Luca Queirolo Palmas is Professor of the Sociology of Migration and the Sociology of Culture at the University of Genoa where he also directed the "Laboratorio di Sociologia Visuale", a centre for the production of sociological films on various contemporary global themes. Over the last 10 years, he has studied at length popular street cultures and urban gangs in Europe and Latin America. Associated with the “Global City” Chair (Saskia Sassen and Robert Sennett), he is currently developing a film ethnography on youth in the post-Arab Spring in Tunisia.
Dr John Bingham-Hall is a multi-disciplinary researcher working across spatial science, urban sociology, and cultural analysis, holding a BMus (Music) from Goldsmiths College (London) and an MSc (Advanced Architectural Studies) from UCL (London).
François Gipouloux (Emeritus Research Director, National Centre for Scientific Research, [CNRS] France), is a specialist in Chinese economics with a professional experience in China, Hong Kong and Japan of almost 20 years. He teaches at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Graduate School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences), Centre Chine, Corée, Japon. Graduate of the University of Paris (Paris 7), the Beijing Language Institute (1975) and the University of Beijing (1977), he received his Doctorate from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in 1981 and its Habi
Geoffrey Pleyers is an FNRS (Belgian Fund for National Research) researcher at the CriDIS (Centre for interdisciplinary research: democracy, institutions, subjectivity) and a professor at the Université Catholique de Louvain. He is President (2014-2018) of Research Committee 47 "Social classes and social movements" at the International Sociological Association.
Yvon Le Bot is a sociologist, emeritus director of research at CNRS and member of the Centre for Sociological Analysis and Intervention (CADIS, EHESS). He is also an associate of the FMSH College of World Studies and has held a European Commission Marie Curie Chair. He has taught at several universities in Latin America, the University of California, Berkeley, Louvain-la-Neuve Catholic University, Belgium and La Sapienza University, Rome, and has carried out several missions on behalf of the United Nations.
Sociologist and economist, Saskia Sassen is a specialist in globalisation and the sociology of metropolises around the world. She is Professor of Sociology at the University of Colombia. She is notably known for her studies on globalisation and international migration. She developed the concept of global cities.
Richard Sennett is Professor of Sociology at New York University and the London School of Economics. He founded Theatrum Mundi, an international group of artists and researchers working on issues associated with urban cultures. Sociologist and historian of urban 'situations', 'mentalities' and 'morals', he is known worldwide for his work on new capitalism. Richard Sennett is also a novelist and a musician.