Professorial Inaugural Lecture: 'Comparative urbanism, urban policy and public engagement'

Series Name Professorial Inaugural Lecture
Speaker Professor Loretta Lees, Department of Geography
Type Lectures & Talks
When 30 Sep 2014, 05:30PM - 06:30PM
Venue Ken Edwards Building, Lecture Theatre 1
Open To Public
Ticket Price Free
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Summarising her lecture, Professor Lees said: "This inaugural lecture divides my career into three parts - comparative urbanism, urban policy and public engagement – and discusses the development of my interests and research in each of these. I finish with some comments on why I chose to move to Leicester’s geography department and on the context of challenging changes in higher education."


Professor Loretta Lees (FAcSS, FRSA) took up a Chair in Human Geography and became the Director of Research in the Department of Geography, University of Leicester, in September 2013. Before that she was a Chair in Human Geography (2008-) and Chair of the Cities Research Group (2010-12) at King's College London. Other previous positions include Post-doctoral Fellow in Geography (1995-1997) University of British Columbia, Canada, and Visiting Lecturer in Geography (1994-1995) University of Waikato, New Zealand. She was awarded her PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 1994. Loretta is an urban geographer with an international reputation for research on urban regeneration/gentrification, global urbanism, urban policy, urban public space, architecture and urban social theory. She is the author/editor of 10 books (including Global Gentrifications and Comparative Urbanisms written with Hyun Shin and Ernesto Lopez, to be published by Polity Press Cambridge as the launch text in their new cities series; and Gentrification written with Tom Slater and Elvin Wyly published by Routledge in 2008); 1 handbook (An Anti-Gentrification Toolkit for Council Tenants in London written with The London Tenants Federation, Just Space and SNAG); 6 journal special issues, and over 40 peer reviewed journal articles. She sits on numerous editorial boards. Loretta has been very active in public engagement, especially around urban policy issues, and in recognition of this in 2013 she was an invited guest speaker at the inaugural of the GLA's new Regeneration Committee.

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