Dr William Kutz


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William Kutz joined the School of Environment, Education and Development in 2013 as a Lecturer in Human Geography. Previously, he was a Lecturer at the Graduate School of Geography, Clark University, where he completed his doctorate. William is a geographical political economist with research interests in the political geographies of urban-economic development; comparative metropolitan finance, governance, and planning; and cultural and critical theories of urban space. Theoretically, his research examines the ways in which capital mobility under finance-led regimes of accumulation have altered the materiality of built environments, the territoriality of local states, and the socio-cultural relationships through which the urban fabric of contemporary cities are constituted. Methodologically, these questions have been developed through in-depth regional research in Morocco, Spain, and California in an attempt to explain how different individuals, organizations and institutions regulate the flows of capital into and out of municipalities since the global economic crisis. 


•Research Fellow in Geography, School of Environment, Education, and Development, University of Manchester, September 2016 to present.

•Visiting Professor, Geography Department, University of California, Berkeley, 2016-2017.

•Lecturer in Human Geography, School of Environment, Education, and Development, University of Manchester, September 2013-2016.

•Visiting Scholar, Institute for Urban and Regional Development, University of California, Berkeley, 2014-2016.

•Lecturer in Geography, Graduate School of Geography, Clark University, 2012-2013.

•PhD, Geography, Graduate School of Geography, Clark University, 2010-2013.

•MA, Geography and Regional Studies, University of Miami, 2008-2010.

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Invited Seminars, Talks, Commentaries (*public)


* Think Tanger + MAS Urban Design (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Zurich), Tangier: Spaces of Global Transition, Workshop "Inclusive Urbanism II: Migration", 23-27 Oct.

*Think Tanger, Etat des lieux: Crises et changements à Tanger du XXIe siècle. “Proposition pour une métropole’’ workshop, Tangier, Morocco, 18 Jul.

UC Berkeley Institute of European Studies, Immigration to Europe: Inclusion, Exclusion, Differential Incorporation, Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, Berkeley, USA, 20 Apr.


Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), URM 8504, Géographie-Cités, Vers une théorie géographique de « capital basculant », Paris, 22 Sept.

London School of Economics, Department of Geography and Environment, Towards a geographical theory of capital switching: Lessons from the Spanish and Moroccan context, London, 26 Mar.

KU Leuven, Third International Seminar “The Real Estate/Financial Complex”, “Where to put the spare cash?” Subprime geographies of the financial crisis in the Global South, Leuven, 13 Jan.


Birkbeck, University of London, Department of Geography, Finance and the City: Interrogating Economic Development in the Global North and South, London, 17 Jul.

University of Manchester, Summer Institute in Urban Studies, Career Strategies for New Academics, Manchester, 30 Jun.


University of Manchester, School of Environment Education and Development, Models, Myths and Money: Revisiting the Restless Landscape in Urban Geography, Manchester, 12 Nov.


*University of Chicago, Renaissance Society, Globalization at the Margins: Recent Transformations in Tangier, Morocco’s Socio-Political Fabric, Chicago, 15 Apr.

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