Landscapes of Power – Moscow

By Alexander Leo Phillips On Tuesday 28th September Yuri Luzhkov was sacked after 18 years as Moscow’s mayor.  Given the … More

Live Aid 25

By Alexander Leo Phillips Tuesday 13th July marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Live Aid.  The “global jukebox”, devised by Bob … More

Place Politics: A Facelift for Colombo Slums

This article foregrounds Government plans in Sri Lanka to re-develop ‘slum’ dwellings around Colombo, providing brick houses for the residents. Whilst encouraging, the slums are situated on prime real estate around the capital city. This potential conflict of interests could lead to the fragmentation of existing kinship and friendship networks in the slums, which are often the greatest asset the residents have in their fight for survival. Hence the article draws attention to Geographical research done around the world that highlights the potential social impacts of urban gentrification.