Dr Tom Gillespie

Hallsworth Research Fellow

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I am a geographer interested in urban inequalities and the politics of urban development. My research addresses a range of interrelated issues including urban governance, social movements, housing, land and finance.

My research to date has sought to understand how capitalist urban development creates unequal cities through the enclosure of urban space and the dispossession of low-income city dwellers. This research also explores how these same city dwellers take collective action to contest processes of dispossession and defend their access to urban space.

My current research seeks to develop a comparative analysis of the impacts of transnational real estate investment on land use and housing inequalities in both the global North and South. 

My research has been funded by the British Academy with Leverhulme and the Feminist Review Trust, and has been published in journals such as Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers and Urban Geography.

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