London, WC1A 2AE United Kingdom
Raquel Rolnik’s new book Urban Warfare: Housing under the empire of finance explores how financialisation and have colonised cities and housing systems around the world, provoking homelessness and desposession despite its promise of homeownership for all. The book examines housing politics and policy from numerous national contexts including the UK, Kazakhstan, Chile, the USA and Brazil. Rolnik offers a searing critique of the political economy of housing under neoliberalism and a poignant analysis of how economy and urban restructuring has decimated households across the globe, as well as an account of how residents and social movements are fighting back.
At this book launch event, Rolnik will present some of the key arguments of her book. She will be followed by discussants Glyn Robbins and David Madden. The event will be chaired by Suzanne Hall. The event is free and open to the public on a non-ticketed, first-come, first-served basis.
Raquel Rolnik is a professor of urban planning at University of São Paulo. A widely-published academic and writer, she has also served as Director of the Planning Department of the city of São Paulo, National Secretary for Urban Programmes of the Brazilian Ministry of Cities, Urban Policy Coordinator of the NGO Polis Institute and United Nations Special Rapporteur on adequate housing.
Glyn Robbins holds a PhD in Social Policy from LSE. A long-time housing worker and activist with Defend Council Housing, he the author of There's No Place: The American housing crisis and what it means for the UK. His articles about housing and urban policy appear regularly in the labour movement and housing press and have also been published by The Guardian.
David Madden is Associate Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Cities Programme at LSE. He is co-author, with Peter Marcuse, of In Defense of Housing: The politics of crisis. His writing has appeared in the Guardian, Jacobin, and the Washington Post.
Suzanne Hall is an urban ethnographer and architect and Associate Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Cities Programme at LSE. She is the author of City, Street and Citizen: The measure of the ordinary and co-editor, with Ricky Burdett, of The Sage Handbook of the 21st Century City.