Saskia Sassen – Fabricating Scarcity



Event Date: 13 June 2011
University of Westminster
Cayley Theatre
Marylebone Campus
35 Marylebone Road
London NW1 5LS


A series of exchanges on and around the topic of Scarcity, bringing together the leading thinkers in the field to expound on one of the most pressing, but often avoided, issues of the day.

Scarcity Exchanges brings together some extraordinary speakers around a single, and very pressing, issue. That resources are diminishing is a commonplace, but scarcity is about much more than the destruction of our natural resource base: it is a socially and economically constructed condition that affects us all, and will increasingly do so. If the 2000s was the decade of false abundance, then the 2010s will likely be defined through scarcity. This series of exchanges will open up the discussion as to what scarcity might mean, and its social, economic, and environmental implications.

Saskia Sassen – Fabricating Scarcity

Saskia Sassen is Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chair of The Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. Her recent books are Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages (Princeton 2008) and Cities in a World Economy (Sage 2011). Her books are translated into twenty-one languages. She contributes regularly to opendemocracy.net and huffingtonpost.com

Introduction by Professor Jeremy Till









Scarcity Exchanges are part of a wider research project, Scarcity and Creativity in the Built Environment, led by Jeremy Till at the University of Westminster, with partners at the Oslo School of Architecture and TU Vienna. The project is funded by HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area). For details of the project and Scarcity Exchanges visit scibe.eu

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