London’s Housing Crisis and its Activisms Conference, Saturday 23rd April 2016

This one day conference launches a forthcoming CITY Special Feature on ‘London’s Housing Crisis and its Activisms’, co-edited by Paul Watt (Birkbeck) and Anna Minton (UEL).

Speakers at the conference include contributors to the Special Feature, alongside Aditya Chakrabortty, Senior Economics Commentator at The Guardian, and Sian Berry, Green Party Mayoral candidate.

When Saturday, 23 April 2016 from 10:00 to 18:00 (BST)

Where University Square Stratford – 1 Salway Road, London E15 1NF, United Kingdom – View Map

The conference is also a way of celebrating the 20th anniversary of CITY, a journal which has consistently been at the forefront of radical urban scholarship under the editorship of Bob Catterall:

Conferences Fees

Payable on the day at registration:

  • Waged – £5

  • Student – £3

  • Unwaged – Free

Conference Programme

10.00 – 10.30 am: Registration, tea/coffee

10.30 am: Introductions

Anna Minton (UEL), Paul Watt (Birkbeck), Bob Catterall (Editor-in-Chief, CITY)

11.00 am: Keynote: Aditya Chakrabortty, Senior Economics Commentator, The Guardian

11.30 am – 1.00 pm:

Panel 1 – The Financialisation of Housing,

Chaired by Dawn Foster, The Guardian

  • Michael Edwards (UCL) – The housing crisis and London
  • Luna Glucksberg (Goldsmiths) – A view from the top: unpacking capital flows and foreign investment in prime London
  • Stuart Hodkinson (University of Leeds) – Global corporate landlords in ‘post-crisis’ urban landscapes in North America and Europe: speculating on London’s housing future

Followed by Q&A

1.00 -2.00 pm: Lunch

2.00-3.30 pm: Workshops

1. Linking housing campaigns and the Kill the Housing Bill Campaign – Katya Nasim (Radical Housing Network) and Eileen Short (Defend Council Housing and Radical Housing Network)

2. Viability assessments: how developers build what they want to build – Jerry Flynn (Elephant Amenity Network/35percent campaign), Bob Colenutt (University of Northampton) and Nick Perry (The Hackney Society)

3. Estate regeneration: lessons from Cressingham Gardens – Pam Douglas and Tom Keene (Save Cressingham Gardens)

4. Architects for Social Housing – Simon Elmer and Geraldine Dening (ASH)

5. Academia, activism and social cleansing – Tom Gillespie (University of Sheffield), Penny Bernstock (UEL) and Focus E15

6. Beyond The Margins: Squatting and Homelessness – A workshop facilitated by the Advisory Service for Squatters (ASS) and the Beehive Housing Project

3.30– 4.00 pm: tea/coffee

4.00 – 6.00 p.m:

Panel 2 – Is London Being Socially Cleansed?

Chaired by Loretta Lees (University of Leicester)

Anna Minton (author of Ground Control, UEL)

Guy Nicholson (Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Hackney Council)

Sian Berry (Green Party Mayoral candidate)

Paul Watt (Birkbeck) – A nomadic war machine in the Metropolis: en/countering London’s 21st century housing crisis with Focus E15

Speaker from Focus E15

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