Visiting Scholar, Harvard University
Elena Ion's research addresses land dispossession and infrastructure development at the European Union s eastern border, with a focus on Romania and Moldova. She examines the emergence of new mechanisms of state-enabled land dispossession that leverage EU subsidies and the expansion of infrastructure to generate revenue for depleted municipal budgets and private contractors. Ion s research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Fulbright IIE, the IREX-Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program, and the Social Science Research Council-IDRF. She received a Ph.D. in Architecture with a designated emphasis in Global Metropolitan Studies from University of California, Berkeley. Ion completed her postdoctoral work at Harvard University s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. She is a Visiting Scholar at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University.
"Public funding and urban governance in contemporary Romania: the resurgence of state led urban development in an era of crisis," Cambridge Journal of Regions Economy and Society, 7 (1) (2014): 171 187.