We are very happy to announce that we started a podcast! Every
two weeks we will be interviewing writers, scholars, and thought leaders on the complex issues of our time, and how they manifest themselves in our cities and urban regions.
In upcoming episodes we will talk to Christiana Figueres on the global climate emergency, Leslie Kern on the feminist city, Roman Krznaric on intergenerational thinking, Marwa al-Sabouni on rebuilding Syria, and Sharon Zukin on the innovation complex. First up: Brett Christophers on the harmful effects of the rentier economy.
Brett Christophers is Professor of Social and Economic Geography at Uppsala University and author of Rentier Capitalism: Who Owns the Economy and Who Pays for It. The book offers a sweeping critique of early twenty-first-century capitalism in which ownership of key types of scarce assets – such as land, intellectual property, natural resources, or digital platforms – is dominated by a few companies and individuals: rentiers. We talk about what such an economy entails and what its impications are. And we look for answers on what can be done to overcome it, and the ways in which cities could play a role in this.
De Dépendance is kindly supported by The Creative Industries Fund NL and the municipality of Rotterdam.