Dr Tom Gillespie

Lecturer in International Development

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I am a Lecturer in the University of Manchester's Global Development Institute. I am interested in urban inequalities and the contested politics of urban change. My research to date has focused on understanding processes of dispossession and displacement and how city dwellers resist these, and on the politics of the urban commons.

My doctoral research at the University of Leeds explored struggles over the use and control of urban space in Accra, Ghana, and addressed a range of issues including housing, land, the informal economy and urban social movements.

I am currently working on two research projects:

The first, funded by the Feminist Review Trust, involves collaborating with housing campaigners to understand lived experiences of homelessness and displacement in post-Olympics East London.

The second, funded by the British Academy and Leverhulme, explores how transnational investment in real estate is transforming the built environment in Accra. In the process, it seeks to understand to what extent gentrification theory, traditionally associated with cities in the global North, can be useful for understanding contemporary processes of change in an African city.

My non-academic writing includes articles for The Guardian, Metropolitics and Novara Media.


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