Author Archives: Marieke Krijnen

About Marieke Krijnen

I am a self-employed researcher, writer and editor with a PhD in Political Science and a strong background in urban studies and geography. I specialize in the study of the gentrification and financialization of real housing, real estate and urban space, as well as in the political economy of the Middle East.

Turning money into stone

In my professional life, I’ve been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to research and engage with a number of fascinating topics related to how humans build cities. Coming to Beirut as a graduate student in 2007, the rapid transformation of the urban environment captured my attention and resulted in a master’s thesis that tried to understand how the Lebanese state facilitated real estate developers through changes in the legal and institutional framework. The results of the thesis were published in a journal article written with my fantastic supervisor Prof. Mona Fawaz. Continue reading

New article published: Beirut and the creation of the rent gap

I’m excited to announce the publication of my journal article in Urban Geography, titled “Beirut and the creation of the rent gap.” In this article, I think deeply about how land and building values are created and influenced by the legal framework, but also factors less discussed in the literature such as civil conflict, informality, illegality, and war. You can download the article here! Below is the abstract. Continue reading