Marcela López

Membership:  2017-2018

Member Bio

Marcela López is a geographer with an interdisciplinary background in urban and environmental studies. Currently, she is a lecturer at the Technische Universität Berlin. Situated at the nexus of urban political ecology and urban geography, her research explores the intersections between access to water, citizenship, and infrastructure networks within cities. Marcela received her PhD in geography from the Freie Universität Berlin, for research on conflicts around access to and control over water in Medellín. She is the founder of the platform Contested Urban Waterscapes, which promotes dialogue and interdisciplinary exchange between scholars, social movements, and public service providers to search for alternatives to reduce water inequalities.



  • Paisajes Hídricos en Disputa: Agua, Poder y Fragmentación Urbana en Medellín, Colombia. Medellín: CONFIAR, 2016.
  • “Struggling for Public, Reclaiming Citizenship: Everyday Practices of Access to Water in Medellín, Colombia.” In Making Public in a Privatized World: The Struggle for Essential Services, edited by David McDonald, 165–78. London: Zed Books, 2016.
  • with Miodrag Kuč and Juan Naranjo. “Medellín—Human Right on Water.” ARCH+ 223 (2016): 132–34.