West End’s Shrinking Public Realm: Development, disadvantage and culture in Brisbane’s most inclusive neighbourhood

BFU is looking forward to some critical navel-gazing with our upcoming session, featuring presentations by Peter Walters, who will focus on a sociological analysis of urban development, and Cameron Parsell, who will explore identities and the meaning of home, in the context of his research with people sleeping rough around West End and elsewhere.

Presentations will be followed by time for open discussion.

When: Tuesday 9th of April, 6.30 – 8.30 pm.

Where: Westpac carpark, 89-91 Boundary St, West End.

About the speakers:

Peter Walters is an urban sociologist from the School of Social Science at UQ.  He teaches first year students what sociology is, and graduate students what sociology could be.  He researches how we shape cities and how they shape us, including Brisbane and, more recently, Dhaka in Bangladesh.  He also researches village life in the Solomon Islands, which has nothing to do with cities.

Cameron’s research interests focus on people living in urban spaces and homeless accommodation, and also his research seeks to understand policies and programs that aim to assist people to access secure housing.

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