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Understanding and enhancing community value of traditional retail markets in UK cities


Associate Professor Sara Gonzalez

Sara’s current project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council 2018-2020 concerns, ‘Understanding and Enhancing the Community Value of Traditional Retail Markets in UK cities’. More information is available here https://trmcommunityvalue.leeds.ac.uk/ and you can follow any updates on the twitter account @markets4people

This is particularly relevant to us as citizens of both Headingley and Leeds but also given Headingley Development Trust’s monthly farmers’ market and involvement in the whole food shop and the grocer’s on North Lane as well as the development of Heart community resource and HDTs work.


Sara is a critical urban geographer interested in the political and economic transformation of cities, neoliberal urban policies, gentrification and contestation. Currently she is researching the transformation of traditional retail markets and their social value. Sara has also conducted comparative research in European and Latin American cities. Sara is committed to the use of participatory action research methodologies.



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