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SEMINAR | 'Cities and the Super-Rich'



Start Date

1st Jun 2016 3:00pm

End Date

1st Jun 2016 4:00pm

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An Institute for the Study of Social Change seminar

presented by

Professor Ray Forrest, City University of Hong Kong

Cities, and particularly the leading world cities, are the sites where extreme inequalities find their most visible contemporary expression. They are, it seems, both the playgrounds and projects of a new over-class of super-rich. This talk will explore some of the key conceptual issues around these assumptions. How do we construct this category of 'super-rich'? Where do we find them? What do they want? Where do cities and urban development fit into the picture? Why now and is all this so novel? In addressing these questions it will be suggested that we need to transcend accusatory and moralistic positions and develop a more nuanced and structural understanding of super-richness. This involves inter alia acknowledging the role of governments and intermediaries in super-rich accumulation and exploring differences in the composition and role of elites in specific urban political economies and real estate markets.

Speak Biography
Professor Ray Forrest has worked at the University of Birmingham (UK) and the University of Bristol, where he was appointed to a Chair in Urban Studies in 1994. At Bristol he was Head of the School for Policy Studies (2001-2004), Associate Director/Director of the Centre for East Asian Studies (2004-2008) and co-director of the ESRC Centre for Neighbourhood Research (2001-2005). He has also held visiting appointments at the Universities of Hong Kong , Glasgow and Amsterdam. He is co-editor of Housing Studies and Asian Public Policy and edits the Routledge Series, Housing and Society. He is an Academician of the UK Academy of Social Sciences and Emeritus Professor of Urban Studies at the University of Bristol.

Wednesday 1 June

3.00pm to 4.00pm

Harvard Lecture Theatre 1, Centenary Building, Sandy Bay Campus


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