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ICTA-UAB researcher Victoria Reyes-García receives an ERC Consolidator Grant

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Research to study the health effects of forests

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The ICTA-UAB participated in the 100xCiencia.2 meeting in Alicante

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Launch of the Alliance of Severo Ochoa Centres and Maria de Maeztu Units of Excellence

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Oil contamination in the Amazon modifies chemical composition of rivers

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ICTA-UAB researchers alert that oil palm plantations produce infertility in tropical lands

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UAB scientists and citizens can identify Barcelona's allergy-causing plants with the new Plant*tes app

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EJAtlas Includes 2,100 Case Studies on Socio-Environmental Conflicts Around the World

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Unrestricted Improvements in Fishing Technology Threaten the Future of Seafood

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Ice age thermostat prevented extreme climate cooling

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The New Theory of Economic “Agrowth” Contributes to the Viability of Climate Policies

 ICTA-UAB researcher Jeroen van den Bergh publishes in Nature Climate Change a study in which he proposes a new economic theory compatible with the fight against climate change.

European Project to Analyse the Effects of Waste Generated by Tourism on Mediterranean Islands

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New ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide'

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EEI SEMINAR: "From mortgage securitisation to REITs: Dispossession and financialised housing 2.0 in Spain?"

Date: 2017-10-18

Title:  "From mortgage securitisation to REITs: Dispossession and financialised housing 2.0 in Spain?"

Speaker: Melissa García-Lamarca, ICTA-UAB

Moderator/Discussant: James Connolly, ICTA-UAB

Date: Wednesday, 18th October 2017
Time: 12.30 h
Place: Z/023 ICTA-UAB

This presentation explores the role of Spanish Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs, known as SOCIMIs) in the country’s expanding rental market, honing in on the socio-spatial dynamics of these new corporate structures in the city of Barcelona. Focus is placed on residential SOCIMIs being created by largest global private equity firm, Blackstone, a company whose 2017 corporate objective in Spain is to be the country’s largest landlord. I propose that Blackstone’s SOCIMIs manifest a new housing regime born from dispossession, with this emerging financialised housing 2.0 model built from the ashes of hundreds of thousands of mortgage foreclosures and the public bail out of the previous mortgage securitisation based housing model. Upon outlining the historic and political economic context of Spain’s rental market and the emergence of SOCIMIs, 110 Blackstone rental properties in Barcelona are mapped alongside various socio-economic datasets, and a social media group created by Blackstone tenants provides insight on common problems they face. I will unpack the implications of these findings vis-à-vis the dynamics of fictitious capital, the new geographies of financialised (rental) housing and housing access and affordability in the city more broadly.

Melissa García-Lamarca is a post-doctoral researcher at ICTA’s Barcelona Laboratory for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability. She has a PhD in Geography from the University of Manchester (2016) and became involved as a researcher-activist with the Platform for Mortgage Affected People (PAH) in Barcelona and Sabadell in 2013 when researching mortgage debt and struggles against indebtedness. Her current research focuses on the financialisation of rental housing, the financial dynamics behind urban greening, as well as the broader processes and implications of green gentrification.

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