1. Collaborative Housing and the future European social model


Working Group Coordinators

Darinka Czischke d.k.czischke@tudelft.nl
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Claire Carriou  claire.carriou@u-paris10.fr
University of Paris Nanterre, France

Richard Lang
Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Henrik Gutzon Larson
University of Lund, Sweden


The co-ordinators of the ENHR working group “Collaborative Housing” invite abstracts related but not limited to this year’s ENHR conference topic, with a particular focus on the links between collaborative housing forms and the future of the European social model, including:


  • Welfare state retreat and meeting housing need: (How) can collaborative housing fill the gap? What are the tensions between the state’s role in securing adequate and affordable housing for the whole population, on the one hand, and the specific values and target groups of collaborative housing forms, on the other?
  • Welfare state retreat and collaborative housing rise: (How) do the decline in social housing and the impact of welfare state transformations play out in the rise of collaborative housing?
  • Collaborative housing and social inclusion: What models and practices of collaborative housing are aimed at including vulnerable households? (How) are local and national legal and policy frameworks enabling or hindering the realisation of collaborative housing forms for wider sections of the population? What specific types of collaborative housing forms are emerging to house socially excluded groups?


More generally, the working group focuses on six central themes:


1.       Wider social, economic and technological trends underpinning contemporary collaborative housing initiatives.

Work within this theme addresses the overarching societal trends that may be driving current collaborative housing initiatives, as well as their mutually shaping relationships. These trends include socio-demographic developments such as ageing, the redefinition of gender roles, the environment and sustainability agenda, new lifestyles, and increasing ethnic diversity. Socio-economic developments to consider include economic and financial downturns and their impact on housing markets and income levels of the population. Last but not least, papers could address the impact of technological changes such the increasing role of social media in self-organisation, the rise of the smart city paradigm and advances in sustainable construction and domestic/urban recycling systems, amongst others.


2.       The organisational dynamics of collaborative housing: management, stakeholders and networks.

Work within this theme addresses the variety of ways in which these initiatives and their participants are organised and structured, and how they re-structure as the specific projects progresses. This includes intra-organisational dynamics and the changing role(s) of professionals working with residents’ groups in collaborative housing. It also looks at wider stakeholder relationships, networks and collaboration arrangements in which these initiatives take place.


3.       The links between collaborative housing initiatives and wider policy and institutional frameworks.

Work within this theme deals with the degrees and types of embeddedness of collaborative housing initiatives in wider policy, legal and institutional frameworks in their respective countries. Furthermore, papers in this theme could explore the relationship between collaborative housing and other/adjacent housing fields and sectors (e.g. social housing, non-profit housing), and related sectors and policy fields (e.g. social care, social enterprises, socio-political movements).


4.       Collaborative housing, urban planning and neighbourhood dynamics.

Work within this theme deals with the connections, synergies and tensions between the proliferation of collaborative housing initiatives and the wider neighbourhood and urban scales. Papers may focus on specific (public) promotion programs for collaborative housing in different countries or planning/developer competition programmes targeting collaborative housing models. Further, contributions may focus on the role of intermediaries and sector umbrellas in accelerating the promotion of these types of housing.


5.       Epistemological frameworks, methods and ethics in collaborative housing research.

Work within this theme reflects on the specific epistemological and methodological (quantitative and qualitative) frameworks that are most useful to research the different aspects of collaborative housing. In addition, it considers ethical considerations of potentially invasive methodologies used in this field (e.g. action research, participant observation, longitudinal ethnographic research, etc.). Such ethical questions relate to the boundaries between normative and empirical aspects of this research and the role of the researcher as militant/advocate and scientist.


6.       Theoretical perspectives on collaborative housing research.

Papers are also welcome to elaborate on the applicability of theories from a range of disciplines to understanding the different dimensions of collaborative housing, including but not limited to social network theory, innovation theory, institutional theory, management and organisational theories, transitions theories, etc.


