Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR) Seminar Series


CUCR is a well established interdisciplinary research centre within Goldsmiths' Department of Sociology with a distinguished history of collaboration with local communities and activists.

Podcasts in this series

The margins of Brazilian development: notes on 'crime' in the outskirts of Sao Paulo.

Gabriel Feltran

Brazil is currently undergoing a major transformation largely due to the economic development it has experienced over the last decade. On the one hand, unemployment rates of the “new global player” reached the lowest level in history in 2013, less than 4%. on the other hand, such a scenario expresses renewed levels of social conflict, increasing criminal violence and incarceration. Based on ethnographic fieldwork which has been conducted since 2005 in the outskirts of Sao Paulo, the exposition presents a panorama of transformations in poor Brazilian neighborhoods and favelas from the 1970's until today. This overview gives empirical ground for a reflection on Brazilian development and its margins, focusing on both social conflict and social legitimacy that nowadays emerges from “crime”, or the “criminal world”, in urban outskirts.

Mon, 09 Jun 14 2

Visual images of neighbourhoods – how reliably can they predict who lives where?

Richard Webber

The originator of the Mosaic and Acorn neighbourhood classifications, Richard Webber is associated with the use of “commercial sociology” and “big data” as alternatives source of evidence in the social sciences to the traditional research questionnaire. Geodemographic classifications such as Mosaic and Acorn associate each postcode with categories such as “New Urban Colonists”, “Rustbelt Resilience” or “Summer Playgrounds” based on the demographics of their residents. He is also visiting professor in the geography department at Kings College London.

Mon, 03 Mar 14 0

Frontstaging the urban backstage? The politics of infrastructure disruptions

Steve Graham

Stephen Graham is Professor of Cities and Society at Newcastle University's School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape. His research addresses the complex links between urban places and mobilities, infrastructures, militarization, survieillance, security and war. His books include 'Telecommunications and the City', 'Splintering Urbanism' (both with Simon Marvin), 'Disrupted Cities: When Infrastructures Fail' and 'Cities Under Siege: The New Military Urbanism'. His next book, "Vertical: The Politics of Up and Down' (Verso) is currently in preparation.

Mon, 03 Mar 14 0