Dr Matt Wilde

Lecturer in Human GeographyMatt Wilde

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Matt trained in anthropology and recieved his PhD from the London School of Eonomics in 2013. Prior to taking up a permanent role at Leicester in 2018, he held research and teaching positions with the Institute of Latin American Studies, the University of Sussex and the LSE. Matt has conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Venezuela since 2008 and the UK since 2015. His work has appeared in a range of publications, including Anthropology Today, Bulletin of Latin American Research, Critique of Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Ethnos, Latin American Perspectives, Public Books, Radical Housing Journal and The Guardian. Matt's research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Society for Latin American Studies, the Camel Trust and the Global Challenges Research Fund.


Matt is an ethnographer whose works sits at the interface between political and economic anthropology and critical urban studies. His research interests encompass themes such as urban social movements, democracy and populism, the political economy of oil, ethics and morality and the state. In Venezuela, Matt's work explores the relationship between the petro-state, grassroots politics and the moral life of a barrio during a period of rapid and contradictory social change. In the UK, he focuses on the politics of housing and austerity governance in contemporary London.


Journal articles

Wilde, M (2020) Eviction, gatekeeping and militant care: moral economies of housing in austerity London. Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology.

Wilde, M (2019) Resisting the rentier city: grassroots housing activism and renter subjectivity in post-crisis London. Radical Housing Journal 1(2): 63-80.

Wilde, M (2018) ‘To Fill Yourself with Goodness’: Revolutionary Self-Making in Bolivarian Venezuela. Bulletin of Latin American Research 37(2).

Wilde, M (2017) Embryonic alternatives amid London's housing crisis. Anthropology Today, 33(5): 16-19.

Wilde, M (2017) Utopian disjunctures: popular democracy and the communal state in urban Venezuela. Critique of Anthropology, 37(1): 47-66.

Wilde, M (2017) Contested Spaces: Participatory Democracy and the Communal Councils in Chávez's Venezuela. Latin American Perspectives, 212, 44(1): 140-158.


Wilde, M (2017) Why Theresa’s May pledges won’t fix the UK’s housing disaster. The Guardian.

Wilde, M (2017) Populism, Right and Left. Public Books.

Wilde, M(2016) Our immoral housing policy is set up to punish the poor. The Guardian.

Wilde, M (2015) Participation and Polarization After Chávez. Cultural Anthropology.

Wilde, M (2011) On the Riots and the Need for a New Commons. Counterpunch.


Wilde, M (2019) Channeling the State: Community Media and Popular Politics in Venezuela, by Naomi Schiller. European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Wilde, M (2017) We Are The State! Barrio Activism in Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution, by Cristobal Valencia Ramirez. Bulletin of Latin American Research 36(2): 256-257.

Wilde, M (2014) Turbulent Transitions: The Future of Twenty-First Century Socialism, by Roger Burbach, Michael Fox and Federico Fuentes. Bulletin of Latin American Research 34(1): 131-133.

Wilde, M (2014) Chávez’s Children: Ideology, Education, and Society in Latin America, by Manuel Anselmi. Journal of Latin American Studies, No. 46, 622-624.

Wilde, M (2011) Who Can Stop The Drums? Urban Social Movements in Chávez’s Venezuela, by Sujatha Fernandes. Alborada: Latin America Uncovered.


  • GY1422 Introduction to Leicester Geographies
  • GY2412 Economy, Society and Space
  • GY2415 Overseas Field Course
  • GY2416 Space, Territory and Power
  • GY3412 Cities of the Global South
  • GY7412 Critical and Creative Geographies


Matt is interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:

  • Popular politics, activism and social movements
  • Critical urban studies
  • Political and economic anthropology and geography
  • Ethnographic approaches to the state
  • Europe, Latin America and the UK

Enquiries: If you are interested in studying for a PhD in one of these research areas, please make informal enquiries via pgrgeog@le.ac.uk.

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