Dr Katie Higgins

Little capital: the life of wealth elites in the everyday metropolis

Funding period: 28 May 2018 – 28 May 2021
Type of funding: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Katie is a human geographer and urban ethnographer, engaging with elite studies, wealth and urban inequality. Her current project is interested in the impact of the ‘super rich’ on second-tier cities, examining: how wealth elites are (re)shaping the urban beyond global cities; the gendered reproduction of wealth; and the utility of concepts of class spatialization and spatial retreat, or alternately co-presence and engagement, among the profoundly wealthy in the city of Manchester. In doing so, she intends to advance innovative methodological approaches to the study of wealth elites. This project builds on her doctoral research, which explored privileged actors’ navigation of a postcolonial city and themes of class, difference and inequality.

k.w.higgins@keele.ac.uk | https://www.keele.ac.uk/gge/people/katiehiggins/