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Private Greed, Political Negligence and Housing Policy After Grenfell. 

Speaker: Dr Stuart Hodkinson

New urban enclosures, housing privatisation, gentrification, PFI, privatisation of public space and  citizen auditing. All of these issues touch on important issues for those living in Headingley and Leeds. Stuart will talk about his new book which links these issues together with a focus on housing policy before and after Grenfell.

‘Safe as Houses : Private Greed, Political Negligence and Housing Policy After Grenfell’, Manchester University Press 2019.


Dr Stuart Hodkinson is a Lecturer in Critical Urban Geography. His main research focus is on the ‘new urban enclosures’ with a specific interest in the politics, policies and day-to-day realities of housing privatisation, urban regeneration and state-led gentrification in the UK. His most recent research was an ESRC-funded project exploring residents’ experiences of public housing / estate regeneration in England under the controversial Private Finance Initiative (PFI). He is also leading an EPSRC-funded pilot project on Digital Welfare exploring the implications of austerity-led welfare reform policies for different communities in Leeds.

Each session starts at 19.30 and finishes at 21.00 – though discussion can continue in the café.

Donation: £3 but no one turned away for lack of funds