The author of this blog is Rowland Atkinson (@qurbanist), I work around ‘inclusive societies’ (bear with me!) at the University of Sheffield. My background is as a researcher who has worked around a wide range of issues and problems, most but not all, urban in nature. I’ve been interested in gentrification and displacement, area/poverty effects, gated communities, fortress homes, public housing, the wealthy and super-rich zones of cities and urban noise. If there is a common theme here it is trying to problematise and understand more about what are often under-examined problems (my PhD looked at ways of trying to measure how much displacement occured in Greater London from the impact of gentrification). I am also very keen to explore ways of conceptually and empirically connecting wider social outcomes for the excluded and poor (inequality, city success and so on) to the ways in which the choices and actions wealthier inhabitants make things worse for the less well-off. One example of this would be the exit of middle-class residents from areas that may create more concentrated areas of poverty, or the vilification of the poor by political elites.
On this blog I shall cull notes and ideas from my ongoing research in the hope that like-minded researchers, activists and the generally interested find something of interest.
You can find out more about my work at the following spaces:
- Scholar profile
- My university web profile
- My personal website
- Academia.edu profile
- My twitter handle is: @qurbanist