GEOFIN International Seminar with Larry Murphy “Financialization (un)limited: Restless capital, housing and home” (16th October 2018)

GEOFIN International Seminar

Title: “Financialization (un)limited: Restless capital, housing and home”

Speaker: Professor Laurence Murphy (University of University of Auckland)

Date: Tuesday 16th October 2018

Time: 4-5pm

Venue: M4, Museum Building, Trinity College Dublin

Free event: All welcome

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About the speaker:

Laurence Murphy is Professor of Human Geography in the School of Environment (University of University of Auckland) and was formerly Professor of Property in the University of Auckland Business School. He has published widely on property topics including: homeownership, social rental housing, mortgage securitisation, office development, the institutional evolution of listed property trusts, finance capital and entrepreneurial urban governance. In 2014 he was the Helen Cam Visiting Fellow at Girton College, University of Cambridge and held a Visiting Professorship at Trinity College Dublin in 2009. In 2010 he was appointed Acting-Director of “Transforming Auckland: Institutional, Technological and Cultural Innovations for Sustainable Cities”, one of three Thematic Research Initiatives (TRI) established by The University of Auckland. Prof Murphy completed his PhD in Urban Economic Geography at the University of Dublin (Trinity College Dublin) and has held lecturing posts at Trinity College Dublin, Queen’s University Belfast and the London School of Economics.


The burgeoning literature on financialisation affords the potential for ongoing ‘conceptual slippage’ whereby the term is employed in multiple and inconsistent ways. Consequently, Christophers (2015) posits that the term financialization is limited and potentially unhelpful. In this paper I argue that conceiving of financialization as a dynamic and changeable set of processes is conceptually and empirically productive. Drawing upon my own research, which examines issues of housing and home, I explore the possibilities of engaging with the notion of ‘financialization (un)limited’ (Murphy, 2015). Such an engagement takes cognizance of the protean nature of financialization and takes seriously the notions of its limits, especially within local contexts.

About the event:

This lecture is co-organised by the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies (CURS) and the Finance, Economy & Society (FES) research group and sponsored by ERC GEOFIN research ‘Western Banks in Eastern Europe: New Geographies of Financialisation’ (Project No. 683197). The event is presented as part of the “Distinguished International Lecturers in Geography” lecture series.

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Prof Larry Murphy (Photo by M. Sokol)