Unpacking the Corporate Landlord: Changing Financial Networks and the Remaking of Urban Geographies Through the Financialization of Rented Housing

Housing financialization scholars have documented a rise in corporate landlordism as sovereign wealth funds, private equity firms, REITs and others have moved into residential property markets (Aalbers 2017; Fields, 2019; Wijburg et al., 2018). This development has implications for how we theorise urban geographies, including the evolving relation between local and national state actors as enablers of housing financialization (Beswick and Penny, 2018) and how networks of actors engage in the production of urban space via new models such as Build to Rent (Nethercote, 2020). It also has implications for our understanding of ‘assetization’ processes (Ward and Swyngedouw, 2018), including the entanglement of actors, technologies and valuation practices that give form to these new assets (Brill, 2021; Brill and Özogul, 2021); and how these networks intertwine with techniques such as automation, evictions and credit scoring to reproduce gendered and racialised housing geographies (Fields and Raymond, 2021; cf Joseph, 2014).

This session invites scholars to submit contributions along the following themes: