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Speculating on Slums

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Event Date 22 – 23 May 2012
Royal Holloway University of London
11 Bedford Sq
London WC1E 6DP

The Department of Geography at Royal Holloway University of London presents:

Speculating on Slums

 

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This two day workshop in May 2012 in Bedford Square, London will examine the role played by global financial investments in land markets and globalised networks of capital in slums of developing countries.  It questions some of the underlying assumptions through which informal housing in the global South has been understood, gives insights into new emerging forms of marginality, highlights contradictory, complex tensions that emerge for donors, governments, and NGOs in relation to the urban poor.  The workshop draws together interdisciplinary intellectual debates, key conceptual, political and policy lessons which will enable a new research agenda for work in informal housing in the global South.  Leading academic scholars working on informal housing issues and NGO practitioners will be the main selective participants in the workshop.

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DAY ONE – Tuesday May 22nd
Session 1 Rent Theory

Eric Clarke and Anders Lund Hansen, Lund University
Financialization, rescaling rent gaps and land grabbing
[AUDIO HERE]

Session 1 discussion

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Session 2: Perspectives from the South

Sunil Kumar (London School of Economics) – Long Snakes and Rickety Ladders
[AUDIO HERE]

David Satterthwaite (International Institute for Environment and Development IIED) –
Some notes about the housing sub-markets used by those with limited incomes in urban areas in Africa, Asia and Latin America
[AUDIO HERE]

Sue Parnell (University of Cape Town) – Understanding pathways for formalisation of slum markets
[AUDIO HERE]

Session 2 discussion

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Session 3: NGO Perspectives

Lucy Stevens (Practical Action, International Co-ordinator, Access to Services Programme) – Practical Action in Kenya
[AUDIO HERE]

Timeyin Uwejamomere (Senior Policy Analyst (Urban), WaterAid)
Water for the urban poor: Supporting utilities to invest in pro-poor extensions
[AUDIO HERE]

Pippa Scott (Consultant) – Sanitation and Security of Tenure
[AUDIO HERE]

Session 3 discussion

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End of day 1 discussion

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DAY TWO – Wednesday May 23rd

Session 4: Rent Theory

Louis Moreno (University College London)
The Urban Rent-Seeking Question: commercial real estate, financial intermediation and collective consumption in British cities
[AUDIO HERE]

Michael Edwards (University College London) – Some things we can do with rent
[AUDIO HERE]

Session 4 discussion

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Session 5: Displacement

Radha D’Souza (University of Westminster)
Coming a Full Circle? Neo-liberalism, the ëLand Questioní and the Vanishing Imagination of the Law
[AUDIO HERE]

Pushpa Arabindoo (University College London)
The spatial (il)logic of slum resettlement sites in Chennai
[AUDIO HERE]

Shaun Smith (Royal Holloway University of London)
Ideologies and Nature in the Phenomenon of Evictions
[AUDIO HERE]

Session 5 discussion

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Session 6: End of day 2 discussion

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