Dr. Mélina GermesCNRS Passages, Bordeaux, France
Mélina Germes is a Social Geographer. After her PhD 2007, she spent six years in Germany as a postdoc (Mainz, Erlangen-Nurnberg and Berlin), and since 2013 is a researcher at CNRS PASSAGES (Bordeaux, France). She is specialized in Urban Studies in France and Germany, researching themes ranging from security studies to disability. Her work deals with the production of urban space by security policies and practices, through visual representations and practices aiming at scientificity such as charts or cartography (from pin-maps to predictive policing). Parallel to her contribution as a PI to the project “Governing the Narcotic City” with a case study on gender themes, she is currently leading the French-German DRUSEC project. Its aim is to investigate how drug consumption issues are framed as problems for the security of public spaces, and to deal with the meaning of “security” from the perspective of marginalized drug consumers, facing multiple exclusions and high risks. Her research roots are in critical theoretical and methodological approaches such as critical criminology, critical cartography, discourse analysis and feminist theories.