2021/12/13 – Andrew Leyshon “Neoliberal Fairy Tales and Authoritarian Realpolitik: Regulating the Platform Ecologies of FinTech”

Register for free here This paper outlines the ways in which sovereign regulatory authorities are responding to the challenge of FinTech’s novel platform ecologies. For some western financial regulators FinTech has Goldilocks-like qualities, as the centrality of data to platform finance business models means that they may be better suited to providing consistent, up-to-date and […]

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2021/11/29 – Susan Soederberg “Governing Urban Displacements in Global Capitalism”

Register for free here The scarcity of affordable rental housing has become a defining social issue with an increasing number of impoverished households embroiled in a vicious cycle of displaced survival marked by overindebtedness, evictions and homelessness. To deconstruct this reality, I view low-income rental housing as a historical social relation in that it is […]

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2021/11/15 – Radha Upadhyaya “Employing Capital: Patient Capital and Labour Relations in Kenya’s Manufacturing Sector”

Register for free here Generating decent employment plays a key role in the creation of a new social contract and social cohesion in sub-Saharan Africa. The crucial question is thus, how to create more decent jobs? Much of the extant research has focused on the role of states and businesses in shaping employment relations. In […]

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2021/10/25 – Zac Taylor “Urbanizing Climate Finance: Tracing the Insurance-linked Securities Trade through South Florida and Singapore”

Register for free here Insurance-linked securities (ILS) and related property catastrophe reinsurance market instruments are increasingly positioned by states, development agencies, and financial institutions alike as crucial mechanisms for governing climate change through finance. This talk examines how the expanding market for ILS constitutes, and is constituted by, interconnected yet distinct urban political economies and […]

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2021/10/11 – Madeleine Fairbairn “Farmland investment, environmental uncertainty, and racialized dispossession in the U.S.”

Register for free here In recent years, financial institutions have evinced a growing demand for agricultural properties. This presentation explores some of the ways in which this phenomenon is currently playing out in the U.S. First—and primarily—I will present research which examines how investors seek to “render land investible” (Li 2014) in spite of the […]

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2021/09/27 – Rex A. McKenzie “Wealth Chain Property Investment in the hinterland – evidence from the Merseyside area in the Northwest of England”

Register for free here In this paper, we estimate and evaluate the scale and impact of wealth chain investment coming from offshore jurisdictions in a deprived urban context, focusing on the purchase of real estate in the Merseyside Area in the Northwest of England. We use HM Land Registry property sales data alongside the insights […]

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