In this talk, Loretta Lees will tell the story of gentrification in London, the city where the term itself was coined in 1964. Lees will start with pioneer (classic or first wave) gentrification working through different mutations of the process over time, eg. new-build to super-gentrification. Lees will finish the discussion of London focusing on state-led gentrification and the large scale displacements it has caused, and is continuing to cause. Lees will conclude by arguing that gentrification always was, and is, global, directing attention beyond London.
Loretta Lees is an urban geographer who is internationally known for her research on gentrification/urban regeneration, global urbanism, urban policy, urban public space, architecture and urban social theory. She has been identified as the 17th most referenced author in urban geography worldwide and the only woman in the top 20 (Urban Studies, 2017). She has published 13 books, has over 60 journal articles and over 40 book chapters to her name. She is currently Professor of Human Geography at the University of Leicester, previously she was Professor of Human Geography at King’s College London. She has lived in London for over 20 years and is a regular commentator on urban issues there e.g. her TEDxBrixton talk in 2014.
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