Uppsala Lecture in Housing and Urban Research

The seventh Uppsala Lecture in Housing and Urban Research was held by David Harvey, a Distinguished Professor of Anthropology & Geography. The public Lecture "Visualizing Capital" at Uppsala Castle was attended by 500 people.

Films from the lecture

Public Lecture: Visualizing Capital


About David Harvey

David Harvey (born October 31, 1935) is a Distinguished Professor of Anthropology & Geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). He is the author of twenty-six books, and his recent online lectures on Marx’s Capital have had millions of viewers worldwide.

David Harvey’s main research interest concerns the history and geography of capitalist development. In the 1970s and 1980s, through publications like Social Justice and the City (1973), The Limits to Capital (1982), and The Urban Experience (1989), Harvey produced groundbreaking research on relations between cities, urbanization, the built environment, and capital accumulation.

The Condition of Postmodernity from 1989 became close to a bestseller. In it, Harvey investigates the transformation from Fordism to post-Fordism within the global economy, connecting this to urbanism and questions of culture. From the 1990s to the present, Harvey has also written on dialectics and human relations with nature (Justice, Nature and the Geography of Difference, 1996), imperialism and neoliberalism (The New Imperialism, 2003 and A Brief History of Neoliberalism, 2005), and economic crises and the 2008 crisis in particular (The Enigma of Capital, 2010).

Among his more recent books, we must mention his two Companions to Marx’s Capital (2010 and 2013), Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution (2012), and Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (2014).

David Harvey is among the most influential social scientists of his generation. He is currently the world’s most prominent Marxist and is a strong proponent of the idea of “the right to the city.” He was a post-doctoral fellow at Uppsala University from 1960 to 1961 and became an Honorary Doctorate of the university in 2000.

About the Uppsala Lecture in Housing and Urban Research

Since 2010 IBF arranges the Uppsala Lecture in Housing and Urban Research on a yearly basis. The lecture is held by a internationally leading researcher within the field of housing- and urban studies.