The Roots of London's Housing Crisis: Social Housing, Regeneration and State-led Gentrification
It is widely accepted that London is facing a housing crisis as manifested in rapidly rising private sector rents and house prices making more parts of the city unaffordable for those living on medium as well as low incomes. However the roots of this crisis can be traced back several decades in relation to policies on the sale of council homes to sitting tenants, the stock transfer of former council estates to housing associations, and the various regeneration programmes which have been implemented in council-built housing estates. The presentation highlights the impact of these various policies on long-term shifts in housing tenure in London and how these shifts are implicated in what can be identified as 'state-led gentrification' - how the state itself is involved in creating the conditions for the transformation of former working-class neighbourhoods into upper middle-class enclaves. The presentation illustrates how the above processes occur with reference to research examples of housing change in various parts of the city.
The session will be led by Paul Watt, Senior Lecturer in Urban Studies
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