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  • Deirdre Conlon contributed to several sessions at the 2018 AAG meeting in New Orleans.

  • Martin Zebracki provided the invited address (De)Facing Public Art Through a Digital World at the College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley.

  • Martin Zebracki has been elected Editorial Board Member of Public Art Dialogue, published by Taylor & Francis in partnership with the College Art Association (CAA). He is moreover commissioned Editor of the Special Issue on Public Art and Sex(uality) for the 10th anniversary of this journal in 2020

  • The Lilac project was mentioned in the Guardian newspaper.

  • Alice Butler and Alex Schafran published an article entitled “What sort of place is a shithole? It depends on your gender” in the Monday, January 22 edition of The Conversation. Read here.

  • Deirdre Conlon has been awarded an ESRC White Rose DTP Network Award. The award will support three Ph.D. studentships in a network examining 'Brexit's Aftermaths: Contesting Insecurities' and is a collaboration with Dr Alexandra Hall, York U. (Politics) and Dr Hannah Lewis, Sheffield U. (Sociological Studies). 

  • Anna McLauchlan wrote two texts for MAP magazine: ‘Wake up and the world is different’, the final essay of five associated with Collective in Edinburgh’s Satellites programme; ‘Making our way’, a review of Shelter Stone: The Artist and the Mountain, a year-long public art project in the form of a newspaper.

  • A report by Paul Johnson, Robert Vanderbeck, and Silvia Falcetta on religious same-sex marriage in England and Wales has received significant recent media attention, including coverage in the Daily TelegraphYorkshire Post, twice in Pink News (see here and here), Gay TimesThinking AnglicansChristian TodayEvangelical FocusPremier ChristianityChristian Daily and Law & Religion UK. The original report can be accessed here.

  • Sara Gonzalez and Paul Waley attended the Governing Urban Futures end of project conference at UCL (15 and 16 Jan) and offered commentaries on various papers.

  • Deirdre Conlon gave a paper at the second annual Carceral Geographies conference (11-12 December 2017) at the University of Birmingham. Conlon's paper was titled: “Reading between the (heavily redacted) lines: Immigration detention, contracting, and accountability.” A synopsis of the conference can be found here.

  • Martin Zebracki was interviewed about Brexit and the future of UK and EU academics and academia, including opportunities and challenges relating to research funding and a potential brain drain. BNR Nieuwsradio (in Dutch). Broadcast available here.

  • Martin Zebracki will provide the invited address Queerly Forgotten at the Queer Activism Today Workshop in the Gender and Sexuality Research Group at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster, on 3 March 2018.

  • Deirdre Conlon was a keynote speaker at the Nordic Hospitalities in a Context of Migration and Refugee Crisis/Nordhost conference, University of Oslo, Dec. 4-5 2017. Conlon's talk was titled Reflections on Migration, Mobility, and (the) State.

  • Deirdre Conlon gave an invited presentation about her research to students in the Department of Sociology at University Massachusetts, Boston, US on Nov. 29. The presentation focused on the links between race, immigration detention, and deportation. 

  • Robert Vanderbeck, with collaborators Paul Johnson and Silvia Falcetta at the University of York, has released a new report entitled Religious marriage of same-sex couples: a report on places of worship in England and Wales registered for the solemnization of same-sex marriage.  

  • David Bell presented the closing keynote at the symposium 'Hyper-rural: the End of Urbanism?' at Manchester School of Architecture.

  • Laura Loyola Hernandez has been awarded a three-year British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship. Laura will be joining SJCC to work with Nichola Wood on a project entitled In the margins of the state: negotiating female political subjecthood in Maya communities in Yucatán.

  • Martin Zebracki has recently signed a contract with Routledge for his monograph on Digitally Mediated Public Art: Spatiality, Materiality, Sociality, to be published in the Routledge Research in Culture, Space and Identity series.