2. Disadvantaged Urban Neighbourhoods and Communities


Working Group Coordinators

Eva Andersson eva.andersson@humangeo.su.se

Stockholm University, Department of Human Geography

 Mark Livingston mark.livingston@glasgow.ac.uk

Urban Big Data Centre, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow, UK


Description of the Working Group

This working group focuses on urban neighbourhoods and local communities. We are interested in the social mechanisms behind and the implications of concentrated poverty and deprivation, segregation between various socio-economic groups, and broader social inequalities between residents. Other topics of interest are social networks, social capital or social cohesion, and neighbourhood effects.


Plans for the Workshop in Athens

As well as research which aims to further our understanding of poorer neighbourhoods, we are also interested in evaluations of interventions which are designed to ameliorate problems of deprived communities. We welcome rigorous papers from a wide range of methods on the topics above. We are also keen to discuss approaches focusing on analysis of register data, (linked) open data and social media feeds, specialised evaluation approaches (e.g. realist evaluation) and mixed-methods designs that innovatively combine qualitative and quantitative approaches.

4. Energy Efficiency and Environmental Sustainability of Housing


Working Group Coordinators

Ebru Ergöz Karahan ebru.karahan@ozyegin.edu.tr
Faculty of Architecture and Design, Özyeğin University, Istanbul, Turkey

Henk Visscher h.j.visscher@tudelft.nl
OTB – Research for the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Catalina Turcu catalina.turcu@ucl.ac.uk
University College London, Bartlett School of the Built Environment, UK


Description of the Working Group

The housing sector is responsible for a large share of the total global use of energy, so, it has a significant impact on the environment. Since energy efficiency and environmental sustainability have become major arenas of debate pursued by governments across the world, the housing sector will have to face the challenge of increasing energy efficiency in planning, designing, constructing new housing, as well as in renovating and maintaining the existing stock. Evaluation of the performance of buildings, building materials and services has also come into focus. All actors participating in the housing sector are giving more attention to environmental aspects as well as social, cultural, and economic aspects. Thus, the aims of the Working Group are as follows:

  • to analyse how environmental sustainability and energy efficiency are affected in the production, renovation, and maintenance of housing;
  • to evaluate new concepts and technologies related to the analysis of environmental sustainability and energy efficiency in housing;
  • to explore different methods, tools, and approaches for enhancing the environmental sustainability of housing.
  • to consider the effectiveness of policies and regulatory tools intended to improve energy performances and reduce environmental impacts of housing;
  • to provide a forum for debates about linkages among these topics.

Within this concept, the working group’s scope is housing design, production, renovation, maintenance and new building concepts related to sustainability, energy efficiency, building sustainability assessment methods and tools, LCA, LCC, performance assessment, energy behaviour, actual energy use, indoor air quality, and regulations, policies and practices in relation to these issues, as well as theoretical and methodological issues associated with research.


Plans for the Workshop in Athens

We welcome contributions related to the aims and topics indicated in the description of the Working Group.

5. Housing and Living Conditions of Ageing Populations


Working Group Coordinators

Marianne Abramsson marianne.abramsson@liu.se
Aging and Social Change Division, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Linköping University, Norrköping, Sweden

Blanca Deusdad blanca.deusdad@urv.cat
Department of Anthropology, Philosophy and Social Work, Rovira i Virgili University, Spain

Aleid Brouwer a.e.brouwer@rug.nl
Urban and Regional Science Institute, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Sarah Hillcoat-Nallétamby S.Hillcoat-Nalletamby@swansea.ac.uk
Centre for Innovative Ageing, Swansea University, Wales, UK


Description of the Working Group

The central concern of this working group is the housing and living conditions of older people. We welcome contributions that discuss the housing situation, housing preferences, housing possibilities and options of older people as well as policies and other related issues that from different perspectives discuss the housing and living conditions of older people.


Plans for the Workshop in Athens

We welcome contributions related to topics indicated in the description of the Working Group.

