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Dalia Milián Bernal

Doctoral Researcher

About me

I am currently doing my doctoral research and teaching at the School of Architecture at Tampere University. My background is in architecture and my research lies at the intersection of architecture and critical urban studies, focusing on the appropriation and transformation of abandoned urban spaces in Latin America. I am particularly interested in critical, feminist, decolonial and postcolonial urban theory, insurgent and alternative spatial practices, urban activism, and the social production of space. I am a working-group (3) co-leader in the COST Action (CA18126) Writing Urban Places, which engages with narrative methods to understand urban phenomena. I am also an active member of the Democracy Research Network at Tampere University, the Tampere Urban Research Network for Sustainability (TURNS), the Architects Climate Action Network (ACAN) Finland, and the Future Finders network that helps build bridges between the Tampere University community and beyond. In addition, I run the feminist blog Interrogativa, which engages different women to discuss issues related to gender, urban space, and democracy.


At the moment, I am a doctoral researcher, co-coordinating teacher of the multidisciplinary course Urban Activism, and the coordinating teacher of Sustainable Architecture, and part of the teaching corps of Planning Theory II. Since 2019, I coordinate of the IFHP Urban Planning and Design Summer School in Finland

Fields of expertise

Alternate description

Before moving to Finland, I worked as an architect and lecturer in Mexico at the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro. As a practicing architect, my work focused on public buildings, particularly learning environments. This continues to be one of my passions and an arena I continue to explore while teaching - today under the conditions of online learning.      

Top achievements

This year, I received the Tampere University 2021 Honourable Mention for Good Teaching and Teaching Development for the Sustainable Architecture course with Sofie Pelsmakers.

Research topics

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My doctoral research is partially funded by the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (the National Council of Science and Technology - CONACYT) and the School of Architecture at Tampere University.

Selected publications


Curriculum vitae, PDFCurriculum vitae, PDF

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