  • Michael Janoschka wan an invited speaker at the 6th Urbanbat festival taking place in Bilbao (Spain). The overall theme of this event was “displacements”, and Michael presented a talk on “Seven theses on displacement in the contemporary city”.

  • Anna McLauchlan presented a seminar ‘Reverberations from School Private Finance Initiative Projects’ at the School of Social Work and Social Policy, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. 

  • Deirdre Conlon gave an invited talk at the Geography/Earth and Environmental Sciences colloquium, Graduate Center, City University of New York on October 19th 2017. The talk was titled: Carceral Interstices: Legitimacy on the Move.

  • Deirdre Conlon also gave a research design seminar on 'Reflections on Carceral Circuits and Spaces' at the Graduate Center CUNY's Critical Psychology lunch time/brown bag series, where she is an alumnus of the Critical/Environmental Psychology program.

  • Deirdre Conlon gave an invited talk at Stony Brook University, NY (hosted by the Department of Women's, Sexualities and Gender Studies and co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Inequalities, Social Justice, and Policy) on October 17th 2017. The talk was titled: Carceral Interstices: Legitimacy on the Move.

  • Michael Janoschka was invited by the Chilean Society of Geographical Sciences to hold the inaugural keynote lecture at the 23rd International Congress of Geography, which took place from October 17th-20th, in Temuco (Chile), bringing together more than 250 scientists, community activists and representatives of local indigenous communities. His lecture was titled “The production of space in the contemporary city: Comparative perspectives on violent accumulation, dispossession and emancipation”.

  • David Bell gave a research seminar at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, called 'The Art of Eating Together'. He also co-hosted a reading group based around texts on animals in performance and swimming with tuna.
     
  • Martin Zebracki provided an invited discussant commentary at the book launch of Art and the City: Worlding the Discussion Through a Critical Artscape (edited by Jason Luger and Julie Ren; Routledge, 2017) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), 12 October 2017
    Martin Zebracki presented his article Urban Preservation and the Queerying Spaces of (Un)remembering: Memorial Landscapes of the Miami Beach Art Deco Historic District (published online in Urban Studies on 19 June 2017) at the Miami to Morecambe: Transatlantic Seaside Moderne Symposium, The Midland, Morecambe, 8 October 2017

  • David Bell was an invited participant at the inaugural Leeds workshop of The Pilot Cities Programme, administered by United Cities and Local Government (UCLG) and Culture Action Europe. The programme will form a major part Leeds' bid to become European Capital of Culture 2023, and the Leeds Culture Strategy Delivery Plan.

  • Alex Schafran’s article "La France rêvée des promoteurs” (with Yohann LeMoigne, Theresa Enright and Giorgia Aiello) was published in the French edition of Metrpolitiques.

  • Zac Taylor was interviewed by the Miami Herald in an article titled "Built for Bottleneck: Is Florida Growing Too Fast to Evacuate Before Monster Storms?"

  • Martin Zebracki currently serves as Chair of the Committee of the Space, Sexualities and Queer Research Group (SSQRG) of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) with the Institute of British Geographers (IBG) – after having held office as SSQRG Secretary for a term of four years.

  • Martin Zebracki has co-convened the session on Gay Male Urban Spaces after Grindr & Gentrification (with Ryan Centner) and panel on Teaching Geographies of Gender and Sexualities (with Joe Hall) at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, 29 August – 1 September.

  • Zac Taylor published a story in The Conversation titled "How a billion-dollar insurance industry protects Florida's risky real estate game – for now"

  • Paul Chatterton spoke at the Festival of the Future city on citizen led housing. Find out more here.

  • Louise Waite recently gave an invited talk to A-level Politics students at Notre Dame Sixth Form College. She talked to them about ‘The political discourse around ‘modern slavery’.

  • Yael Arbell presented a paper at the SASE (Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics) annual conference in Lyon, titled "English community-led housing: creating alternatives in neoliberal times". 

