Dr. Anna Viola Sborgi

Dr Anna Viola Sborgi is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the Department of Film and Screen Media, University College Cork Ireland. Her current Horizon-2020-funded project,  MEDIAHOMES: Housing Precarity on Screen in Ireland, Portugal and the UK from the 2008 crisis to COVID-19,  investigates transnational mediations of housing inequality in Europe, their production and circulation. She holds a PhD in Film Studies (King’s College London) and a PhD in Comparative Literature (University of Genoa). 

Her Film Studies PhD, ‘London’s Moving East’ – Film, Television, and Gentrification, 1980 to the present  investigated East London’s spatial politics and the different ways in which the film and media industries represent but also participate in the gentrification of the area. She was previously Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Genoa, Italy, where she worked on postdoctoral project on post-2000 representations of high-rise and tower-block living within the London skyline.  

Recent publications include “Grenfell on Screen” in After Grenfell: Violence, Resistance and Response (Pluto Press, 2019) and “Housing Problems: Britain’s Housing Crisis and Documentary” in Cinema of Crisis: Film and Contemporary Europe (EUP, July 2020). She is an editorial board member at  Mediapolis: a Journal of Cities and Culture . She co-chairs the SCMS Urbanism/Geography/Architecture SIG and the Space and Place Workgroup at NECS-European Network for Cinema and Media Studies.  


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 101033615