Speaker: Saskia Sassen
Chair: Craig Calhoun
Panelists: Jean-Louis Missika, Anthony Williams
Wednesday 25 November 2015 | 18:30-20:00
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
Since 2006, over 134 million hectares of African land – roughly the size of France, Spain and Germany – has been bought by foreign investors, the region where urban growth is most expected in the next 20 years. At the same time large swathes of global cities like London, New York and Paris are owned or being developed by foreign sovereign wealth funds and international corporate investors. Saskia Sassen argues that these new and tacit patterns of ownership are having a negative impact on the ‘cityness’, vibrancy and accessibility of urban systems by cutting off parts of the city from public use. Could this form of investment and speculation in cities and buildings be causing de-urbanisation? These issues will be debated with policymakers and leaders who have been involved in reshaping the structure of urban ownership and investment.