  • On 9 June Alice Butler presented a paper at the Urban Space and the Body conference, at the University of Cork, Ireland. The paper was written with Dr Alex Schafran and was entitled "Complexities of the 'shithole': understanding what people mean and how they respond to the discourse of denigration".

  • Deirdre Conlon chaired a panel discussion on 'Challenging Immigration Detention' on June 25th as part of Refugee Week (June 19-25). Panelists included representatives from Bail for Immigration Detainees, Detention Action and Habeas Corpus. The event, organized by Quakers in Britain, took place at Friends House in London.

  • Deirdre Conlon was an invited speaker at the Leeds to New York Student Leadership Programme on Wednesday 14 June.

  • Deirdre Conlon presented at four sessions/panels at the 2017 American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting in Boston, MA.
     
  • Anna McLauchlan contributed to Shona Projects, a unique learning experience that takes place on an island in North West Scotland called Eilean Shona.

  • Anna McLauchlan was part of working group overseen by Wojciech Kosma (with Steven Anderson, Kathryn Ashill, Marta Jalowska, Phil Eaglesham and Pernilla Spence) that prepared for and undertook two performances concerned with art and political action. Performances introduced and concluded the summer school at Hospitalfield, Arbroath, 28-30 June.

  • Anna McLauchlan wrote two texts for MAP magazine –Writing in Absence and The Particular in General – about exhibitions associated with Collective in Edinburgh’s Satellites programme.

  • 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 foundationaleconomy.com, 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.

  • Alex Schafran gave a keynote lecture at the Urban Thinkers Campus conference “'Education for the City We Need”, June 7-9 at TU Delft. The title of the lecture was “The Future of the Urban Academy”.

  • Louise Waite gave an invited presentation on 12 May at the University of Newcastle – the interdisciplinary symposium was on ‘Slavery: dialogues across time and place’ and Lou spoke about irregular migrants and modern slavery.

  • Paul Waley gave a talk entitled ‘Placing Tokyo within an East Asian Paradigm of Gentrification’ to the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Vienna, on 27 April.

  • Paul Waley presented a paper entitled ‘Peri-urban China in Regional Context: The Demise of Mixed Livelihoods and Landscapes in the Face of Satellite Urbanization’ at the 2017 International Conference on China Urban Development, 5-6 May 2017, University College London.

  • As part of Leeds Creative Labs: Dare Edition 2017, Martin Zebracki was matched with Tyrrell Jones, director of Knaïve Theatre, a Leeds-based partnership that exists to connect, challenge and empower public audiences. On 5 July 2017, they performed their showcase entitled The Ecology of Digital Life: Dear Humans and Cyborgs in further collaboration with a poet, dancer and composer. This live streamed showcase formed a collective response to Zebracki's recent work in the virtually mediated geographies of public art. Its digital legacy can be retrieved from here

  • Martin Zebracki will serve as panelist in the round-table event Burlesque in the North: Spatial Politics and Sexual Citizenship. This event will convene burlesque performers/organisers and academics. Venue: Alec Clegg Theatre, School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds, 11 July, 2-4pm. To register for this free event, please contact Linda Watson. More information here

  • Martin Zebracki will provide the invited address “Coming Out of Materiality: Public Art and Sexuality in the Digital Age” in the Dynamiques spatiales du genre Research Group at UMR Géographie-cités, Université Paris Diderot (Paris 7), Sorbonne Paris Cité, France, 15 June 2017. Research Group info and Abstract here

  • Martin Zebracki provided the “Special Lecture: Whither Digital Public Art? The Question of Amphibian Matter” at the Department of Arts Studies and Curational Practices at the Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan, 7 April 2017. 

  • Martin Zebracki has served as content editor of the forthcoming Global 12th Edition of The Cultural Landscape: An Introduction to Human Geography by James M. Rubenstein.

