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London, People and Politics with Kate Osamor, MP for Edmonton

Date: Friday 15th April 2016
Time: 5 - 7pm
Venue: University Square Stratford* (US4.15)
From Yallahs Bay, Jamaica to Ilford, Essex – memory, migration and place in Long Time, No See

Date: Thursday 24th March 2016
Time: 5 - 7pm
Venue: University Square Stratford
Hannah is a successful novelist and poet who grew up in Ilford and graduated with an MA degree in Refugee Studies from the University of East London. At this seminar she introduces her memoir Long time No See, published in July 2015 by Periscope and which was BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week:
Long time No See explores Hannah’s relationship with her father Chick, a half-Chinese, half-black Jamaican immigrant who worked long hours at night to support his family - except Chick was no ordinary working man. A legendary gambler, he would vanish into the shadows of East London to win at cards or dice, returning during the daylight hours to greet the daughter whose love and respect he courted. Long time No See also reconstructs his early difficult life with his Chinese father, drawing on a notebook he wrote, found after his death.

Hannah Lowe is a novelist and poet and has won several awards. She was chosen for the Poetry Book Society’s Next Generation poets list 2014. Her work was included in the anthologies Lung Jazz: The Oxfam Anthology of Poetry 2012 (Cinnamon Press 2012) and Out of Bounds: British Black and Asian Poets (Bloodaxe, 2012).
The Rialto published Hannah’s pamphlet The Hitcher (2012). Her first full poetry collection, Chick, centred around poems about her father, was published by Bloodaxe in 2013 and has been awarded with the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize 2015. This was followed by a chapbook, Ormonde, a cycle of poems and archive material about the SS Ormonde which carried migrants from Jamaica to Liverpool in 1947. 
Debating the London 2012 Olympic Legacy: Implications for Future Olympic Cities

Saturday 12th December 2015, 10.30am - 4pm, University Square Stratford

10.30 arrive, register, coffee

[optional tour of the Olympic Park from 9:30 – contact organiser]

11.00 – Welcome from Gavin Poynter (Chair of London Legacy Group)

11.10 – IOC Keynote: Michelle Lemaitre, Head of Sustainability and Olympic Legacy, International Olympic Committee: ‘Passing experience and practice from city to city’

11.35 – LLG keynote: Richard Sumray, formerly Chief Executive London International Sport and consultant to LOCOG: ‘London 2012: inception to legacy’

12.00 – Professor Allan Brimicombe (Centre for Geo-Information Studies, UEL): ‘KeyConclusions from the London Olympic Games Impact Studies’

12.20-13.00 – open discussion

13.00-14.00 - lunch and networking

14.00-14.10 – Introduction to the Themed Sessions on Legacy John Lock (London Legacy Group, formerly Head, London 2012 Office, UEL)

14.10-15.15 – Themed Sessions (running parallel)

Session One: Social and Cultural Legacy - volunteering, culture, sport, health, park themes (Panel Chair : David Powell, London Legacy Group)

Session Two: Planning, Regeneration and Infrastructure – master-planning, management, sustainability (Panel Chair: Joanne Rowelle, ARUP)

Session Three: Governance and Impact - governance, SPVs, economics, jobs, evaluation (Panel Chair: Liz Fenton, Convergence Advisor, Growth Boroughs Unit)

15.15-16.00 Concluding Plenary: Chair: Gavin Poynter (Chair, London Legacy Group) contributions from Chairs of Themed sessions, responses from participants, keynote speakers and final comment from John Lock.

16.00 - Tea / networking

Reflections on London Docklands Thirty Years on - Penny Bernstock in conversation with Sue Brownill and Ralph Ward
Thursday 12th November 2015, 6 – 8pm, University Square Stratford

The regeneration of London Docklands is perhaps one of the largest Regeneration projects in Europe. It is associated both with success in terms of physical transformation and failure in terms of transforming the lives of existing residents. It is simultaneously a model for both how and how not to do development. Thirty years on it is interesting to revisit this project to evaluate the approach applied and lessons learned. What was the impact of over-riding local forms of governance and accountability and establishing a single regeneration agency? Why have unemployment levels remained persistently high? Was this really a market led approach to regeneration? What has been the impact on housing and housing need? Whilst critiquing the approach applied at London Docklands how different is this from contemporary approaches to regeneration? What are the alternatives? 

