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Birkbeck's Big Ideas: “I Ain’t Got Nowhere To Go”: Evictions, Displacement and New Logics of Expulsion in 21st Century London (Stratford)

Starts 25 September 2017 - 18:00
Finishes 25 September 2017 - 20:00
Venue Stratford Library, 3 The Grove, London, E15 1EL
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Join us for another Birkbeck's Big Ideas in Stratford and come prepared for interesting discussion and fascinating research!

Birkbeck's Big Ideas is a series of FREE events, designed to inspire and bring world class Birkbeck academics to the local community, with this latest installment from Dr Paul Watt, Reader in Urban Studies at Birkbeck's Department of Geography.

This talk illustrates what Saskia Sassen (2014) calls ‘new logics of expulsion’ in London – a global city which is experiencing a never-ending housing crisis involving chronic shortages of social rental housing and escalating homelessness.

Taking its cue from Matthew Desmond’s celebrated book Evicted (2016), the lecture draws on research findings on Londoners’ experiences of evictions and displacement at three places in and around the city. The first is a north London council estate undergoing ‘regeneration’ involving demolition. The second place is post-2012 Olympic Games’ east London with a focus on shrinking hostel provision for homeless youth. The third place is Welwyn Garden City and specifically a block of flats which is temporarily housing Londoners who have been expelled from the city.  

The event is FREE and open to all, but please note that seating is allocated on a first come first served basis.