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Brittany Hsieh

Alice Peultier

Jessie Speer

June 14th, 2021

Progressing Planning – our podcast with Dr Jessie Speer

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

Brittany Hsieh

Alice Peultier

Jessie Speer

June 14th, 2021

Progressing Planning – our podcast with Dr Jessie Speer

0 comments | 23 shares

Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

Jessie Speer is an Assistant Professor in Human Geography at the London School of Economics. Her US-focused research analyzes domesticity and housing in a market society from a post-colonial, feminist, and political ecology lens. She’s currently working on a book examining the demolition of homeless encampments in the US as a larger attack on urban informality. Jessie incorporates her law background assisting people who experienced domestic violence and eviction in California in her current work.

In this podcast, Jessie delves into exclusionary property law in the US, looking at the “legal fiction of property law” to explore the insidious nature of a framework that centers on the right to exclude. She talks about her book project, stressing the urgent humanity crisis around demolitions and insufficient anti-homeless policies. Jessie uses intersectionality to approach the plurality of housing experiences and the critical importance of including voices that are too often overlooked in theory and policymaking. She leaves us with her take on what she sees as a potential way forward in achieving fairer urban environments.

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About the author

Brittany Hsieh

Brittany is a master’s student at LSE in the Regional and Urban Planning Studies program. She seeks to explore combatting social and race-based inequity in urban environments, specifically through a food justice lens. Previous to LSE, she spent time working within the US Department of Agriculture on data analytics, change management, and business process reengineering projects. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia in Computer Science and Global Public Health with a minor in Environments and Sustainability.

Alice Peultier

Alice is a master’s student in the Urban Policy Dual Degree programme between LSE (RUPS) and Sciences Po Paris (Urban and Territorial Strategies). She is particularly interested in gender and environmental justice, exploring how a gender-aware approach to urban resilience planning can contribute to build more inclusive cities. She holds a bachelor’s from Sciences Po Paris and studied one year abroad at UBC, Vancouver.

Jessie Speer

Jessie Speer joined the Department of Geography and Environment as Assistant Professor in 2020. Her research examines struggles over urban and domestic space at the margins of housed society. Jessie formerly practiced law in California, working at legal aid clinics assisting people experiencing domestic violence and eviction. She holds a PhD in Geography from Syracuse University and has received fellowships and awards from the Mellon Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, British Academy, and Antipode Foundation.

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