Valentina Castellini, Human Geography PhD Candidate


Home Campus:
U of T St. George

Human Geography

Other Degrees:
M.A. Sociology - Urban Studies (University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy)
B.A. Political Science - Sociology (University of Milan, Italy)

Michael Ekers

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Research Interests:

  • Feminist Political Economy
  • Social & solidarity economies
  • Cultures and representations of work
  • Post-work politics & practices
  • DIY Urban interventions


My work revolves around the study of workplaces, the agents that inhabit them, and the spaces and times across which work unfolds. I am interested in what people do for a living and to support themselves (and one another) within and beyond the workplace.

My dissertation, entitled Politics Put to Work, mobilizes a feminist political economy perspective to study labour in the social economy in Italy. I investigate work cultures, practices, and conditions in social cooperatives in Milan.

Selected Publications:

Castellini, V. (2019). Environmentalism put to work: Ideologies of green recruitment in Toronto. Geoforum, 104, 63–70.