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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Conference program and abstracts can be downloaded here (as of 8 April 2017)

Conference dates and timeframe:

Wed 19 April - 10:30
Fry   21 April - 13:30

Confirmed keynotes:

Dr. Luigi Cuna, Evaluator at the Council of Europe Development Bank
International financing and evaluation of housing operations: challenges and lessons learned

Dr. Lars Gulbrandsen, Researcher, NOVA - Norwegian Social Research, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Science
Social housing through homeownership. Origin, growth and decline. The case of Norway

Prof. Michael Oxley, Director, University of Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning research, UK
Private Finance for Social housing: the merits of tax incentives

Prof. Mark Stephens, Director, The Urban Institute, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland
How housing systems are changing and why

Prof. Christine Whitehead, Emeritus Professor in Housing Economics at the London School of Economics
Social Housing models: past and future

About our keynote speakers:

Dr. Luigi Cuna has a doctorate degree in Law and Economics from the University of Bologna. He worked for a number of years in the monitoring and evaluation of agricultural and rural development programmes. Since 2011, he has been working at the Evaluation Department of the Council of Europe Development Bank, based in Paris, where he has managed a multi-year evaluation cycle dealing with housing programs targeted to highly vulnerable population groups (migrants, Roma and refugees) across various countries.

Dr. Lars Gulbrandsen is researcher at NOVA - Norwegian Social Research. He served as a member of ENHR Coordination Committee in the period 2002 - 2012 and he was in charge of organizing the ENHR-conference in Lillehammer, Norway, in 2012. He has primarily published on wealth accumulation and intergenerational transfers within the housing sector and on how individual ownership has developed within the cooperative (shared ownership) sector.

Prof. Michael Oxley is Director of the University of Cambridge Centre for Housing Planning Research (CCHPR). He was previously Professor of Housing at De Montfort University and a visiting Research Fellow at Delft University of Technology. He has published widely in the field of social rental housing and housing finance. This has included work on investment in social housing in the UK and internationally.

Prof. Mark Stephens is Professor of Public Policy and Director of The Urban Institute at Heriot-Watt University. He was previously Professor in Urban Economics at the University of Glasgow. He has a long-standing interest in comparing housing systems, and led the EU Study on Housing and Exclusion. He is a co-ordinator of the European Network for Housing Research Working Group on Comparative Housing Policy. He was founding editor of the European (now International) Journal of Housing Policy and has been an editor of Urban Studies since 2009, and of Critical Housing Analysis since 2014.

Prof. Christine Whitehead is Emeritus Professor in Housing Economics at the London School of Economics. She is an internationally respected applied economist concentrating mainly in the fields of housing economics, finance and policy. She has worked with a wide range of international agencies as well as regularly for the UK government and Parliament.
She was Director of the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research from 1990 to 2010 as well as Professor at LSE. Major themes in her recent research have included analysis of the relationship between planning and housing; regulation and rented housing; the role of private renting in European housing systems; financing social housing in the UK and Europe; and more broadly the application of economic concepts and evaluation techniques to questions of public resource allocation with respect to housing, education, policing and urban regeneration.


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