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Professor Roger Burrows delivered the 2019 Cambridge ESRC DTP Annual Lecture

The "HAVES" and the "HAVE YACHTS" Socio-Spatial Struggles in London between the 'Merely Wealthy' and the 'Super-Rich'

On Tuesday 7 May Professor Roger Burrows delivered the Cambridge ESRC DTP Annual Lecture.

Lecture Synopsis

In the decade between 2007 and 2017 London changed fundamentally. This lecture was about how the actions of the transnational uber-wealthy — the ‘have yachts’ — impinged on the life-worlds of the ‘merely wealthy’, — ‘the haves.’ The lecture explores the conceptual utility of gentrification as a way of thinking about these seismic urban changes, and concludes that profound socio- spatial changes and new intensities in the financialization of housing, neighbourhood tensions, and cultural dislocations are reshaping London as a plutocratic city and the lives of those who live there in historically unprecedented ways. The concept of ‘super-gentrification’, then it is argued, does not adequately frame these circumstances.

published on: 13 May 2019