Elena Ion


Visiting Scholar, Harvard University

Center Associate

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.

regional development in the European Union
history of architecture and urbanism
urban design
Current Project
Infrastructure Development at the European Union s Eastern Border
Foreign Language


, Architecture, Designated Emphasis in Global Metropolitan Studies
, University of California, Berkeley
Selected Publications

"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.

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