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Cecilie Sachs Olsen

Centre for the GeoHumanities, Royal Holloway, University of London / British Academy Post Doctoral Researcher

Cecilie Sachs Olsen is a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for the GeoHumanities at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is here working on the research project: ‘Arts for Urban Change: negotiating the possibilities and practices of participatory art in urban development’ and the public engagement project ‘Urban Voices: the political arts of listening’.

Cecilie is the chief curator of Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019, which uses fiction, art and performance to explore ‘the architecture of degrowth’ – alternative social and spatial structures that question the supremacy of economic growth as the basis of contemporary societies. She is also the co-founder of the urban performance collective, zURBS, which explores how socially engaged artistic practice can be used as a framework to analyse and re-imagine urban space and politics. zURBS has made a series of interventions, exhibitions, workshops and audio walks in England, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany and Belgium. Cecilie is currently working with Routledge on her forthcoming monograph ‘Socially engaged art and the neoliberal city’.