CeASR Seminar- Safe as Houses? Private Greed, Political Negligence and Housing Policy after Grenfell
Speaker:Dr Stuart Hodkinson, Associate Professor in Geography, University of Leeds.
In this talk, Stuart will draw from his new book, presenting an original analysis of why Grenfell happened and how it could easily happen again, weaving together stories from different regeneration schemes to show a terrifying pattern in which the initial promise of better quality housing melts away, leaving residents to grapple with unsafe work, higher rents and service charges, and a united front of local authority landlords and their private contractors determined to ignore, deflect, and even silence those who speak out. Stuart has worked for over a decade with residents’ groups in different cities, documenting their shocking regeneration experiences at the hands of private companies allowed to self-regulate on quality in lucrative, taxpayer-funded contracts.