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Cambridge ESRC DTP Annual Lecture 2019                 

The 'HAVES' and the 'HAVE YACHTS'

Socio-Spatial Struggles in London between the 'Merely Wealthy' and the 'Super-Rich'

Professor Roger Burrows is Professor of Cities at Newcastle University and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths, University of London

We were delighted that Professor Burrows was able to deliver this year’s annual lecture on 7 May 2019.

In the decade between 2007 and 2017 London changed fundamentally. The lecture was about how the actions of the transnational über-wealthy—the 'have yachts'— has impinged on the life-worlds of the 'merely wealthy'—'the haves.' The lecture explored the conceptual utility of gentrification as a way of thinking about these seismic urban changes, and concluded that profound socio- spatial changes and new intensities in the financialization of housing, neighborhood tensions, and cultural dislocations are reshaping London as a plutocratic city and the lives of those who live there in historically unprecedented ways. The concept of 'super-gentrification', it was argued, does not adequately frame these circumstances.

You can watch this fascinating lecture in full below.

Our ESRC DTP students were also invited to submit posters for display at the annual lecture - you can find our more and take a look at all the fantastic entries here.