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A Stroll Through the New Architectures of Finance on Hackney Road

When: Friday, September 22, 2023, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where: Meeting point on Hackney Road, London (TBC following registration)


Walking tour with Professor Caroline Knowles, IHSS Global Professorial Fellow

This event is a part of the IHSS Annual Symposium 2023: London’s Housing Crises and Global Capitalism events

Until recently, Hackney Road was full of wholesalers, selling luggage, bags and colourful shoes. These commercial surfaces in turn replaced small factories making rope, rubber, varnish and paint when East London was at its industrial peak. But in the last few years, the night-time economy has pushed its way east of Old Street, connecting it to the financial district south of Liverpool Street Station and new industries and upscale housing have spread along Hackney Road. This walk will explore the new rent-hiked face of Hackney Road and discover the ways in which high finance hides in plain sight among the vibes of the night and hipster ‘cool’.

About the Tour Guide

Caroline Knowles is a Global Professorial Fellow at IHSS, Queen Mary University of London. Currently the Director of the British Academy's Cities and Infrastructure programme. She has carried out research in London, Hong Kong, Beijing, Fuzhou, Addis Ababa, Kuwait City and Seoul. Knowles is the author of Serious MoneyFlip-Flop: A Journey through Globalisation's Backroads, and co-author of Hong Kong: Migrant Lives, Landscapes and Journeys.

The Organisers

IHSS Fellows Drs Jessica Sklair (Business and Management), Archie Davies (Geography) and Elsa Noterman (Geography) organised the event.

About the Event

All are welcome, but please sign up on the Eventbrite to join the event.

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