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  • Alex Schafran and Stephen Hall presented their paper “From Foundation Economics and the Grounded City to Foundational Urban Systems” at the 2nd Radical Social Innovation Symposium at Queen Mary University of London on 11 May 2017. The paper has been released as the 3rd working paper on Foundational Economics at, a site run by foundational economy scholars associated with CRESC / Manchester Business School.
  • Alex Schafran gave an invited talk on “Urbanization as an Economic Sector” at the NYU symposium on Finance, Crisis, and the City hosted by NYU Florence on 7 May 2017. 
  • Stuart Hodkinson gave an invited talk to Leeds Cafe Economique in Chapel Allerton on 2 May 2017. His talk was entitled: 'Rethinking the Housing Crisis: from Market Failure to the Rentier City'. Over 50 people attended at the Seven Arts Cafe.
  • Paul Waley gave a talk entitled 'Down with the old – up with the new! Demolition and its consequences in Chinese cities' on 8 April at the Tate Liverpool as part of 'Here/There/Now: Housing in Chinese and UK Cities'
  • Sara Gonzalez was invited to teach in the 10th edition of the “The city and public space” at the University of La Laguna (Canary Islands, Spain) 3, 4 and 5th of April. Her three day course was titled ”City and Public spaces: Contested Cities in Europe and Latin America”
  • Annie Connelly's research on 'holiday hunger' in Leeds has been included in a report produced by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger - 'Hungry Holidays. A report on hunger amongst children during school holidays.' The report was mentioned in a recent Guardian article. 
  • Stuart Hodkinson's research on housing regeneration and the Private Finance Initiative was featured on BBC Radio '5 Live Investigates' programme on Sunday 30 April 2017. The programme focused on the emerging controversies of new district heating schemes where residents are being 'locked in' to long-term communal heat and hot water contracts as part of housing developments. 5Live based the programme on a report (entitled 'Not Fit for Purpose') that Stuart co-wrote with campaign group, Fuel Poverty Action, about residents' experiences on the Myatts Field North estate in Lambeth. The radio programme can be listened to or downloaded here and the report can be accessed here.
  • Alex Schafran gave an invited lecture on 4 April entitled “Urbanization as an Economic Sector” at a symposium at the University of California, Berkeley celebrating 10 years of the Global Metropolitan Studies Program.

  • Alex Schafran organized and moderated a panel discussion entitled “Can the Bay Area’s Planning and Development politics ever improve?” at SPUR Oakland on 5 April.

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