Redesigning Social Housing against Poverty in Europe

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international conference: Bozen-Bolzano (Italy) - 19-21 April 2017

Social housing in contemporary Europe

Extending the scope of comparative research and addressing most recent changes

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The intention of this conference is to offer an opportunity for a highly qualified discussion on social housing in contemporary Europe, which (1) considers its multiple acceptations and models, (2) integrates countries that are underrepresented in international literature and (3) addresses the most recent changes in social housing policy models, management and financing. Submissions on the following themes are particularly welcome:
  1. Social housing in Southern Europe and in other European countries under-represented in international literature.
  2. Social/affordable housing 'by other means': legacies from previous policy models (e.g. social homeownership, cooperative housing, etc.), new policy instruments based on intermediate tenures and other new techniques.
  3. Main changes in the demand for social housing, in this segment's role and in related policy and management models, after the Global Financial Crisis.
  4. Financing social housing: recent shifts, sustainability issues, mobilization of private finance - new trends and already accumulated evidence.
  5. The future of social housing in Italy (special session)

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Luigi Cuna
Evaluator at the Council of Europe Development Bank

Dr. Lars Gulbrandsen
Researcher, NOVA - Norwegian Social Research, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Science

Prof. Michael Oxley
Director, University of Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning research, UK

Prof. Mark Stephens
Director, The Urban Institute, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland

Prof. Christine Whitehead
Emeritus Professor in Housing Economics at the London School of Economics


The conference represents the concluding scientific event of the research project Redesigning Social Housing against Poverty in Europe (RESHAPE), funded by the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano in 2014-2017. It aims to offer the opportunity for a qualified discussion on the themes presented above. It is organized in two days (plus one morning dedicated to a special session on social housing in Italy). The discussion will consist in a mix of session presentations, roundtables and keynotes. It will include presentations elicited by this call for papers, presentations of the main findings from the RESHAPE project and a number of keynote talks.

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