Privatisation through Time and Space

Privatisation through Time and Space

SOAS, University of London, Brunei Gallery B102 , London
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Workshop: Privatisation through Time and Space

A one-day interdisciplinary workshop on privatisation across space and time.

Participants will discuss how privatisation, broadly conceived as the promotion of private interests in the organisation of social and physical infrastructure, has changed during the ‘neoliberal period’.

Central to these developments are how forms of financialisation made possible by privatisation have encouraged new forms of private involvement in provisioning, with important implications for social and economic reproduction, and to the relationship between the latter and state activity.

These developments may also be seen as a form of variegated policy transfer from the OECD to non-OECD countries, aided and abetted by international institutions, as well as a result of policy experimentation through state/finance nexuses.


10:00-11:30 Introduction: Privatisation through Space and Time. Ben Fine

11:30-11:45 Coffee break (refreshments provided)

11:45-13:15 Privatisation of Social Infrastructure

Kate Bayliss (SOAS) - Water Privatisation in England and Wales

Basani Boloyi (SOAS) – Road Privatisation in Mozambique

Tom Haines-Doran (SOAS) – Rail Privatisation in Britain

13:15-14:15 Lunch (provided [please contact us via Eventbrite if you have particular dietary requirements)

14:15-15:45 Privatisation of Social Reproduction

Elisa Van Waeyenberge (SOAS) – Privatisation of Housing

Jasmine Gideon (Birkbeck) – Privatisation of Health

Elaine Unterhalter (UCL) and Lyndsey Robinson (Birkbeck) – Privatisation of Education