6. Housing and Refugees


Working Group Coordinators

Silvia Mugnano silvia.mugnano@unimib.it
Department of Sociology and Social Research, UNIMIB, Milano, Italy

Bence Komlósi office@architectureforrefugees.com
Architecture for Refugees, Zurich, Switzerland

Jennifer E. Duyne Barenstein duyne@arch.ethz.ch
Centre for Research on Architecture, Society and the Built Environment, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland

Eli Støa eli.stoa@ntnu.no
Department of Architecture and Planning, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway

Alice Pittini alice.pittini@housingeurope.eu
Housing Europe, Brussels, Belgium


Description of the Working Group

Global forced displacement has drastically increased in the last decades. According to the UNHCR, in 2015 one in every 113 people globally was either an asylum-seeker, internally displaced or a refugee. Most European countries are searching for affordable, durable, and socio-culturally sensitive housing solutions. The Working Group aims to facilitate a dialogue between academics, policymakers, planners and practitioners about the similarities and differences between and within the European member states in terms of housing processes, strategies and solutions for and with refugees.


Plans for the Workshop in Athens

We welcome contributions related to the themes indicated above in the description of the Working Group. In particular, the working group is calling for research-based papers with a focus on local, national and international experiences in coping with the housing needs of refugees from emergency shelter to durable solutions.

7. Housing Economics


Working Group Coordinators

Viggo Nordvik viggo.nordvik@nova.hioa.no
NOVA – Norwegian Social Research, Oslo, Norway

Michael Ball m.ball@reading.ac.uk
Department of Real Estate & Planning, University of Reading Business School, UK

Edwin Deutsch edwin.deutsch@aon.at
Research group EOS, University of Technology, Vienna, Austria


Description of the Working Group

We support the interests of those who feel at home under the heading “housing economics.” We also want to provide an arena for discussion of the technical aspects of modelling and econometric aspects of the work of housing economists.


Plans for the Workshop in Athens

We welcome contributions related to the topics indicated in the description of the Working Group.

8. Housing Finance


Working Group Coordinators

Andreja Cirman andreja.cirman@ef.uni-lj.si
Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Michael Voigtländer voigtlaender@iwkoeln.de
Institut der Deutschen Wirtshaft, Köln, Germany


Description of the Working Group

The central themes of the Working Group are as follows:

  • to initiate and stimulate research in housing finance: mortgage systems, mortgage loan types, debt, developer finance, risk management; regulation and government involvement;
  • to support the publication of research analyses and findings;
  • to ensure an effective network among researchers; and
  • to support the dissemination of knowledge about housing finance, mortgage systems, policy change and market development.


Plans for the Workshop in Athens

We welcome contributions related to the topics indicated in the description of the Working Group.

9. Housing in Developing Countries


Working Group Coordinators

Yurdanur Dügleroğlu yukselyu@itu.edu.tr
Faculty of Architecture, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

Claudio Acioly Jr. claudio.acioly@unhabitat.org
United Nations Human Settlements Programme, Un-Habitat, Kenya

Isobel Anderson isobel.anderson@stir.ac.uk
Department of Applied Social Science, University of Sterling, UK

Gülden Erkut gerkut@itu.edu.tr
Faculty of Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

Kosta Mathéy mathey@ina-fu.org
GLOBUS, Global Urban Studies Istitute, Germany

Chris Watson c.j.watson@bham.ac.uk
School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham, UK


Description of the Working Group

Half the world’s population lives in urban areas. Future population growth (more than 80 per cent of it in urban areas) will be concentrated in developing countries. Yet the growth of urbanisation in the developing world is not matched by a commensurate growth in the supply of decent housing, or by the reduction of inequality. Recently, forced migration from various countries has been an urgent issue, impacting on not only the borders but  also the centers of many urban areas: settlements of migrants place additional pressures on already overurbanized and fragmented cities of  Developing countries. The shortcomings of policy, lack of political will, limitations of housing finance, poor land management in urban areas, lack of security of tenure, and lack of infrastructure and services are just some of the issues that confront citizens and policy-makers in developing countries, and are strong themes for research, analysis and action. The working group seeks to support the development of research on housing issues in low and middle income countries. In 2016, the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador focused on rethinking the Urban Agenda, and so provided an impetus for securing renewed political commitment to sustainable urban development and the place of housing within it – as well as a potential cross-national framework for analysis and new research.


