cristina.temenos at manchester dot ac dot uk

Cristina Temenos

Photo Credit: Lindsay Galbraith

Urban Studies Postdoctoral Fellow
SEED University of Manchester


Welcome! My work focuses on policy mobilities, urban social movements, and the politics and practices of public health and drug policies. My work engages these interests through a focus on the geographies of harm reduction drug policy in cities in Europe, North America, and the Caribbean. I’m interested in the ways that social movements produce and mobilize knowledge about health, human rights, and social justice to advocate for policy change in cities, and the ways that policy mobilities remake urban spaces and contribute to reconceptualizing contemporary urbanism.

I have an ongoing interest in the discursive construction of urban sustainability and its intersections with various forms of environmentalism and urban social policy. I am a contributing member of the Imagining Urban Futures research collective. Past work has focused on political discourse about solid waste management. I have also worked with SFU’s Medical Tourism Research Group, focusing on provincial responsibilities for aftercare health service provision for medical tourists.


Baker, Tom; Cook, Ian; McCann, Eugene; Temenos, Cristina; Ward, Kevin. (2016) Geographies of policy-making: (Im)mobilities, models, and circulating knowledge. Annals of the Association of American Geographers.

Temenos, Cristina. (2015) Mobilizing drug policy activism: Conferences, convergence spaces, and ephemeral fixtures in social movement mobilization. Space and Polity.

Temenos, Cristina & Baker, Tom. (2015) Enriching urban policy mobilities research. In edited Debates & Developments Section: Urban Policy Mobilities: Moving Forward. International Journal of Urban & Regional Research.

Baker, Tom & Temenos, Cristina. (2015) Mediating urban policy mobilities: A brief introduction. In edited Debates & Developments Section: Urban Policy Mobilities: Moving Forward. International Journal of Urban & Regional Research.

McCann, Eugene & Temenos, Cristina. (2015) Mobilizing Drug Consumption Rooms: Inter-place Networks and Harm Reduction Drug Policy. Health and Place. Vol. 31, No. 1 pp. 216-223.

Temenos, Cristina & McCann, Eugene. (2013) Geographies of policy mobilities. Geography Compass, 7 (5): 344-357.

Temenos, Cristina & McCann, Eugene. (2012) The local politics of policy mobility: The education of attention in developing a municipal sustainability fix'. Environment and Planning A. Vol. 44, pp. 1389 – 1406.

Book Chapters

Rosol, Marit & Temenos, Cristina. In Press. The Greenest City Experience: Exploring social action and social sustainability in Vancouver, Canada. Mössner, S., Freytag, T., Krueger, R. (eds) Adventures in Urban Sustainable Development: Theoretical interventions and notes from the field. MIT Press.

Temenos, Cristina & Johnston, Rory. (2015) Constructing the [neo]liberal health-care consumer online: a content analysis of Canadian medical tourism and harm reduction service provider websites. Giesbricht, M. & Crooks, V. (eds) Place, Health, and Diversity: A Canadian Perspective. Ashgate.

Temenos, Cristina & McCann, Eugene. (2013) Policies & policy knowledge on the move. Adey, P., Bissell, D., Hannam, K., Merriman, P. & Sheller, M. (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Mobilities. Routledge.


Temenos, Cristina. (2016, forthcoming) Review of Peck, J., Theodore, N. 2015. Fast Policy: Experimental Statecraft at the Thresholds of Neoliberalism. Minneapolis & London: The University of Minnesota Press. In International Journal for Urban and Regional Research.

Temenos, Cristina. (2014) Review of Jensen, O. 2013. Staging Mobilities. London: Routledge. In RGS-IBG Urban Geography Research Group Book Review Series.

Temenos, Cristina. (2009) Review of Krueger, R. & Gibbs, D. 2007. The sustainable development paradox: urban political economy in the United States and Europe. New York: The Guilford Press. In Journal of Economic Geography, Vol. 9 No. 1 pp. 140-142.


2015. Assembling Policies, Networking Resistances: Exploring Transnational Policy Activism and Institutional Infrastructures. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Chicago, Il.

2015. Discussant. Beyond Greening? Questioning the social, environmental and spatial consequences of 'green' economic development. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Chicago, Il.

2015. Gateways, portals, links, and nodes: Assembling visions and actualities of mobility transition policies. With Jane YeonJae Lee. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Chicago, Il.

2014. Exploring relational advocacy through the siting of harm reduction health services. Relational Poverty Network Annual Meeting, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

2014. Discussant. Plenary on Urban Learning. Summer Institute in Urban Studies, University of Manchester.

2013. Panelist. Research Workshop/Roundtable on Harm Reduction and Activism in the Lower Mainland, BC. Law and Society Conference: Law on the Edge, Vancouver, BC

2013. Constructing relational urbanism: Urban policy mobility and the role of conference space. Urban Affairs Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA

2013. Ephemeral mobility: Conference spaces, policy activism, and the effects of informational infrastructures. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA

2012. Current harm reduction initiatives in Vancouver and Budapest. Invited presentation to the Jamaican National Council on Drug Abuse, Kingston Jamaica.

2012. Geographies of harm reduction: Urban health policy as post-political negotiation or social justice movement? Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers Annual Conference, Edinburgh, UK

2012. The local politics of public health: Exploring the role of transnational drug policy networks in the politics of cities' health initiatives. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, New York, NY

2011. Urban health policies and transnational advocacy movements: Intersections of extra-local drug policy networks and urban politics. 6th Annual Cascadia Critical Geographies Mini-Conference, Seattle, WA

2011. Branding and mobilizing sustainability in Whistler, BC: The production, practice, and circulation of a sustainability model. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Seattle, WAWith Eugene McCann

2010. The Whistler Model: Producing, practicing, and packaging sustainability 5th Annual Cascadia Critical Geographies Mini-Conference, Victoria, BCWith Eugene McCann

2008 . Substantiating Sustainability: Examining the role of sustainability in Municipal planning and governance Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

2007. Talking Trash: The Politics of Waste Management and Sustainability in Whistler, British Columbia Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

2007. Sustainability, Waste Management, and the Resort Community: the Case of Whistler, British Columbia Western Division Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Abbotsford, BC.


Web Presence

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