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PHT Talk Series 2018: Gentrification and George Town

Date: 17th March 2018 (Saturday)

Time: 3pm-5pm

Venue: Penang Heritage Trust Office, 26 Church Street, George Town.

Donations: RM10 (members)/ RM 20 (non-members)

RSVP: or call +604 264 2631


In this talk, the speakers would enlighten the audience on the concept of gentrification, and illustrate how and where does it usually take place. More importantly, why is gentrification seen as a part of solutions to contemporary urban issues in spite of its potential of shifting economic, social and cultural structures in local communities. Through this lens, they would then take the audience to discover how gentrification has crept into the George Town World Heritage Site after its inscription in Year 2008, and is gradually transforming its landscape and community.


Dr Ruth Foo is a passionate researcher in urban studies. She has published articles on the Malaysian housing planning system in international planning journals. Together with Dr. Gengeswari, Krishnapillai, they have conducted a case study research that is funded by the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman Research Fund, in the area of gentrification in the George Town World Heritage Site.

Dr. Gengeswari Krishnapillai is attached to the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman as an Assistant Professor of Marketing. She is an enthusiast tourism researcher and has disseminated her research outputs in international refereed journals and conferences. Currently, she is working on Muslim and Heritage tourism.