Public Lecture: The Colonisation of Cities and Housing by Global Finance by Professor Raquel Rolnik

The Norwegian Centre for Human Rights – with UiO Faculty of Law’s Sustainable Development and Human Rights research group, and Social Science and Law Forum, and the Norwegian Institute of Urban and Regional Research at Oslo Met, and the Norwegian Latin America Research Network, invite you to this public lecture by former UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing.

Raquel Rolnik, photo: OHCHR

With over half of humankind now living in them, cities have emerged as increasingly powerful political and economic centres. For all their vitality and dynamism, however, cities are also characterised by stark new divides and new borderlands of inclusion and exclusion. Whether in Oslo, São Paulo, or Nairobi, a common global trend is the enhanced ‘gentrification’ of urban centres, for example, and the (often forced) relocation of many other residents to privately built units on the periphery of cities.
In her lecture, Prof. Raquel Rolnik (Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, University of São Paulo) will draw on her global experiences from six years as UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, as well as her recent book: War of Places: The Colonization of Land and Housing in the Financial Era to pose some explanations for these trends, in asking:

  • What are some of the key drivers re-making the urban landscape?
  • What is the role of law, human rights and planning in mitigating and in contributing to these impacts upon our cities?

Rolnik identifies the role played by a new urban complex dominated by what is termed ‘financial hegemony’ that is turning housing across the global north and south from homes instead into commodities and investment opportunities. Though attractive to many governments, these dynamics pose considerable challenges to residents, not least especially, to settlements occupying land characterized as stuck in ‘legal limbo’.


For questions about the lecture contact: Peris Jones

We serve a light lunch, please register below:

Published Jan. 24, 2018 9:58 AM - Last modified Jan. 24, 2018 4:13 PM