KS Jesus Leal

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(UCM, Madrid, Spain)

Emeritus professor of sociology at the Complutense University of Madrid. His teaching activity has mainly focused on Urban Sociology, Urbanism and Population topics, having conducted many research projects on these issues. Coordinator of the committee of experts in housing and editor of the white book on housing in Spain, he has been Visiting Professor at several foreign universities (Berkeley, Paris) and has participated in various international research networks related to urban sociology and housing issues.
Among his publications: “El espacio colectivo de la ciudad” (The collective space in the city), “Para una nueva política de vivienda” (For a new housing policy), “La vivienda en Madrid” (Housing in Madrid), “Comportamientos residenciales y necesidades de vivienda” (Residential behaviour and housing needs); “Crecimiento económico, empleo y desigualdad social en Madrid” (Economic growth, employment and social inequality in Madrid), “Housing and Welfare in Southern Europe”, “La reestructuración social de Madrid” (The social restructuring of Madrid).


Understanding spatial segregation in European cities

Wednesday, 27th June, 11.30-13.00                                                       Main Hall

News about European cities show an increasingly concern with inequality in urban societies. This concern is related to the raise of urban inequalities in a period of crisis where there has been a political demand of austerity and stagnation of wages at the same time that benefits and salaries of managers and directors were increasing considerably, marking a clear distance with the rest of society. This increasing gap is only an example of the distance between social groups, among which social, ethnical, gender and educational categories that produce the raise of segregation in most European cities should also be considered, as some researches have shown recently.

The presentation will analyze these social inequalities in relation to the simple analyzes of economic inequality, showing that there are more explanatory causes of the segregation and gentrification processes than the differences in wages or income that are always referred to. To get a deeper knowledge of these process we will accurately compare two Spanish cities, Madrid and Barcelona trying to understand the difference between them in segregation processes and spatial patterns.