CRESR Seminar - The neighbourhood life of London’s alpha territories: the impacts of the super-rich

Start date: 
Tue, 22/11/2016
Closing date: 
Tue, 22/11/2016
Sheffield Hallam University, City Campus, Stoddart Building, Room 7332
Event contact: 
Ian Wilson & Will Eadson

Time: 4.00-5.00 pm

Rowland Atkinson, University of Sheffield


In this presentation I want to consider some of the wider ramifications of the concentration of wealth and the wealthy. More specifically, how does wealth condensation in a particular city and particular neighbourhoods act as an expression of raw money power and what are some of the effects of this power. The paper considers how a massive concentration of such power affects the city’s political life, municipal and shared resources and social equity. The main argument here is that objectives of city success have come to be identified and aligned with the presence of wealth elites while wider goals, of access to essential resources for citizens, have withered. A diverse national and global wealth-elite is drawn to a city with an almost unique cultural infrastructure, fiscal regime and ushering butler class of politicians who guide wealth into this milieu. How is London being (re)made for money and the monied – in physical, political and cultural terms and what might ‘we’ do about these challenges?


Rowland is Research Chair in Inclusive Societies at the University of Sheffield. His works focuses on social inclusion, urban life, disorder and segregation with a particular focus on reworking questions of disadvantage to include upper-income groups in the search for the roots of social problems. His early research focused on the measurement of area effects upon poor residents living in poor and more mixed urban neighbourhoods. He then worked in the UK and Australia on research on gated communities, gentrification, the role of public housing and social mix policies. His current research includes an ESRC grant to examine neighbourhood life in the wealthiest areas of London. He has a personal blog at:

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