[URBANTH-L]ANN: Gentrification and Social Mix (Edinburgh)
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ESRC Seminar Series
"Gentrification and Social Mix"
Tom Slater (University of Edinburgh)
Loretta Lees (King's College London)
Tim Butler (King's College London)
Gary Bridge (University of Bristol)
FEBRUARY 19TH and 20TH 2008
The Old Library, Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh,
Drummond Street, Edinburgh EH8 9XP
For some time now there has been a lack of integration of conceptual
approaches to the popular urban policy of "social mix" with theoretical
debates in gentrification research. This integration could be greatly
enhanced by international comparisons of gentrification dynamics, types
of social mix and the relevant institutional and policy contexts.
Social mix has long been a planning/policy objective, and a sign of a
healthy, liveable urban area, but the concept has recently come under
fire from academics researching gentrification, especially for being too
one-sided - it is mostly in low-income and/or working-class
neighbourhoods where social mix is to be achieved through an influx of
wealthier and/or middle-class residents. Very rarely is social mix
planned for wealthier neighbourhoods, which raises questions about the
motivations and the politics behind the concept. Furthermore, what kind
of social mixing actually takes place in gentrifying neighbourhoods?
Despite a significant amount of research taking place that addresses
these issues, there has been no organised debate/interaction among
researchers, and this seminar series proposes to bring people together
to discuss these issues in depth. The purpose of this particular
seminar is to make these conceptual connections through an international
dialogue between researchers of gentrification and social mix.
Pauline Lipman, University of Illinois at Chicago:
"Mixed-income Schools and Housing Policy in Chicago: A Critical
Examination of the Gentrification/Education/"Racial" Exclusion Nexus."
Talja Blokland, Technische Universität Berlin:
"Everyday interactions and robust identities: a hypothesis on the
underestimated relevance of gentrifiers for an inclusive public space."
David Manley & Joe Doherty, University of St. Andrews:
"Neighbourhood social mix and transitions into and out of employment in
Alan Walks & Martine August, University of Toronto:
"From social mix to political marginalization? The dilution of tenant
power in Canada's Regent Park."
Sarah Glynn, University of Strathclyde:
"Gentrifying a peripheral Scottish city."
Marie-Helene Bacque, UMR Louest, Universite d'Evry:
"Social mix as a smokescreen for gentrification."
Gordon MacLeod University of Durham
Libby Porter University of Glasgow
Tom Slater University of Edinburgh
THURSDAY 19TH FEBRUARY
12 - 12.15: Introduction and welcome: Tom Slater
12.15 - 1: Paper: Pauline Lipman
1 - 2.15pm: Lunch
2.15 - 3: Paper: Talja Blokland
3 - 3.45: Paper: David Manley & Joe Doherty
3.45 - 4pm: Coffee/tea
4 - 4.45: Discussant: Gordon MacLeod
4.45 - 5.30: General Discussion
FRIDAY 20TH FEBRUARY
10 - 10.45: Paper: Alan Walks and Martine August
10.45 - 11am: Coffee
11 - 11.45: Paper: Sarah Glynn
11.45-12.30: Paper: Marie-Helene Bacque
12.30 - 2pm: Lunch
2 - 2.45: Discussant: Libby Porter
2.45 - 3.30: General discussion
3.30 - 3.45pm: Summing up: Loretta Lees
Dr. Tom Slater
Institute of Geography,
University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh EH8 9XP, U.K.
Tel: +44 (0)131 650 9506
Read the IJURR debate on my article "The Eviction of Critical
Perspectives from Gentrification Research" here:
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