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 also the editor of the Journal engagée (Berlin/London/Vienna) and one of the editorial board members of Eterotopia France (Paris).

Research & Teaching


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. My interests in economics and philosophy led to a doctoral thesis on the electronic music industry, which analysed the links between night-time economies, urban space, and techno cultures in London and Detroit.

My research interests fall within two themes: i) urban inequalities and economic democracy, and ii) technological innovation and the creative industries, and I am writing a book on inequalities and the night-time economy in London.


I have a transdisciplinary approach to teaching, combining critical theories with situated practice for the study of urban economic development. I currently teach two modules:

Selected Publications


  • “De-colonise studies of the urban night: understanding darkness from the South” with Dr. Enora Robin (Sheffield), Journal article in preparation for Society and Space.

  • “Building the Nocturnal Commons. Inclusive Models of Post-Covid-19 Recovery for Local Economies”. Briefing commissioned by Autonomy Think Tank, London.

  • Book Manuscript in preparation for submission in early 2022. Working Title: Underground Economies. The Invisible Side of the Electronic Music Industry.


  • “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.


  • “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.


  • (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.


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