Plans for the Workshop in Athens

We welcome contributions on topics related to those indicated in the description of the Working Group, and more broadly on housing issues in lower and middle income countries.

10. Housing Law


Working Group Coordinators

Michel Vols m.vols@rug.nl
Faculty of Law, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Maria Olinda Garcia ogarcia@fd.uc.pt
Faculty of Law, Coimbra University, Portugal

Padraic Kenna Padraic.kenna@nuigalway.ie
Centre for Housing Law, Rights and Policy, National University of Ireland, Ireland 


Description of the Working Group

The general aims of the group are to promote dialogue and European research on the importance of law, rights and regulation to all aspects of housing, land and planning. These objectives continue to be very broad to accommodate national differences.

Besides their political, social, and economic implications, housing, land and planning are profoundly influenced by varying national legal environments. International exchange in this area has always been handicapped by quite different national approaches and traditional groupings of legal and socio-legal expertise, despite drives towards European harmonization have not explicitly dealt with land law, but affect this strongly.

This group aims to promote exchange and debate between people in the same area as well as promoting understanding of the multiple types of relevant law. Legal, economic, sociological and philosophical theories are welcome, as well as sociological empirical work on the implementation of law, to improve understanding and expertise across borders.


Plans for the Workshop in Uppsala

We welcome contributions related to the topics indicated in the description of the Working Group

11. Housing Market Dynamics


This is a special workshop not sponsored by an ENHR Working Group.

Workshop Contact Persons

Richard Turkington richardturkington@housingvision.co.uk
Housing Vision Limited, UK

Peter Boelhouwer P.J.Boelhouwer@tudelft.nl
OTB, University of Delft, The Netherlands


Plans for the Workshop in Athens

Our well-established Workshop welcomes papers which address both the main theme of the conference and more general questions relating to housing market dynamics including for example

  • the impact on housing markets of increasing residential densities in urban areas;
  • the challenge of housing distinct new groups, including through migration; and
  • continuing problems of meeting housing shortage in high demand urban areas

In all cases we would welcome papers which examine policy responses and their impact.

This is a highly participative workshop, and all colleagues – at whatever stage of their work – are warmly welcomed to join us.

12. Land Markets and Housing Policy


Working Group Coordinators

Berit Nordahl Berit.Nordahl@nmbu.no
Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning, Norwegian University of Life Science, Norway

Willem Korthals Altes W.K.KorthalsAltes@tudelft.nl
OTB – Research for the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands


Description of the Working Group

The working group addresses how policy and planning systems and (local) government institutions influence the supply of land for various categories of housing. Resulting from the interplay between market forces and national policies for housing and land use, the way land for housing is being provided varies largely across countries. Market mechanismspolicies for development gain and cost recovery, and the role of law and institutions in land markets might serve as key words. In more specific terms, the working group addresses models in which land is made available for housing and discusses commonalities and divergences across countries.

Of special interest is when policies evoke clashes with EU rules of the common market. Wherever such rules apply – it may help to find an effective balance between national land-related policies supporting social and affordable housing and the EU rules on State support and fair competition. International comparison and exchange may bring up suggestions for improving some national policies and practices.

The working group also assesses the workings of land markets. We have a special focus on urban land markets and welcome papers assessing the working of land markets, land price and land transactions. We also welcome papers studying the effect of land use planning, other governmental inventions including land owner structure on the working of land markets.

The working group is open for theoretical and empirical approaches. In theoretical respect, the Working Group welcomes a variety of approaches of markets, state intervention, institutional dynamics and governance, including new institutional economics, the theory of social origins of non-profit regimes, the perspective of Law and Economics, and so on.


Plans for the Workshop in Athens

We welcome contributions assessing the workings of land markets in relation to housing, as well as the nature of, and the effect of regulations and interventions. The topic of this group is cross disciplinary and we welcome contributions using various approaches and disciplines, such as, economy, sociology, planning, architecture and law.