  • Martin Zebracki co-launched the initiative “A LGBT memorial for Ghent now, more than ever before” [Een LHBT-monument voor Gent, nu meer dan ooit] in Ghent, Belgium on 18 April 2017. This call has hitherto drawn attention from the city council, local and national LGBT organisations and major Flemish news channels, including De Morgen De Standaard and VRT/Radio 2 [in Dutch]. 

  • Martin Zebracki has been selected for Leeds Creative Labs within the remit of the 2017 Edition of DARE, the partnership between Opera North and the University of Leeds. He will collaborate with Tyrrell Jones, the Co-Artistic Director of the Leeds-based performing arts company KnaïveTheatre, to co-research and co-produce public art and pursue opportunities for developing impact.

  • Nichola Wood gave a talk on 'Exploring Ontological (In)Security in Uncertain Times' at the AAG meeting in Boston, MA.

  • Nichola Wood was an invited discussant for a session on 'The Power of Enchantment: Exploring the Affective Entanglements between Bodies, Objects and Space in Constituting National Identifications' at the AAG meeting in Boston, MA.

  • As part of the University’s impact enhancement pilot project, Louise Waite recently had a series of Westminster meetings with MPs to discuss her research on forced labour and modern slavery and associated policy recommendations. She met with Fiona Mactaggart MP (Chair of APPG on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery), Thangam Debbonaire MP (Chair of APPG on Refugees) and Kate Green MP (Chair of the APPG on Migration). Lou also met with Paul Broadbent, expert panel member of the government’s Taylor Review on Modern Employment Practices, and will be presenting oral evidence at a session in May for this Review.

  • Intimate Economies of Immigration Detention: Critical Perspectives (2016) edited by Deirdre Conlon and Nancy Hiemstra has been been nominated to be honored at this year's Geographical Perspectives on Women (GPOW) Book Event at the 2017 American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting in Boston, MA.

  • In March the School of Geography and Leeds-Migration Research Network hosted a day long workshop on Experiencing (In)securities. The event was one of three in the White Rose Collaboration Fund 'Europe, Migration and the New Politics of (In)security' Research Network, which Deirdre Conlon co-leads.

  • In March Deirdre Conlon gave an invited talk to students in the Department of Geography at Durham University on 'Geopolitics and Intimacy' based on work in her recently published edited collection: Conlon, D. and Hiemstra, N. (2016) Intimate economies of immigration detention: critical perspectives (w/Routledge).

  • Robert Vanderbeck was interviewed for the Vermont Public Radio programme Brave Little State, and appears in the podcast 'Why is Vermont So Overwhelmingly White?', wherein his prior research in this area is described (probably for the first and last time) as 'totally fascinating'. Listen to the podcast here.

  • Nichola Wood has been appointed as a Pathway Director for the new ESRC White Rose DTP. This is a 3 year role which will involve a 0.3FTE buy-out. Nichola will be leading the Cities, Environment and Liveability (CEL) pathway, which is one of seven interdisciplinary pathways that make up the new DTP.

  • Martin Zebracki served as advisor for the newly formed Public Art Ordinance of the City of Miami, Florida, USA.

  • Martin Zebracki will provide an invited address about online mediated geographies of public art at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge.

  • On Thursday 9 March Deirdre Conlon gave an invited talk to students in the Department of Geography at Durham University on 'Geopolitics and Intimacy' based on work in her recently published edited collection: Conlon, D. and Hiemstra, N. (2016) Intimate economies of immigration detention: critical perspectives (w/Routledge).

  • On Friday 3 March the School of Geography and Leeds-Migration Research Network hosted a day long workshop on Experiencing (In)securities. The event was one of three in the White Rose Collaboration Fund 'Europe, Migration and the New Politics of (In)security' Research Network, which Deirdre Conlon co-leads.

  • Deirdre Conlon and several MA Global Urban Justice students (Tom Capon, Emily Cowling, Haruka Hirano, and Alice Metcalf) gave a presentation and workshop to community, board and staff members of LS14 Trust in Seacroft. The event highlighted the collaborative research students and the Trust are doing in connection with the Eat Project, details available here.

