Renters unions against the neo-liberal city: can new renters’ organisations in Barcelona and London build mass movements?
My project seeks to understand the rise of renters unions and their capacity to build mass housing movement organisations in opposition to the neoliberal re-shaping of cities. It takes as case studies Sindicat de Llogaters in Barcelona, and London Renters Union, and asks why this novel form of organising has emerged in recent years. It uses the lens of a comparative analytical focus on the political narratives that the two renters unions deploy to ask why claiming a right to the city appears to be more advanced in Barcelona than London.
8 – Urbanisation, Social Change & Urban Transformation