Ms Franziska Paul

  • Research Associate in Global Remunicipalisation (Management)


Franziska Christina Paul is Research Associate in Global Remunicipalisation in the Adam Smith Business School and is currently in the final stages of her ESRC-funded PhD in Geography at the University of Glasgow. Her doctoral research focusses on the neoliberalisation of nature, trade union environmentalism and energy democracy demands.

Franziska currently works on a European Research Council grant titled “Global Remuncipalisation and the Post-Neoliberal Turn” with Professor Andrew Cumbers. The project critically interrogates the growing phenomenon of remunicipalisation and its implications for an emerging post-neoliberal urbanism and will employ a multi-method transnational comparative analysis over five years.

Research interests

Franziska is a member of the School's Entrepreneurship, Development and Political Economy research cluster. 

Areas of expertise:

  • Municipal power
  • Public ownership and democratisation
  • Economic democracy
  • Political geography and spatial politics
  • Labour environmentalism

Additional information

Prior to the PhD, Franziska received a first-class joint honours degree in Geography and Sociology from the University of Aberdeen (2010-2014) and graduated with distinction from the MRes in Human Geography at the University of Glasgow (2014-2015). At both undergraduate and postgraduate level, Franziska received prizes for best overall performance and highest standard dissertation submitted.

Franziska was recently invited to contribute to a special issue of Renewal, a leading non-academic journal for political commentary: Paul, F. 2018. “No Jobs on a Dead Planet”: Energy Democracy, Public Ownership and Union Opposition to Mega-Energy Projects. Renewal, 26(3): 21-29