13. Metropolitan Dynamics: Urban Change, Markets and Governance


Working Group Coordinators

Iván Tosics tosics@mri.hu
Metropolitan Research Institute, Budapest, Hungary

Christiane Thouzellier cthouzel@univ-tlse2.fr
LISST-Cieu, Université de Toulouse 2 Jean-Jaures, France


Description of the Working Group

The Working Group aims to deal with the spatial dimensions of housing policies. Changes in housing, whether through new construction, refurbishment, demolition, tenure change, etc. always have a spatial dimension, through which housing can be considered as a tool to address urban development challenges (densification, suburbanization) and social problems (affordability, homelessness, segregation) through spatially defined strategies.

Taking this spatial aspect into consideration, the Working Group aspires to multi-disciplinary analysis regarding how housing processes can be steered with governance and spatial planning tools in urban areas – from the neighbourhood through the city to the metropolitan area level. Thus the spatial level can be smaller but also larger than the area covered by the administrative city borders. The Working Group also recognises that ‘housing’ is much influenced by other policies and sectors, such as planning, transport, environment, local government services and financing, financial regulation, welfare and taxation.

Within the broader topic area outlined above, a special interest area of the Working Group is the operation of local housing markets in the functional urban area. The territories around the core city, from where city jobs are accessible by daily commuting, play special role in the urban housing market, both on the higher (rich suburbs) and on the lower end of the housing hierarchy (transitory areas for those who cannot afford housing within the city). On this metropolitan scale many critical challenges can be handled: urban sprawl and unsustainability, affordability and accessibility, infrastructure and services, segregation or fiscal imbalances. A widespread failure to match housing supply and demand in terms of location, quantity or type of housing may be attributable to problems at this scale. Across a range of countries, change and reform is bringing a new focus to this metropolitan scale, whether from downward devolution to city regions or upward consolidation of local government, often in a climate of fiscal stress.

Housing is an important aspect to analyze the relationship between cities and their urban regions, showing substantial changes over time, marked by growth (urbanization) or decline (desurbanization) of the whole area, or by processes of inter-regional restructuring (suburbanization or re-urbanization). The changes, either gradual or more sudden, influence to a great extent the functioning of the housing market within these urban regions and have differential effects on different parts of that region (also within different neighbourhoods in a city). Causes of changes can usually be found in macro-developments, such as economic growth/decline, migration/demographics, changes in incomes and preferences and, at least in some countries, also in specific policies on different spatial scales.

This working group is the most urban and planning oriented working group of ENHR, dealing with all aspects of urban development. The organizers of this WG are counting on growing interest of those members of the ENHR, who are “infected” by urban topics, spatial and/or geographical approaches and consider housing as an important tool to influence urban development, towards more sustainable and equitable directions.

14. Short-Term Rental Market


Working Group Coordinators

Dimitris Balampanidis  d.balabanidis@yahoo.com
Department of Geography, Harokopio University (Athens, Greece)
Dimitra Siatitsa dimisiat@gmail.com
Department of Urban and Regional Planning, School of Architecture, National Τechnical University of Athens (Athens, Greece)


Description of the Working Group

The newly emerged and rapidly spreading – through the AirBnB and several similar platforms – practice of short-term rentals is at the heart of public debate in numerous countries around the world. It has strongly attracted the interest of the Press, the academic community, politicians, as well as the civil society, and has raised interesting questions and serious concerns about its multiple, complex and ambiguous impacts on space, society and the economy. To deal with the negative impacts of the phenomenon (such as the rise in rental and real estate prices, the violent transformation of cities’ neighbourhoods and the displacement of local residents, referred to as “touristification” or “tourism gentrification”), public authorities have already taken action at the national or/and local level, imposing various types of restrictions. Grassroots initiatives have also emerged, protesting against overtourism and the consequent worsening of the housing crisis especially in large urban areas or/and touristic islands.


Plans for the Workshop in Uppsala

We welcome contributions that elaborate on the multiple impacts of the short-term rentals on space, society and the economy, and – more importantly – focus on ways to deal with the phenomenon in different national and local contexts.

