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Dear Colleagues,

Please consider submitting an abstract to our session titled New forms and practices of dispossession through housing and land financialisation” as part of the forthcoming RC21 Conference (11-13 September, Leeds, UK) titled "Rethinking Global Urban Justice"

Paper abstracts should be sent by e-mail to [log in to unmask] AND to the session organisers Georgia Alexandri ([log in to unmask]), Sonia Vives ([log in to unmask]) and Richard Waldron ([log in to unmask]). Please feel free to circulate to interested colleagues. The session details are attached below.

Deadline for Paper Abstract Submission: Friday 10 March 2017

All the best,

Richard, Georgia and Sonia


Call for Papers

RC21 CONFERENCE 2017 “Rethinking Urban Global Justice”

11-13 September | University of Leeds, UK |


New forms and practices of dispossession through housing and land financialisation

Novel practices of housing and land dispossession characterise the post-crush urban condition. Public policies, in alliance with neoliberal think-tanks and financial institutions, have arranged the construction of debt through financial techniques (Glassmann, 2006, Mezzandra and Neilson, 2015). This productive essence of finance operations (Marazzi, 2011) is manifold; banks that engaged in reckless financial speculation, are recapitalised with public money, socialising privately constructed debt. This indebtedness is used to create new financial products exchanged in the command centres of global finance. Simultaneously, over-indebted households face home repossessions and displacement through new modes of ‘accumulation by dispossession’ (Harvey, 2005). Hence, financial operations are shaping new directions in urban policy, housing, land and new everyday realities through the production of indebted subjectivities (Garcia-Lamarca and Kaika, 2016).

However, relatively little is known about how these financial operations are orchestrated and reflected in space. The link between finance and the urban environment is re-established in an unclear ‘post-crash’ way, while the operational infrastructure that supports financialisation remains under-examined (Poovey, 2015; Ouma, 2015). Research on the State’s role in shaping the economic, political and institutional pathways to financialisation is in its infancy (Christophers, 2016). It seems essential to grasp the ways financialisation has inclined the balance of urban reproduction towards the interests of global financial actors (Halbert and Attuyer, 2016).

This session explores the dynamics of housing and land financialisation in the aftermath of the crisis and the concomitant forms of displacement and dispossession. A range of topics is sought, including, but not limited to:

·        -How the link between housing and finance is being reconstructed

·        -The construction of new urban policies and their relation to financial operations

·        -Private equity landlords and their relation to governments (local, national and

·        supranational)

·        -New forms of housing and land dispossession

·        -The new social and urban geographies of displacement


Christophers, B (2016) The State and Financialization of Public Land in the United Kingdom.Antipode

De Angelis, M. (2007) The beginning of history: Value struggles and global capital. London: Pluto Press.

García Lamarca, M. and Kaika, M. (2016).‘Mortgaged lives’: the biopolitics of debt and housing financialisation. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 41.3, 313-327.

Glassman, J. (2006). Primitive accumulation, accumulation by dispossession, accumulation by ‘extra-economic’ means. Progress in Human Geography 30.5: 608-625.

Halbert, L. and Attuyer, K. (2016). Introduction: The financialisation of urban production: Conditions, mediations and transformations. Urban Studies 53.7, 1347-1361

Harvey, D. (2005). A brief history of neoliberalism. New York: Oxford University Press.

Hodkinson, S. (2012).The New Urban Enclosures. City - analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action, 16 (5), 500-518.

Marazzi, C. (2011). The violence of financial capitalism. Cambridge: MIT Press Books.

Mezzadra, S. and Neilson, B. (2015). Operations of capital. South Atlantic Quarterly 114 (1): 1-9.

Poovey, M. (2015) On ‘the limits to financialization’. Dialogues in Human Geography 5, 2: 220-224.

Ouma, S. (2015) Getting in between M and M′ or How farmland further debunks financialization." Dialogues in Human Geography 5, 2: 225-228. 

Dr Richard Waldron B.A, MRUP, PhD, MIPI 
Urban Studies Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow
School of Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy
University College Dublin 

Recent Articles
Waldron, R., 2016. The “unrevealed casualties” of the Irish mortgage crisis: Analysing the broader impacts of mortgage market financialisation. Geoforum69, pp.53-66.

Waldron, R. and Redmond, D., 2016. “We’re just existing, not living!” Mortgage stress and the concealed costs of coping with crisis. Housing Studies, pp.1-29. DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2016.1224323

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