Alejandro De Coss

Alejandro De Coss is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Alejandro is…

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Alejandro De Coss is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Alejandro is an urban sociologist, researching the urbanisation of water in Mexico City through an ethnography of the workers and engineers that maintain, repair, and manage its water supply system. He is interested in the study of urban infrastructures, and how these intersect with questions of capital accumulation, environmental transformation, and the state. In this research, Alejandro is thinking through new materialist and critical urban political ecology approaches from the standpoint of labour as practice and process.

Maintaining the Mexico City water system
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Maintaining the Mexico City water system

The history of Mexico City can be told through the ways in which water flows both into and away from it. 500 years ago, the then capital of the Spanish Viceroyalty of New Spain was a city undergoing an unparalleled transformation. The conquest of the indigenous lands was set to change not only the politics, […]