My research contributes to contemporary social science debates on urban change, divided cities, and cultural heritage. With a geographical focus on urban contexts in South-Eastern and Western Europe, the broad question that guides my academic curiosity is: in what ways power relations shape cities, places and landscapes and affect everyday lives of city dwellers? I use epistemologies and ways of thinking located in urban studies, social and political anthropology, cultural and social geography, and policy studies. I have a passion for understanding who makes, owns and governs cities, places and landscapes on behalf of others, for questioning dichotomies and ready-to-go solutions, and for seeing the far-reaching effects of policy-making. I am driven by the desire to understand the making of big histories and geographies, power relations and institutions, while tending to the small, to the city dwellers and their everyday lives, to the excluded, the misrepresented and the marginalized.