  • Deirdre Conlon presented a paper on Carceral Circuitry with colleagues Nick Gill, Dominique Moran and Andrew Burridge at the Carceral Geography conference, University of Birmingham. Conlon was also an invited panelist for the conference closing session where she commented on Opportunities, Challenges and the Future of/for Carceral Geography.
     
  • Martin Zebracki will deliver an invited provocation at the "un-conference" Dwelling and Its Discontents: Art, Home and Economy in Newcastle upon Tyne on 14-15 July 2016 as part of PROTOHOME, a multi-actor self-build housing project.

  • Ayona Datta presented her paper 'Land Fiction: the urbanization of dispossession' in a panel organised by the CITY journal in San Francisco, AAG 2016.

  • Ayona Datta has been appointed editor of the journal Dialogues in Human Geography from April 2016. She will hold this position for a period of three years.

  • Louise Waite was the invited speaker at Exeter’s Geography seminar series in March. She spoke about modern slavery and human trafficking.

  • Ayona Datta’s article Will India’s Will India’s experiment with smart cities tackle poverty – or make it worse? was published in The Conversation in January. It generated over 22k viewers and was republished by Quartz.com and Scroll.in – two major media outlets in India.

  • Ayona Datta was mentioned in a Guardian article on 28 January for her work on entrepreneurial urbanism. The article was titled Where are the world's newest cities … and why do they all look the same? and was authored by Adam Greenfield.

  • Martin Zebracki delivered the keynote address Communication/Immunisation: Challenges to Public Art in a Convergence Culture (in Dutch) at the national Art and Community Expert Meeting in the Dutch city of Amersfoort.

  • Ayona Datta was part of an ESRC committee from the UK to Jaipur, India to shape forthcoming research/network calls under their ‘Urban Transformations’ theme to be funded jointly with the Indian Council for Social Sciences Research (ICSSR).

  • Martin Zebracki and Professor Ann Sumner, University of Leeds Public Art Project Officer, convened the Public Art Workshop in January to reflect with experts and any interested parties throughout the UK on navigation, representation, learning, engagement and curational best practices in university campus art.

  • Louise Waite gave a talk in November at Wakefield Girls' High School as part of their Sixth Form enrichment talks The Barbara Hepworth Lecture Series. Her talk was Modern Slavery in the UK: Hidden in Plain Sight?

  • In November Ayona Datta was keynote speaker at the Fieldnotes workshop in Fribourg. This was organised jointly by University of Neuchatel and University of Fribourg for their PhD students. The title of her talk was Fieldnotes in Urban Geography.

  • Ayona Datta received approval for her AHRC-ICHR Newton funding application titled 'Learning from the utopian city: Alternative histories of India's urban futures'. She will be the UK based PI working with India based Co-I Dr. Anu Sabhlok. Other UK Co-Is on this project are Prof. William Gould (School of History, Leeds) and Dr Rebecca Madgin (Glasgow). The project will run from February-July 2016.

  • Louise Waite was the invited speaker CRASSH, the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Research into the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities in November. She spoke about Rethinking work: Vulnerable work from her research collaborations with Stuart Hodkinson and Hannah Lewis.

  • Louise Waite and Hannah Lewis launched their book - Waite, L., Lewis, H., Craig, G. & Skrivankova, K. (2015) Vulnerability, exploitation and migrants: Insecure work in a globalised economy.
    Basingstoke, Palgrave-on 9 November at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool.

  • Martin Zebracki has joined the Editorial Board of Geo: Geography and Environment for a three-year term. This journal is published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers). More information can be found here.

  • In November Louise Waite and Hannah Lewis gave an invited talk at a conference in Sheffield on Working on the Edge of Society: Migrants in Illegal, Precarious and Exploitative Work. They spoke alongside Paul Blomfield, Labour MP.

