1. 1: Geographies of Spatial Inequality (understanding the link between social and physical space) 4 items
    The first lecture will look at the importance of understanding political geography in accounting for growing levels of inequality in the world. As well as taking a global perspective we narrow out focus on the transformation of dominant forms of tenure in the UK from social housing to owner occupation and private renting, linking this to the wider macro-economic trends which have made and unmade places and thus accounting for the mixed fortunes of Britain’s urban areas. Highlighting the links between the uneven distribution of both income and housing outcomes in the UK we will explore the causes and effects of urban inequality.
    1. Suggested Reading: 4 items
  2. 2: Geographies of Abundance (mapping the geographies of the super-rich) 4 items
    The second lecture will focus on the emergence of an international global economic elite and its effects on uneven development in the world today. Focusing on the geographies of the super-rich we will examine the emergence of geographical practices which lead to a concentration of wealth from the rise of anarcho-capitalism and its crypto currencies to the offshore tax havens and secrecy jurisdictions though which half of the worlds money passes through.
    1. Suggested Reading: 4 items
  3. 3: Exploring the Links Between Spatial, Social and Economic Inequality (Why it Matters) 5 items
    One of the UN’s key sustainability objectives is to reduce inequality within and between countries. In examining the effects of inequality on global as well as local and regional scales, the third lecture asks questions such as; why do more equal societies do better and are there any policy levers which can halt the expansion of runaway inequality?
    1. Suggested Reading: 2 items
      1. The spirit level: why equality is better for everyone - Richard G. Wilkinson, Kathleen Gordon Pickett 2010


    2. Useful Websites: 3 items
  4. 4: Geographies of exclusion (understanding urban marginality) 7 items
    The fourth lecture examines contemporary issues such as spatial segregation, the rise of gated communities and gentrification, asking if the aim of sustainable communities through social mix can be achieved. Critically assessing the Neighbourhood Effects literature we examine questions such as: ‘is it worse to be poor in a poor area than to be poor in an area of social mix?’ Can communities be forged within areas of social mix or is segregation largely inevitable?
    1. Suggested Reading: 7 items
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