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Marieke Krijnen

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Postdoc Research Fellow, Nov. 2016 - Oct. 2017

Dr. Marieke Krijnen is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Orient Institut. She holds a PhD from Ghent University, Belgium and an MA from the American University of Beirut. Her dissertation, titled “The Urban Transformation of Beirut: An Investigation into the Movement of Capital”, connected detailed studies of processes of urban change to Lebanon’s political economy of public debt, the circulation of capital through the country’s massive diaspora, and the 2008 financial crisis in Europe and the Gulf, linking gentrification theory to economic and financial geography.

Her project at the OIB will focus on the increasing connections between real estate and finance in Lebanon and develop a research agenda on the financialization of real estate in the Middle East more generally, with a special focus on the Levant-region and the Gulf. Her publications can be found on



(with M van Meeteren and D Bassens) Manning circuits of value: Lebanese professionals and expatriate world-city formation in Beirut. Environment and Planning A. (2016) Advance online publication, doi: 10.1177/0308518X16660560.

(with C De Beukelaer) Capital, state and conflict: The various drivers of diverse gentrification processes in Beirut, Lebanon. In: Lees L, Shin HB, and López-Morales E (eds.), Global Gentrifications: Uneven Development and Displacement, Bristol and Chicago: Policy Press, pp. 285–309, 2015.

(with M Fawaz) Exception as the rule: High-end developments in neoliberal Beirut. Built Environment 36(2): 245–259, 2010.