  • Ayona Datta delivered the first lecture in the Debating Development: Urban Dynamics in the Age of Citiesseries in University of Antwerp in October.

  • Ayona Datta was invited to join the editorial board of EPD: Society and Space from January 2016 for a three year term.

  • Ayona Datta was invited to the international Make City Festival in Berlin (19-20 June) to speak in the symposium Beware of Smart People which was organised by TU Berlin. Her talk was titled A 100 smart cities, but where are the smart citizens?

  • The recent monograph Law, Religion and Society by Paul Johnson (York) and Robert Vanderbeck has been favourably reviewed in the latest issue of Ecclesiastical Law Journal .
  • Hannah Lewis presented on forced labour among refugees and asylum seekers at Bevan House, a specialist migrant and homeless health service in Bradford on 16 June. The practice will be developing a protocol for identifying forced labour as a result.
  • Ayona Datta delivered a seminar in the 7th Doreen Massey Annual event at the Open University (via weblink). This year’s theme was on Digital Geographies, and Ayona’s talk was titled ‘The (un)smart city: Fictions of sentient urban futures’. The podcast of the talk is available here (opens external website).
  • Ayona Datta was quoted in two articles for her comments on India’s recent move to build 100 smart cities in the next decade. On 22 June in The Economic Times (opens external website) and on 29 June in South China Morning Post (opens external website).
  • In June Louise Waite was the invited speaker at the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation as part of their Refugee Week programme. Louise spoke about her research with Hannah Lewis and Stuart Hodkinson around asylum and modern slavery.
  • Louise Waite and Hannah Lewis gave a paper at the IRiS International Conference on Superdiversity at the University of Birmingham, 23 June, on Hyper-precarity: Understanding and tackling labour exploitation?
  • Louise Waite, Stuart Hodkinson and Hannah Lewis recently held three workshops in Leeds, Manchester and London as part of their ESRC Knowledge Exchange grant entitled Tackling labour exploitation among refugees and asylum seekers. The workshops were designed to launch the guide, posters and postcards that they have been producing throughout the project – these can be seen here. The response to the workshops was overwhelming with over 120 people attending from a range of migrant and refugee organisations, statutory providers, unions and employment rights networks, and anti-trafficking organisations. The third workshop in London ended with our final Platform meeting to discuss the future for tackling labour exploitation among asylum seekers and refugees in the UK, as we hope this project will have an ‘impact life’ far beyond the end of grant date.
  • Ayona Datta has received a book contract from Zed Books for a co-edited collection titled Ecological Citizenships in the Global South: Re-imagining rights, justice and democracy. Paul Routledge is a contributing author to the collection.
  • Paul Routledge spoke on issues of development and displacement at a public showing of A River Changes Course about recent changes in Cambodia at the Green Film Festival at Hyde Park Cinema on 3 June.
  • Ayona Datta delivered the CRASSH (Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities) lecture in University of Cambridge on 22 April 2014. Her lecture was titled The Intimate City: Violence, gender and everyday life in Delhi.
  • Ayona Datta published an article on 17 April 2014 in the Guardian newspaper titled India’s smart city craze: Big, green and doomed from the start? This is part of Guardian’s ongoing coverage on smart cities and the Indian elections. The article is currently 5th most popular on the Guardian Cities website. As of 28 April it had elicited 44 comments and has been shared 170 times on Twitter and over 160 times on Facebook. It is available here (opens external website). 
  • Louise Waite and Hannah Lewis have been offered a book contract with Palgrave for a book entitled Vulnerability, exploitation and migrants. Insecure work in a globalised economy (to be published in 2015). It is an edited collection that springs from their Precarious Lives conference in Leeds. The collection will produce a genuinely cross-disciplinary conversation that spans both the disciplines of human geography, sociology, social policy, politics, anthropology and business studies, and academic and activist perspectives. The other editors are Prof. Gary Craig (University of Durham) and Klara Skrivankova (Anti-Slavery International). 
  • 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).