CRESR Seminar - Experiences of public housing estate regeneration under Private Finance Initiatives

Start date: 
Wed, 20/05/2015
Closing date: 
Wed, 20/05/2015
Sheffield Hallam University, City Campus, Stoddart Building, Room 7516
Event contact: 
Ian Wilson & Will Eadson

Time: 4.00-5.00 pm

Stuart Hodkinson - University of Leeds


Stuart will be presenting findings from a 3 year ESRC study on Public Housing Regeneration under the Private Finance Initiative. Drawing primarily on empirical evidence from London housing PFI schemes, Stuart will discuss the thorny issues of gentrification and displacement, poor contractual performance and even worse public sector compliance monitoring, the myth of risk transfer, profiteering, the Orwellian meaning of partnership, and residents harrowing lived experiences. He will argue that the use of PFI in social housing regeneration is a disturbing glimpse into a privatised future we are heading towards dominated by offshore global corporate landlords operating beyond democratic accountability and control.


Dr Stuart Hodkinson is a lecturer in critical urban geography at the University of Leeds. His research focuses on the relationship between neoliberal urban policies, social housing regeneration, public-private-partnerships and the dispossession of communities.

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