Geographies of Urban Displacement 1: gentrification, exclusion and the violence of un-homing

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Urban Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Washington 3, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Organizers: Philip Hubbard, Adam Elliott-Cooper
Chairs: Adam Elliott-Cooper


At the heart of debates about gentrification is the question of displacement and whether regeneration or neighbourhood uplift is inevitably associated with forms of un-homing that detrimentally affect low income or marginalized long-time residents. However, the relationship between urban gentrification and displacement is complex and disputed, even more so now that gentrification scholarship has begun to open up to its temporalities and contextualities in cities around the world. Post-colonial perspectives and those that focus on questions of race offer fresh perspectives on such questions, producing new insights into processes of displacement that enrich, and sometimes challenge, class-fixated accounts of urban gentrification.

In this first session we will discuss the fraught relationship between geographies of urban gentrification and geographies of displacement. We include papers that further our understanding of this relationship conceptually, theoretically, and empirically.
Papers will explore how it is possible to measure, predict and understand displacement in cities around the world. The papers have been chosen to develop dialogues on this issue which straddle the global North-South divide, recognising that ‘clearances’ of favelas or ‘slums’ etc, in the global South may have similar (or indeed different) displacement effects as the redevelopment of stigmatised working class neighbourhoods in the global North.

Session convened by Adam Elliot Cooper (KCL), Phil Hubbard (KCL) and Loretta Lees (Leicester)


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Karen Chapple*, UC-Berkeley, Transcending census boundaries: Using user-generated geographic information to predict gentrification and displacement 20 1:10 PM
Presenter Brian Doucet*, University of Waterloo, The paradox of quality of life improvements: light rail transit as a catalyst of displacement in Waterloo Region 20 1:30 PM
Presenter Stefano Bloch*, University of Arizona, School of Geography & Development, Dugan Meyer, University of Arizona, School of Geography , Revanchist Injunctions: How Anti-Gang Policing Advances Displacement by Gentrification. 20 1:50 PM
Presenter Ikuno Naka*, , Speculation and expropriation in an emerging Indian city, Cochin 20 2:10 PM

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