Event: Dr Alex Apsan Frediani on ‘Reclaiming Regeneration: Reflections from an Action Learning Initiative in Inner São Paulo’

We are delighted to announce our Autumn Term Seminar on ‘Reclaiming Regeneration: Reflections from an Action Learning Initiative in Inner São Paulo’  – please see the details below. As usual, there will then be a wine reception to follow!
Autumn Term – Student Consultative Group Seminar
Time and Date: 6-8pm, Wine reception to follow, Tuesday 2nd December
Venue: Room 305, Bedford Way Building, 26 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0DS
Speaker: Dr Alex Apsan Frediani, Bartlett Development Planning Unit
Title: Reclaiming Regeneration: Reflections from an Action Learning Initiative in Inner São Paulo
Speaker: Dr Alex Apsan Frediani
Dr Alex Apsan Frediani is a Lecturer at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit specialising in squatter settlement upgrading policies and participatory approaches to development. Areas of expertise include human development, housing, urban development, participation and Amartya Sen’s Capability Approach.
Theme: Reflections from an Action Learning Initiative in Inner São Paulo
This session will be exploring how far can the concept of urban regeneration be reclaimed to produce more socially just spatial interventions in inner city areas. The reflections are based on a 4-weeks action learning initiative that took place this summer in São Paulo exploring the practices of occupation of a vacant building by the housing social movement MMPT (Movimento de Moradia para Todos – Housing for All Movement). This initiative took place in partnership with the University of Sheffield as well as UFABC (Unviversidade Federal do ABC, São Paulo). The session will explore both the participatory methodologies as well as some of the findings in relation to the definition and practice of urban regeneration.

Please RSVP: oliver.marsh.13@ucl.ac.uk

Blindfoldedly Feeling an E-lephant: Why studying the internet has got me all confused


Good afternoon, Internet.

And in that greeting lies my current problems.  What exactly goes on in the internet?  What are all those people doing with it? Who are you, internet user? How did you get here? Why are you looking at my stuff?  And what are you going to do with it afterwards, you sick freak?

Basically, as part of my research into online science-themed social networks, I’ve been making tentative steps into sociology of the internet.  Which, you may be surprised to hear, is a RATHER LARGE TOPIC.  There’s also rather a lot of people writing about it.1 Some of this lot suggest that, when you consider the history of mass communication, everything about the internet is just old news.  Sometimes they have a point, particularly when countering naysaying claims that the internet heralds the corruption of youth and the end of humanity.1   My favourite example of…

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