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Cancelled - Joint RLAC and Real Estate & Planning Research Seminar "Diversification Strategies among Business Group and M-form Firms and Firm Performance Implications: Unravelling the Effects of Institutional Transitions and Family Ownership"

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Event information
Date 28 June 2023
Time 13:00-14:00 (Timezone: Europe/London)
Venue Henley Business School
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The visit of Dr Luis Vergara is part of an ongoing collaboration with Dr Claudia Murray funded by the Chilean Research Council and the Reading Real Estate Foundation. The team is working on a comparative analysis of neoliberal housing policies in Argentina and Chile, including solutions to affordable housing problems by exploring barriers and opportunities to Community Land Trust. More details can be found in the Reading Latin American and Caribbean (RLAC) website.

Luis will be presenting in person, and we would like to encourage you all to attend in-person, although the Seminar will also be available on MS Teams (link further below).

Refreshments (Tea and Coffee) will be provided for the Seminar

Date: Weds 28th June 2023

Time: 13:00 – 14:00

Title : "Beyond metro-centricity: socio-spatial effects of housing policies in cities of different sizes".

Presenter : Dr Luis Vergara Erices

Room: HBS G15 Segro Lecture Theatre and Microsoft Teams

You are welcome to share this invite internally but please do not share it beyond the University. Please direct any enquiries from those outside of the University to:

Luis Abstract and Bio are below :


Urban studies have been organized on the basis of the study of a few large metropolitan cities. This trend, called metro-centricity, not only configures monistic understandings of the urban, but also leads to decisions regarding territorial policies based on the analysis of few case studies, which is particularly problematic in centralist countries such as Chile. Analysing Chilean housing policy, this presentation compare its socio-spatial effects in a metropolitan city and a small city, showing how urban integration, accessibility and the meaning of housing have different dynamics in both types of cities. It concludes by reflecting on the need to overcome metro-centricity and study "other urban spaces", in order to produce territorially suitable housing policies.


Luis Vergara Erices is an academic at the Department of Social Sciences at the Universidad de La Frontera in Temuco, Chile. He is Ph.D. in Urban Studies from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Master in Social Science from the Universidad de La Frontera. His research interests are housing policies, social cohesion, and small cities. He is currently the researcher responsible of the ANID-Fondecyt project Iniciación 11200793 "Social housing policies in cities of different sizes: from metro-centricity to the localization of housing policies."