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29 FEB 2024 (THU) 15:00-16:30


Geography Distinguished Seminars Series

Ecological Gentrification by Ecosystem Services: a methodological approach

Date: 29 FEB 2024 (Thursday)

Time: 15:00-16:30 (HKT)

Mode: Hybrid Mode

Venue: CLL, Room 10.10, 10F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU



This project explores the relationship between green and blue infrastructure initiatives in Northern Patagonia, Chile, and their impact on land subdivisions and housing development. Specifically, the project aims to investigate the "ecological gentrification" phenomenon in the region, where the emphasis on eco-friendliness has attracted affluent immigrants. The study will involve categorizing and modelling ecosystem services and correlating them with the hedonic price methodology to estimate how these services impact property values. Additionally, population data analysis is carried out to observe displacement effects. The study is expected to reveal a positive correlation between ecosystem services, property value premiums, and population replacement/displacement, as observed in existing literature.

Professor Ernesto López Morales

Researcher, San Sebastian University, Chile

Speaker Bio:

Ernesto is a researcher at San Sebastian University in Chile, and he is based in Patagonia. He teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate programs with a specialization in urban planning. His research focuses on gentrification, land and housing markets, anti-displacement social contestation, counter-hegemonic housing production, and ecosystem services. Ernesto has published his work in several papers, book chapters, and books.


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