Search site

School of Geography

Archived news (CSJ)

  • 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.

  • Michael Janoschka was invited to provide the inaugural speech to the International Conference on Housing politics and urban governance, which was held at the Institute of Geography of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) on March 29-30. The title of his conference was “Housing in the 21st century – a method of violent accumulation, dispossession and oppression, or a way for social emancipation?”

  • Michael Janoschka gave a talk titled “The processes of displacement and dispossession in the contemporary city – conceptual reflexions” at the Institute of Geography of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, as part of his field visit to Mexico City.

  • LILAC was mentioned in this pioneering crowdfunding blogspot

  • Paul Routledge was interviewed for an article ‘Changing demographics may alter climate vulnerability’.

  • Anna McLauchlan contributed an interview to Living Out Ideas a publication providing a creative and critical response to the conditions of the curatorial (Nov 2016); undertook seminar/workshops that explored ‘Performativity and performance: parody and politics’ with Masters of Fine Art Students (Nov 2016) and delivered a lecture on the topic of Cultural Geography (18 Jan) to the first year programme (more than 200 students), Glasgow School of Art; taught yoga philosophy to trainee yoga teachers (Glasgow). 

  • Paul Chatterton has been appointed as a Commissioner for the Co-operative Council's innovation network on housing. See here for more information.

  • Paul Routledge gave an interview on Radio: Drivetime - Southern rail strike (BBC Radio London) about how trade unions make the decision to strike and the importance of having the right to strike and to safe, well-paid work. Available here.

  • Alex Schafran co-organized and participated in a two-day workshop entitled A New Politics of the City: Developing creative and radically interdisciplinary understandings of cities, urbanization and human settlements, funded by LHRI and PHRS at Leeds. This is part of an ongoing Sadler Series on the New Politics of the City which runs all academic year.

  • Alex Schafran gave a talk on his recent Housing Policy Debate paper rethinking housing tenure in the United States at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning conference Nov 4th in Portland, Oregon, USA. He also participated in a panel discussion on the suburbanization of poverty.

  • David Bell presented the opening keynote at the Critical Hospitality Studies Symposium in Edinburgh on 28-29 July. His talk was called ‘Hospitality as invitation, or, the art of eating together’

  • Find here the final report of the ESRC seminar series on cohousing Paul Chatterton was involved in and was launched in Parliament on 22 June.

  • Paul Chatterton has been in the news commenting on EU referendum. See the BBC article here.

  • Alex Schafran gave an invited talk to the Vietnamese Institute for Urban Planning on “Contemporary restructuring and retrofitting of urban regions in the USA” on 14 April 2016.Paul Waley presented a paper entitled “Using local idiom and a regional approach to challenge globalising tendencies” to an international workshop for the ESRC-funded project Governing the Future City: London Johannesburg and Shanghai at UCL on 22 April 2016.

  • Agnieszka Labonarska gave a presentation on the “Spatial politics of urban food commons” at the 2016 AAG Conference in San Francisco (California, USA) as part of the session on “Transformations of land and property in the current political economy”; and had been awarded the AAG Student Travel Award to forge new relationships and potential collaborations with US-based and other scholars working on the similar topics.

  • David Bell has been invited to submit written evidence to the Nuffield Council on Bioethics review of cosmetic procedures.

  • Paul Routledge has been awarded the James Blaut award by the Socialist and Critical Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers. The award is in recognition of a scholar who, over the course of her/his life, has: (1) used a geographic and historical analysis of capitalism to explain current social injustices and inequalities; (2) promoted activism.

  • Alex Schafran gave an invited talk at the School of Geography, University of Hull in February. The talk was entitled Rethinking Urbanization and featured work done in collaboration with Dr Stephen Hall (School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds.

  • Alex Schafran presented a paper co-authored with Dr Stephen Hall (School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds) entitled The Right to the City Beyond Centrality: Foundational Urban Systems in a Post-Labour World at the Urban Governance and its Discontents conference at Oxford in February.

  • Following Federico Venturinis participation in an international Peace delegation in Istanbul to promote the resumption of the peace process in Turkey, the delegation has released a joint statement which can be found here.

  • Zac Taylor and Alex Schafran curated a debate in the latest issue of City, entitled Can resilience be redeemed? featuring perspectives from Kate Derickson, Tim Schwanen, Geoff DeVerteuil & Oleg Golubchikov.

  • Zac Taylor has partnered with a Florida-based publication to produce a 7-part series on climate adaptation and city planning in the Tampa Bay region. The first feature is titled "Tampa Bay Area scientists, policymakers plan for rising sea levels".

  • Can the University Help Make Better Cities, an essay by Alex Schafran, was published by the Carnegie Council’s Policy Innovations site.

