reprendre les classiques de la pensée moderne dans différentes disciplines telles que la philosophie, l’architecture, l’urbanisme et l’art contemporain. Le second, au caractère plus expérimental, cherche à porter à connaissance des recherches et des thèmes innovants, travaux effectués en général par de jeunes auteurs dans ces mêmes domaines.

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