Cities, mobile capital and housing vacancy: Online Event Cities, mobile capital and housing vacancy Join the Global Empty Homes Network’s discussion - playback available on Youtube now The event took place on 9th September 2021 The Global Empty Homes Network (GEHN) is a coalition of like-minded NGOs, activists and academics, united by their desire to research and combat vacancy and the commodification of housing. Meetings in 2021 have been attended by participants from Brazil to Denmark and from Argentina to Australia. Why we held this event on 9 September? On 7 and 8 September, the annual MIPIM property conference will be taking place in Cannes, France. In the words of The Guardian’s Aditya Chakrabortty, MIPIM is an event ‘where big money developers invite town hall executives for secret discussions aboard private yachts, and whose regulars boast they get through more champagne than all the liggers at the film festival.’ GEHN held a global online event at 12PM BST, where the impacts of the ‘MIPIM’ development model will be discussed by policy makers, academics and housing activists in a roundtable format titled Cities, mobile capital and housing vacancy. A 45-minute roundtable discussion was followed by a facilitated question and answer session for those watching the discussion on Facebook and YouTube. How can I get involved? Cities, mobile capital and housing vacancy was streamed live - you can view free on YouTube at this link: https://youtu.be/-wteeIGZmZo Organisations, activists and academic researchers interested in joining the GEHN should contact [email protected] Those participating in the Network and setting an agenda for discussion include: Helene Caloir Director of the New York State Housing Stabilization fund at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation Karl Fitzgerald Director of Advocacy at Prosper Australia Myriam Godoy Observatorio del Derecho a la Ciudad, Buenos Aires Jesper Ole Jensen Senior Researcher at the Department of the Built Environment at the University of Aalborg, Denmark Camila Jordan Executive Director of TETO Brazil Rex McKenzie Senior lecturer at the Department of Economics, Kingston University, London. https://www.kingston.ac.uk/staff/profile/dr-rex-a-mckenzie-634/ Alan Mallach Senior Fellow at the Center for Community Progress, Michigan Andy Moseley Empty Homes Policy Officer at the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership Samuel Stein Housing Policy Analyst at the Community Service Society of New York The discussion is facilitated by Will McMahon, Director of Action on Empty Homes, London. Booking for this event has now closed.