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Loretta Lees

University of Leicester
Professor of Human Geography
London, UK
Loretta Lees is Professor of Human Geography in the School of Geography, Geology and the Environment, University of Leicester, UK. Previously she was a Professor in Human Geography and Chair of the Cities Research Group at King’s College London (1997-2013). She is a foremost scholar on gentrification and its impacts, with research expertise in gentrification/urban regeneration, global urbanism, urban policy, urban public space, urban communities, architecture, and  urban social theory. She has published 12 books including key texts on gentrification such as Planetary Gentrification (Polity Press, Cambridge, 2016), Global Gentrifications: uneven development and displacement (Policy Press, Bristol, 2015); Mixed Communities: gentrification by stealth? (Policy Press, Bristol, 2011) and Gentrification(Routledge, 2008). She is co-organiser of The Urban Salon: A London forum for architecture, cities and international urbanism(theurbansalon.org). In 2012 she won the Antipode Activist Scholar Award 2012 for ‘Challenging ”the New Urban Renewal”: gathering the tools necessary to halt the social cleansing of council estates and developing community-led alternatives for sustaining existing communities’. She is currently continuing this work through a large ESRC grant on gentrification and displacement in London.