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Sonia Roitman is an urban sociologist and planner from Argentina. She is a Lecturer in Development Planning, in the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, at the University of Queensland (Australia). Her research interests relate to urban social inequalities, poverty and development, housing policies, governance and gated communities. Her research project examines community participation and empowerment in decision-making processes on housing policies. It looks at strategies developed in Indonesia and Argentina tackling poverty and social exclusion. Sonia is an Elected Board Member of the RC21 (Research Committee on the Sociology of Urban and Regional Development, ISA) and the UQ Focal point in the UNI-Habitat partnership.