In cities across the world housing systems are undergoing immense change. Homes are increasingly being transformed into financial assets. Housing prices are exploding. Rents continue to climb. On Wednesday February 23 we welcome renowned sociologist David Madden (London School of Economics), urban geographer Cody Hochstenbach (University of Amsterdam) and criminologist and activist Gwen van Eijk (Right to the City, HousingRevolt) for a public talk on the structural causes of the housing crisis, it’s impact upon households, communities and urban life, and what can we do to turn the tide.
Cody Hochstenbach is a postdoctoral researcher in Urban Geography at the University of Amsterdam. His work tackles the politics of the current housing crisis. In 2019, he received a research grant from the Dutch Research Council to study the impact of landlords on social inequalities. His latest book Uitgewoond: waarom het tijd is voor een nieuwe woonpolitiek was published in February of 2022 with Das Mag.
David Madden is Associate Professor in Sociology and Co-Director of the Cities Programme at the London School of Economics. His research interests include housing, public space, urban restructuring, and critical urban theory. He is co-author, with Peter Marcuse, of In Defense of Housing: The politics of crisis (Verso, 2016). His writing has appeared in leading urban sociology journals as well as The Guardian, the Washington Post, and Jacobin.
Gwen van Eijk
Gwen van Eijk is a criminologist and urban sociologist. In her work she focusses on social inequality in urban policy and criminal justice. In 2021 she was co-founder of ‘Recht op de Stad’ (Right to the City), an initiative committed to a better and fair housing policy in Rotterdam, and co-organiser of the protest ‘Woonopstand’ (Housing Revolt).
Marianne Klerk is a historian and programme curator. Working on the intersection of academia and the public debate, Marianne researches, curates debates and publishes on a variety of social and political topics, ranging from cultural heritage to neoliberalism. She is a senior lecturer in humanities at the Erasmus University College and a fellow at Debatpodium Arminius in Rotterdam. Currently, she is writing a book on the history of gentrification, titled ‘Stadtschmerz in tijden van gentrificatie’ (Boom uitgevers).