Sue Brownill is a Reader in Urban Policy and Governance at the School of the Built Environment Oxford Brookes University where she specialises in research on participation, urban regeneration and housing. Sue’s experience combines community engagement, research and policy. During the 1980s she worked for the Docklands Forum, a broad based community group which worked to get local voices heard and local needs met in regeneration. Her book’ London Docklands; Another great Planning Disaster’ was published in 1993. Since then she has continued to write extensively about the area and to carry out related research. Her Docklands; Looking Backwards, Looking Forwards British Academy project in 2010 brought together bringing together past and present participants to discuss Docklands regeneration. She has also undertaken research on the Thames Gateway for ODPM, Olympic venues for the GLA, is currently advising DCLG on neighbourhood planning and continues to work with community groups engaged in planning and regeneration. Most recently she has just completed a project for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on affordable housing and planning obligations with colleagues at the Centre for East London Studies.

Ralph Ward has been a Visiting Professor at the Centre for East London Studies at the University of East London for the past three years. This followed his retirement as a professional town planner, working on strategic development projects, economic development and urban regeneration in London for over 20 years. For the last ten years he worked in central Government, in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Department of Communities and Local Government, initially as the principal strategist on the Thames Gateway and subsequently as planning and regeneration advisor for the Olympics and east London Olympic legacy. Before that he worked for the Mayor of London at the London Development Agency and drafted the first Mayoral London Economic Strategy in 2001. During the 1990's he first led the Isle of Dogs planning and design team, for London Dockland Development Corporation, and then moved to the Government Office for London as part of the London Development Unit, which oversaw London development strategy and regeneration policy before the arrival of the Mayor, and formed the foundations of what became the Mayor’s London Plan. In addition to contributions to the programme of publications and lectures undertaken by UEL, he is also working as adviser to UK Regeneration, an innovative developer specialising in build-to-rent managed housing projects across the UK, and has set up a venture called London Urban Visits which provides informed briefing on London development issues. 

London's Turning: The Post Olympic Legacy - dream or reality?

Saturday 24th October 2015, 10am - 5.30pm, USS Campus

A day conference organised by the LivingMaps Network in association with the Centre for East London Studies UEL and Birkbeck College, examining the impact of change on East London’s communities since 2012 and bringing together researchers and policy makers, writers, artists, and representatives of local communities to discuss key issues of regeneration and legacy.
Refugees and the city

Tuesday 20th October 2015, 6 - 8pm, USS Campus

In recent weeks the issue of refugees have once again become a widely debated topic. For almost 400 years Britain has been a sanctuary for people forced to flee wars and crises. Since Huguenot refugees escaped France in the 17th century to settle in Spitalfields, East London, the city has been a place of refuge for generations of displaced people, many have been accepted - some have been rejected. How has London responded to the needs of forced migrants? What has been the impact on the city? This lecture discusses refugees past and present. It addresses Europe’s current refugee crisis and the implications for migration to the UK and for London and its communities.

About the Speakers

Jeff Crisp is research associate at the Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford University. He was Head of Policy Development and Evaluation at the UNHCR, Director for Policy and Advocacy at Refugees International, and Director of Policy and Research at the Global Commission on International Migration. His book Asylum, migration and humanitarian action collects many of his key publications on refugee issues.

Philip Marfleet is Professor of Migration and Refugee Studies at UEL. He has written extensively on refugee histories and on urban refugees. His book Refugees in a Global Era examines forced migration and refugee policies in the 21st century.


Empire and the Making of East London

Wednesday 15 July 2015, 6pm, University Stratford Square

We would like to invite you to the inaugural lecture of the Centre for East London Studies. This is the first of a number of lectures/seminars that will explore East London, past, present and future.

Speaker: Professor John Marriott

Author of Beyond the Tower: a History of East London

Professor Marriott surveys the role of British imperial endeavour in the development of East London as a commercial and industrial centre of global importance, exploring the lasting influence of the slave trade and the East India Company on the social and economic landscape of London’s riverside hinterland. 

John Marriott is Emeritus Professor of History, University of East London, and Senior Research Associate, Pembroke College, University of Oxford. He has a long-standing interest in the relationship between metropolis and empire and has published widely on East London. Beyond the Tower: a History of East London was published by Yale University Press in 2011. John Marriott is currently working on a study of the origins of colonial land reform.

This is an inaugural lecture of the Centre for East London Studies (CELS - formerly the London East Research Institute). CELS a research centre located within the School of Social Sciences at the University of East London. We aim to stimulate debate about the changing nature of East London and its place in the world. We are pleased to announce this talk as the first in a series of lectures and talks intended to explore East London past, present and future.

