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Viktor Bensus
Institution: The Graduate Center, CUNY
Program: Sociology

Degrees/Diplomas: B.A. Sociology, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru; M.A. in City Planning, University of California Berkeley.

Research Interests: Social theory, social production of space, socio-spatial segregation, urban politics, housing policies, social movements, citizen participation, ethnography, and GIS.

Viktor is broadly interested in the relationship between social production of space and urban politics. His more recent research has analyzed how local governments in Lima, Peru, implemented participatory mechanisms that atomized civic participation and limited the public discussion of common urban issues. Previously, he has studied how real estate dynamics intensify patterns of socio-spatial segregation. His first book (co-authored) analyzes the relationship between criminal markets and national borders in Peru. He has also studied and published academic papers on topics related to public spaces, metropolitan governance, citizen participation, intermediate cities, and national borders.

Before moving to the U.S., he worked as instructor and researcher at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru.