Oslo, Norway

From Gentrification to the Urban Revolution: or, Why Capital Loves the City (and What That Means for the Rest of Us)

when 6 July 2020 - 10 July 2020
language English
duration 1 week
credits 8 EC
fee NOK 6000

It is hardly remarkable anymore to point to the central role gentrification plays in shaping cities and their social and economic life. And it seems like nothing more than a commonplace to say that we are living in the midst of an urban revolution: after all, more than half the world’s population lives in cities. But precisely because the terms have become so prevalent in both scholarly and popular discourse – and in the process perhaps been drained of a good deal of their analytical precision while also being politically dulled – it is worth examining closely the processes and practices that lie behind them as well as the relationship between them.

Course leader

Professor Donald Mitchell, Department of Social and Economic Geography, Uppsala

Target group

PhD students, graduate or postgraduate student or professional from any social science field of study or related disciplines.

Course aim

At the conclusion of this course, students will have developed:

A fuller understanding of the origins and evolution of gentrification as a phenomenon
A strong grasp of theories of capital circulation and accumulation through the built environment, and the contradictions this entails – and how the story of gentrification fits into these theories
A clearer sense of how finance capital intersects with and shapes the circulation of capital in and through the built environment and how theories of rentier capitalism can help us better understand this
A deeper appreciation for the complexity of the “urban revolution,” especially in relation to the industrial revolution that preceded it
A broad understanding of the consequences of the shifting patterns of capital circulation for the lives of the poor, the marginalized, the working classes, and others who are dispossessed or displaced as a consequence of these shifting patterns
Insights into the determinant forces shaping where and how activist movements intervene to either ameliorate or radically transform these forces.

Credits info

8 EC
A completed course including submission of an approved paper is awarded 8 ECTS.

Fee info

NOK 6000: The participation fee includes:
Daily lunch during the course week(s).
Some social arrangements after class sessions.
Partial covering of expenses towards administration and honorarium for lecturers.
Some parts of the reading material (electronic files) sent to you in advance of the course.


Oslo Summer School for Social Sciences does not have any grants or scholarships. All costs in relation to participation in our courses must be paid by participants themselves, or by their institution.

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