Wednesday 2 July 2014 - New ways to map, assess and understand value in place-making

Speakers: Prof Allan Brimicombe, Head of the Centre for Geo-Information Studies, UEL; and Roland Karthaus, an architect and urbanist who runs Karthaus Design and is also a Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, UEL

Chair: Kathryn Firth, Chief of Design, London Legacy Development Corporation

The extent of redevelopment in east London is huge – regeneration at this scale is not only about creating new local opportunity, but about large-scale replacement of land uses which may in many cases work to quite different and therefore challenging economic, social, technological, cultural and political drivers.  In either sense, regeneration and by definition Legacy is place-making - indeed city-making – on a personal and on a strategic scale.

Conventional planning doesn’t really help policymakers, developers, service providers, residents, businesses and other interested parties understand how a recreated place is evolving and whether it is working.  It acts to condition the start of developments, but is less well-placed to take an evidence-based view of cumulative outcomes, interactions between developments, and how people and organisations use places, or don’t - in other words, to judge the effectiveness of Legacy over time.

The speakers will review innovative methods of creating additional insight into place-making, the evolution of existing districts under development pressure and the emergence of new areas of city.

Book launch and seminar Sept 2014 of Penny Bernstock’s new book  Olympic Housing: A Critical Review
12th June 2014 – Backcasting workshop ‘Affordable housing and Planning gain in London’ JRF
In March 2013 we hosted a seminar as part of the Living Maps series ‘Marginalised Bodies, Occupying Living Space’. Speakers included Rob Imrie
Olympic Legacies: International Conference Sept 2013
LERI has also been collaborating with the LDDC over the last two years to provide a series of public seminars on London 'After 2012'. The most recent being:
Capturing value from development

Wednesday 21st May

Speakers: Prof Gavin Poynter, Anna Minton

Anna Minton is a writer, journalist and researcher. She is the author of Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the 21st Century City', published by Penguin and she is a Reader in Architecture at the University of East London. She is a contributor to The Guardian and The Financial Times and a regular conference speaker, speaking to a variety of audiences from art biennales to the police.

Gavin Poynter is a member of London East Research Institute (LERI) and, until his recent retirement, was Professor of Social Sciences at the University of East London. He has widely published on ‘London 2012’, the economics of the service industries and urban regeneration. He published (with Prof I. MacRury) ‘Olympic Cities and the remaking of London’ (Ashgate Press, September 2009) and ‘London After Recession’ (Ashgate Press 2013, with co-editors, Iain MacRury and Andrew Calcutt).

Chair: John Lock, Chair, Partnership Board, Sir Ludwig Guttman Health & Wellbeing Centre

This seminar will look at the question of ‘value capture’ and at whether policy could do more to ensure flows of benefit from Legacy go where they are needed to ensure regeneration works for all and not least the most disadvantaged.

Rising land value exerts development pressure.  In east London, with large areas of developable land released close to London’s core next to excellent transport, pressure in terms of change of use - and therefore change of place and impact on community – is considerable. That pressure is exerted not just in terms of vacant land, but under-utilised land in terms of what could be put there.

Without development, formerly derelict land will not be brought back into use. So it is a given that development is required – of some kind. Since the 1980s there has been no significant prospect that the public sector would seek to do this mainly through direct ownership and investment of exclusively public capital. Austerity only reinforces that.  So it is also a given that much development will be by a private sector wanting return on investment.

Assuming therefore a context of development, and outcomes which will be the result of interactions between planning and other policy and the market, the key question is:  if new value is created by Legacy, who benefits? Who gets soft assets like work and hard assets like land?

Existing planning mechanisms for ‘taxing’ development, s106 and now the community infrastructure levy, do so at commencement of development. After that, policy often goes quiet about where value is going and whether the interactions which define its allocation are ‘fair’ in a general sense and whether value stays local or is recycled elsewhere.

UEL Seminar Series - ‘Beyond 2012′

Beyond 2012: the Olympics and the Regeneration of East London

The London East Research Institute and the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), Stratford, London have been organising this seminar series.

The aim of the seminars is to create a knowledge platform that may inform the longer term social, economic and cultural development of the area. The seminars will discuss and debate the issues arising in the shaping of place in one of the world’s leading global cities.

The seminars address a series of questions, including: Are there any broader, longer term plans for East London to maximise the Olympic contribution to the city’s expansion eastwards? What else is happening, or should be happening, to deliver the better quality of life to local residents? Who is responsible for drawing up and managing such a plan? What roles should the public and private sectors and international investors play in the expansion of the city eastwards?