Tim Butler

Kings College London


He is sociologist, Professor at Kings College London. He has edited two collections on the regeneration of East London, a collection on the middle classes (with Mike Savage) and also most recently (with Gary Bridge and Loretta Lees Mixed Communities: Gentrification by Stealth). He chaired the editorial board of the journal Sociology from 2001-04. In 2005 he was invited to Sciences Po as a visiting professor and returned there as the Vincent Wright Professor in 2011 for a semester. He is currently on the editorial board of the International Journal of Urban and Rural Research (IJURR). Before joining King’s College London, he was Professor of Urban Sociology at the University of East London.

He is sociologist, Professor at Kings College London.

Julio Dávila

University College London


Julio is Professor of Urban Policy and International Development and Director of the Development Planning Unit, a research and postgraduate teaching department in University College London (UCL). He has over 25 years’ experience in over a dozen countries in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He worked at the International Institute for Environment and Development (London and Buenos Aires), and at the Colombian Government’s National Planning Department. Much of his research work focuses on the role of local government in progressive social and political transformation in developing countries; the governance dimensions of urban and peri-urban infrastructure, especially public transport, and water & sanitation; the intersection between planning and urban informality; and the linkages between rapid urbanisation and health. Julio’s latest book was launched at the 2014 World Urban Forum in Medellin and is entitled ‘Urban Mobility and Poverty: Lessons from Medellin and Soacha, Colombia’.

Julio is Professor of Urban Policy and International Development and Director of the Development Planning Unit, a research and postgraduate teaching department in University College London (UCL)

Jamie Peck

University of British Columbia, Canada


Jamie Peck is Canada Research Chair in Urban & Regional Political Economy and Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia, Canada. He is the Managing Editor of Environment and Planning A and the convenor of the Summer Institute in Economic Geography. The recipient of Guggenheim and Harkness fellowships, Jamie was previously Professor of Geography & Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Professor of Geography at the University of Manchester, and has held visiting positions at Johns Hopkins University, Oxford University, the National University of Singapore, University of the Witwatersrand, the University of Melbourne, the University of Nottingham, the University of Amsterdam, the University of Oslo, and Queen’s University Belfast. His current research is concerned with the sociology of global outsourcing, the politics of labor in the American South, and the political economy of urban restructuring.

Jamie Peck is Canada Research Chair in Urban & Regional Political Economy and Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia, Canada

Tom Slater

University of Edinburgh


Tom Slater (Ph.D. 2003, King's College London) is Reader in Urban Geography at the University of Edinburgh. His research centers on the relations between market processes and state structures in producing and reinforcing urban inequalities. He has written extensively on gentrification (notably the co-authored books, Gentrification, 2008 and The Gentrification Reader, 2010), displacement from urban space, territorial stigmatization, welfare reform, and social movements, and since 2010 has delivered lectures in 17 different countries on these issues. He is currently working on a long term study of the role of free market think tanks in manufacturing ignorance of the causes of urban inequalities. For more information, including many downloadable papers, see his website.

Tom Slater (Ph.D. 2003, King's College London) is Reader in Urban Geography at the University of Edinburgh

Astrid Ulloa

National University of Colombia


Professor of the Department of Geography at the National University of Colombia. Ulloa is a research of the “desiguALdades” (inequality) network and socio-ecological dimension. She is the coordinator of the Culture and Environment research group. Research areas: indigenous movements, indigenous autonomy, local development, gender, climate change, territoriality, extractive, and environmental anthropology.

Professor of the Department of Geography at the National University of Colombia

Richard Webber

King’s College London


Professor at the Department of Geography, King’s College London, Richard Webber is currently involved in a study the conflict between global and established elites in London’s wealthiest neighbourhoods. The originator of the Mosaic and Acorn neighborhood classifications, Richard Webber is associated with “commercial sociology” and the use by social scientists of “big data” as an alternative to the traditional research questionnaire as a source of evidence. One such application pioneered by Richard Webber is a tool which associates personal and family names with cultural background. This enables the behaviors of different minorities to be researched without the need for survey questionnaires. This tool is relevant to the study of historic and contemporary migration, both in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.

Professor at the Department of Geography, King’s College London