Uppsala Lecture in Housing and Urban Research

IBF organizes Uppsala Lecture in Housing and Urban Research evey year. The lecture is held by an internationally leading scholar in housing and urban research.

19 May at 15.00: Leah Platt Boustan

Digital Lecture: Streets of gold: The role of geography in immigrant assimilation in the United States

Leah Platt Boustan, professor of Economics at Princeton University, will hold the tenth Uppsala Lecture in Housing and Urban Research. Due to the Corona pandemic, the lecture Streets of gold will be held as a digital event via Zoom. Please pre-register via the link below.


About the Lecture

The United States has absorbed two major waves of immigration: one in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, and one today. We document a similar pattern of immigrant assimilation in both periods, whereby the first generation do not completely converge with the earnings of the US-born, but their children do. Location choice plays an important role: immigrants move to states and urban areas that offer opportunities for advancement for themselves and their children. Settling in an immigrant enclave can delay assimilation, but this effect is overwhelmed by the strong tendency of immigrants to move to highly mobile areas.

About Leah Platt Boustan

Leah Platt Boustan is a Professor of Economics at Princeton University, where she is the incoming Director of the Industrial Relations Section. She also co-directs the Development of the American Economy Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and serves as co-editor at the Journal of Urban Economics. Professor Platt Boustan was honored to win the IZA Young Labor Economist Award in 2019.

Portrait photo of Leah Boustan
  • Karl Schlögel part 1

  • Karl Schlögel part 2

  • Karl Schlögel part 3

  • David Harvey part 1

  • David Harvey part 2

  • Li Zhang part 1

  • Li Zhang part 2

  • Edward Glaeser part 1

  • Edward Glaeser part 2

  • Gerry Stoker

  • Sharon Zukin part 1

  • Sharon Zukin part 2

  • Loïc Wacquant part 1

  • Loïc Wacquant part 2

About Uppsala Lecture in Housing and Urban Research

Uppsala Lecture in Housing and Urban Research is awarded to internationally leading researchers in residential and urban research.

With Uppsala Lecture in Housing and Urban Research, IBF wishes to make visible and stimulate housing and urban research of the highest quality - locally, nationally and internationally.

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Our lecturers
  • has substantially contributed to / changed research within the IBF area in a way that has academic relevance beyond the empirical scope
  • are both well-established in the field and are conducting strong research
  • produces current, challenging and society-relevant research that is of public and broad interest

IX: Raquel Rolnik (2019)

"Urban Warfare – Housing under the empire of finance"

The ninth Uppsala Lecture was held by the previous UN Special Rapporteur Raquel Rolnik, Professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo.

Raquel Rolnik is a professor, architect and urban planner, with over 35 years of scholarship, activism and practical experience in planning, urban land policy and housing issues. She is a professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo. From May 2008, Professor Raquel Rolnik was appointed by the UN Human Rights Council as UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing for a six-year mandate, ending June 2014. She is the author of several books, including “Urban warfare: housing and cities in the age of finance”.

  • Portrait photo of Raquel Rolnik
  • Uppsala Lecture with audience
  • Group photo Rolnik and tenants in Gränby

VIII: Karl Schlögel (2018)

"How to Read East European Cities- Bringing back space into history"

2018 years lecturer is Professor Karl Schlögel whose research focuses on urban development and spatial aspects of historical change in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

Karl Schlögel is a historian and essayist, Professor Emeritus of the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany and lives in Berlin.

His research focuses on urban development and spatial aspects of historical change in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. His many books explore Moscow, Berlin and St Petersburg. He won the European Charles Veillon essay prize in 1990, the prize of the Historisches Kolleg Munich in 2016, and the Leipzig Book Fair Prize for non-fiction in 2018.

VII: David Harvey (2017)

"Visualizing Capital"

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) and is a world leading theorist in the urban studies field. 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 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.”

David Harvey has a has a long standing relation with Uppsala University as he was a post-doctoral fellow here from 1960 to 1961 and became an Honorary Doctorate of the university in 2000.

VI: Li Zhang (2016)

"Battles Over Green Space: Land Disputes, Rights Activism, and Emerging Publics in Urban China"

Li Zhang is Professor of Anthropology and Interim Dean of the Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, Davis. Her research concerns the social, political, and cultural repercussions of market reform and socialist transformations in contemporary China.


China’s urban reforms have generated new forms of tensions and contradictions between different social sectors, while engendering a nascent form of urban publics. This talk examines the widespread urban land disputes between real estate developers and residents, and explores the nature of such emerging urban activism and the reconfiguration of postsocialist power relations and popular politics.

V: Edward Glaeser (2015)

"The Urban Century – An Urban World"

Edward Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.

His research is in many respects pioneer work when it comes to a greater understanding of housing bubbles for example. He has launched several theories in the fields of settlement, pricing and poverty.


Despite the rise of new technologies that enable long distance connectivity, humanity has become an increasingly urban species. Why have cities remained so vital? What are the greatest urban challenges and how can the cities of the developing world become more humane?

IV: Gerry Stoker (2014)

"Challenging Democratic Myopia: Decentralised decision-making and citizen participation"

Professor Gerry Stoker is Professor of Governance within Social Sciences: Politics & International Relations and Professor of Politics and Governance at the University of Southampton, UK. He is also Centenary Research Professor at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra, Australia.

II: Loïc Wacquant (2012)

"Paradoxes of ghettoization"

Loïc Wacquant is a professor of Sociology at the University of California at Berkeley. He is also a researcher at the Centre de européen de sociologie et de science politique in Paris.

I: Susan J. Smith (2010)

"The crisis of residential capitalism: a tale of three markets and four visions"

The first Uppsala Lecture in Housing and Urban Research was held by Susan J. Smith, Honorary Professor of Social and Economic Geography and The Mistress of Girton College, University of Cambridge, UK.

Unfortunately there is no footage from Susan. J. Smiths lecture.

Last modified: 2021-04-27