  • Alex Schafran gave an invited lecture in January at the Sorbonne entitled Rethinking Urbanization, as part of a seminar series on metropolitan dynamics organized by urban scholars from multiple universities in Paris.

  • LILAC has been shortlisted for the CIBSE Building Performance Award and as a finalist in the World Habitat Awards 2015. LILAC is also featured in the launch of a new award program for social enterprises launched by the national social enterprise charity UnLtd.

  • Alex Schafran gave a presentation on civil society engagement in devolution at a conference hosted by the White Rose Network and SPERI at the University of Sheffield. He also gave an invited talk at an event organized by Leeds-based third sector groups on the role of civil society in devolution at Leeds Civic Hall.

  • David Bell was one of the speakers at the launch of the Centre for World Cinemas & Digital Cultures. The Centre is based in the School of Languages, Cultures & Societies at the University of Leeds and is a supporting partner of the Leeds International Film Festival.

  • Zac Taylor was a discussant on the closing plenary at a two day conference-workshop titled Sea Level Rise: What's Our Next Move?, hosted by the Institute on Science for Global Policy and the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, FL.

  • Paul Chatterton gave an introductory address on the challenges facing Leeds at the Ecology and Economy conference hosted by Schumacher North at the St George's Centre in Leeds.

  • Paul Waley gave a talk entitled Choosing a school and changing the city at Ningbo, Yunnan, Yunnan Normal and Dali universities in China on various dates in September.

  • Stella Darby spoke about Participatory Action Research at an event at Durham University called Mapping Impact Together: Alternative forms of impact in co-produced research, and participated in a workshop to produce a joint report to the ESRC as part of the N8 Research Partnership co-production project.

  • Paul Chatterton contributed to a panel presentation on Leeds City Lab as part of Sheffield University social sciences annual conference.

  • Paul Chatterton gave a keynote address at the Leeds Sustainability Institute's annual conference at Leeds Beckett University. He also gave a paper presentation entitled Postcapitalist Transitions.

  • The CSJ cluster hosted a series of events in September on the title of Crisis and Hope: Perspectives on resistance with the contributions from John Holloway, internationally renowned professor from the Autonomous University of Puebla, Mexico. The public lecture is online here.

  • Paul Chatterton helped to launch the N8 research university network’s Urban Living theme at the University of Durham, bringing together 30 academics from across the North of England. There will be more information in future newsletters as this theme progresses.

  • Paul Chatterton spoke at a workshop in Sheffield for self/custom build workshop for planners and housing officers.

  • Alex Schafran and Zac Taylor have had the blog post What next for devolution and civil society in the North? published on the Involve Yorkshire and Humber website (opens external window).

  • David Bell made his annual visit to Ramon Llull University in Barcelona, where he taught three classes on the MA in Cultural Production & Communication.

  • Zac Taylor presented a paper titled Power, Privilege and the Parklet: Social Impact Design, Active Citizenship and the Restructuring of San Francisco, CA in a session on "Governing Experimental Spaces of Urban Transition" on 4 September at the Royal Geographical.

  • David Bell was an invited participant at the workshop on International Medical Travel and the Politics of Transnational Mobility in Asia at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, on 26-27 August. He co-presented a paper on Chinese cosmetic surgery tourists visiting Seoul, as well as delivering the closing commentary at the end of the Workshop.

  • LILAC has been featured in the following articles: Co-ops UKExpress.co.ukRetiremove.co.uk and the Yorkshire Evening Post (opens external window). The Cooperative Housing Federation of Canada featured LILAC in a recent newsletter, showing evidence of an international impact.

  • Martin Purvis gave an invited paper Coastal moralities and the art of George Morland at a symposium Bohemians and Marginal Communities in the 18th Century: George Morland in Context organised by the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, Leeds on 29 May.

  • Paul Routledge organised a panel session on resourcing scholar-activism with Kate Derickson of the University of Minnesota at the Association of American Geographers conference in Chicago in April 2015.

  • Members of CSJ participated in the 4th International Contested Cities meeting in Mexico City (12-17 April). Sara Gonzalez, Vicky Habermehl, Federico Venturini, Joe Beswick, Ana Cabrera and Alex Schafran took part in working groups, chaired sessions, presented papers and went in fieldtrip visits. Find more information here (opens external window).

  • Alex Schafran gave an invited lecture about the challenges and possibilities of the regional retrofitting project underway in Greater Denver at an event co-organized by the Department of Urban Planning, University of Colorado - Denver and their MURP Alumni Association.