15.Minority Ethnic Groups and Housing


Working Group Coordinators

Gideon Bolt g.s.bolt@uu.nl
Urban and Regional Research Centre, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Rikke Skovgaard Nielsen rsn@sbi.aau.dk
Danish Building Research Institute, Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark


Description of the Working Group

The central concerns of the Working Group are the housing conditions, housing preferences and residential mobility of minority ethnic groups; the concentration and segregation of minority ethnic groups; and living in multicultural neighbourhoods.

16. Private Rented Markets


Working Group Coordinators

Aideen Hayden aideenhayden@gmail.com
University College Dublin, Ireland

Paddy Gray pf.gray@ulster.ac.uk
School of the Built Environment, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland


Description of the Working Group

The Private Rented Markets working group provide the opportunity to present papers and to engage in stimulating and challenging discussion on the role and contribution of private rented housing markets. Private renting has emerged in this recent decade as a tenure of expansion. The working group examines private renting as a distinct element within the housing market and its intersection with other aspects of the market. Research themes include:

  • Characteristics of rental markets in Europe, USA and Asia-Pacific
  • The interface of tenures, homeownership, private renting and social renting
  • The regulation of Private Rented Markets
  • Supply and financing of Private Rented Housing
  • Private rented housing as a means of social inclusion and promoting social mix
  • Emerging private rented markets
  • Private Rented Markets and mixed tenure housing
  • Informal rental markets, challenges presented by licencing, sharing, student housing
  • Low income households and private rented markets
  • New immigrant communities and private rented accommodation
  • The role of private rented markets and homelessness
  • Dispute resolution between landlords and tenants
  • Quality, standards, management and affordability of private rented dwellings
  • Landlord behaviour and decision-making


Plans for the Workshop in Athens

In line with this year’s conference the working group particularly welcomes papers on the role of private rented housing in accentuating segregation or promoting inclusion, the role of the sector in respect of migrant communities and themes in respect of the sector and densification.

17. Research on residential architecture and its users


Working Group Coordinators

Birgit Jürgenhake b.jurgenhake@tudelft.nl
Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, The Netherlands

Ahsen Ozsoy ozsoya@itu.edu.tr
Faculty of Architecture, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey


Description of the Working Group

In the next 30 years 2.5 billion people will be added to the world’s urban population which means that two out of the three people will live in our cities and they all need a home. The main topic of our Working Group is the challenge of designing appropriate houses in the urban tissue. Architects have to face societal questions concerning housing the low and middle income and special groups like the elderly and vulnerable people. How to make them a home in the density of our cities, a private place next to the public life, a refuge next to the quick rhythm of the city. How to avoid loneliness and enclosure and offer place for encounter but take care of privacy at the same time?

The Working Group is emphatically looking for research with a cross-over between architecture and other fields of expertise. It aims to discuss research on residential architecture and its inhabitants in the city, where publics, speeds and scales meet and exchange, where fast and slow changes quickly. How to grow old and stay young in the city?

We only accept research and analysis work (no solely architectural presentations).

Some themes in research of interest to members of the Working Group are as follows:

  • Architectural and urban design of residential buildings in the process of transformation of cities
  • Examining spatial and design quality problems of residential environment.
  • Socio-economic and cultural characteristics of inhabitants on the spatial arrangement of residential buildings and urban units
  • Cultural differences in use of the public, collective and private domains of a residential building.
  • The analysis of public space from the perspective of its value for the residential area
  • The interior relationships within a building ( and its surrounding) and their correlation with the inhabitants
  • Participation of local people or prospective inhabitants in the design process
  • Dwelling as a reflection of diverse territorial needs of its inhabitants
  • The user’s demand as a key for design (special groups of users, for example elderly)
  • Design strategies for residential buildings or their adaptation and transformation
  • The sustainability of residential buildings, including the adaptability of buildings to different programmes and uses
  • Flexibility / adaptability as a design problem for mass housing.
  • Comparative studies for early residential examples of modernism.
  • Residential houses under diverse historical, cultural, political, economic circumstances


Call for a new coordinator

We are looking for a person who shares our interests and  likes to join us as a coordinator of our workshop. