Our Lives in Their Portfolios: Why Asset Managers Own the World
13 December 2023, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm
Join UCL IIPP in conversation with Brett Christophers, Professor of Human Geography at Uppsala University for a panel discussion on his new book 'Our Lives in Their Portfolios: Why Asset Managers Own the World' chaired by Professor Mariana Mazzucato, UCL IIPP and Stefan Horn, UCL IIPP as discussant.
This event is free.
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Join this fascinating discssion on Wednesday 13th December 2023 at 17:30-19:00 (GMT) UK Time at University College London (UCL) or online on Zoom.
About this talk:
In his new book Our Lives in Their Portfolios: Why Asset Managers Own the World, Brett Christophers peels back the veil on what he calls ‘asset manager society’ – a society in which the natural and built environment becomes one more vehicle of siphoning money from the many to the few. Asset managers, he shows, are unlike traditional owners of housing and other essential infrastructure. Buying and selling these life-supporting assets at a dizzying pace, the crux of their business model is not long-term investment and careful custodianship but making quick profits for themselves and the investors that back them. As the owners of more and more of the basic building blocks of everyday life, asset managers shape the lives of each and every one of us. In his talk, Brett Christophers will dive into how and why this came about, and what the consequences are.
Meet the panel:
- Speaker: Brett Christophers | Professor of Human Geography at Uppsala University
- Discussant: Stefan Horn | PhD Candidate, UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose
- Chair: Mariana Mazzucato | Director and Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value, UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose
This talk is convened by Carolina Alves, Associate Professor in Economics, UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose.
please note there are Limited spaces available for in person attendance on a first come first served basis.
About the Speakers
Professor of Human Geography at Uppsala University
Previously, Brett studied at Oxford University (BA, 1993), the University of British Columbia (MA, 1995) and the University of Auckland (PhD, 2008).More about Brett Christophers
PhD Candidate at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP)
Founding Director and Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP)
Professor Mazzucato is the author of four highly-acclaimed books: The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths (2013), The Value of Everything: making and taking in the global economy (2018), Mission Economy: a moonshot guide to changing capitalism (2021) and The Big Con: How the Consulting Industry Weakens our Businesses, Infantilizes our Governments and Warps our Economies (2023).
She advises policymakers around the world on innovation-led, inclusive and sustainable growth. Her current roles include being Chair of the World Health Organization's Council on the Economics of Health for All, Co-Chair of the Global Commission on the Economics of Water, Co-Chair on the Council on Urban Initiatives, and a member of the South African President’s Economic Advisory Council.More about Mariana Mazzucato