  • Hannah Lewis has been awarded a small research grant by the British Academy to investigate superdiversity in Kirkgate market with Sara Gonzalez (Geography), Paul Bagguley (Sociology and Social Policy) and Serge Sharoff (Languages, Cultures and Societies) as part of a wider project called ‘Leeds Voices’ led by Prof. Janet Watson (Languges@Leeds) and colleagues across seven Schools. Leeds Voices has also been awarded Leeds Humanities Research Institute funding for a Sadler Seminar Series.

  • On March 24, in close partnership with Involve Yorkshire and Humber, Alex Schafran and Zac Taylor hosted more than a dozen voluntary and charitable organization (VCO) leaders from across from across Yorkshire and Humber to discuss the current devolution of governance in the North of England. The event focused on ways to build civil society and 3rd sector engagement and power within the newly devolved and ever-devolving regional governance landscape of the North. This event is part of a larger project supported by the Regional Studies Association.

  • On March 20 Paul Chatterton spoke at the Leeds City Museum alongside Diana Johnson MP at the launch of the Union21 publication (opens external window) ‘Rebalancing the economy: New thinking on Britain’s regional inequalities’.

  • Louise Waite and Hannah Lewis were invited to speak at Parliament on Tuesday 10 March. They addressed the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Uncertainties on the topic of ‘Human Trafficking and Slavery in the UK’, chaired by John Glen MP. They spoke alongside Kevin Hyland; the UK’s first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. The audience comprised MPs and Lords together with representatives from the National Crime Agency, the Home Office, and many NGOs and think-tanks including Anti-Slavery International, Refugee Council, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, CentreForum, Chatham House and the Centre for Social Justice. Hannah & Louise profiled their ESRC funded research, with Stuart Hodkinson, on the Experiences of forced labour among refugees and asylum seekers and a follow on project, also funded by ESRC, on Tackling forced labour among refugees and asylum seekers.

  • David Bell and Gill Valentine's 1995 edited collection Mapping Desire is the subject of a Classics in Human Geography feature (opens external window) in Progress in Human Geography to mark the book's 20-year anniversary. The feature comprises a commentary by Linda Peake and a response from David and Gill.

  • Paul Chatterton spoke at a conference called Re-engagement or rebellion. For more information see  YouTube (opens external window).

  • Paul Routledge has co-edited a special issue of Area on Practising Participatory Geographies and is co-author of the introduction entitled Practising participatory geographies: potentials, problems and politics.

  • Stella Darby won the poster competition at the White Rose Social Science DTC spring conference. The conference theme was Impact through engagement and the poster title is Values-based community practice in austere times, or ‘How not to sell your soul when you're skint’.

  • Sara Gonzalez has been awarded an Antipode scholar activist award to carry out the project Scaling up urban resistance to the new gentrification frontier: Creating a national campaign network to defend traditional retail markets. Patricia Olivera, Professor from the Geography department of the Autonomous National University of Mexico is joining the CSJ cluster as a Contested Cities visitor from May until the end of October, giving seminars and engaging in research.

  • Stuart Hodkinson gave a talk at the Faculty of Architecture and Planning of the University of Chile titled La re-privatización de la vivienda y la crisis urbana actual en el Reino Unido on Tuesday 15 April. The abstract can be found here (opens external website).

  • Alex Schafran recently gave a series of three invited talks in Santiago de Chile as part of the Contested Cities projects ongoing work. Segregación y la Crisis en California at the University of Santiago de Chile on 30 March, Valor del suelo, segregación y la geografía cambiante de California, EEUU, at the University of Chile on 28 March, and Paramodernismo y el futuro de los estudios urbanos, at the University of Chile on 20 March 2014.

  • Marie-Avril Berthet Meylan presented her research on nightlife in Grenoble (France) in the seminar Urban Night, territory of innovation at the Pacte social science research laboratory, a multidisciplinary research laboratory which brings together researchers from many different horizons across the social sciences. She was also invited to take part in the research project about popular cultures in Switzerland initiated by the Swiss Institute of Rome, in which she gave a talk about the history and evolution of rave culture and club culture in this country. More information can be found here (opens external website).

  • During April, Paul Routledge was: (i) Session leader on Mismatch and Changing Environments at the WUN conference on Global Health and Climate Change, University of Cape Town; (ii) Presented a research seminar on Networking Equivalence?: Gender, the philosophy of praxis and spaces of encounter in the Climate Caravan, Bangladesh at the University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban, South Africa ; (iii) Presented a talk to South African activists entitled World on Fire, at the University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban, South Africa; and (iv) Presented a research seminar on Gender, Gramsci and Solidarity in Bangladesh at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg Johannesburg, South Africa.

  • Stella Darby co-facilitated a weekend course called Communities Creating Change at Woodhouse Community Centre as part of her ongoing action research with Oblong Community Resource Centre. The link to Oblong's website for a short blog about the course, which will be repeated in future is here (opens external window).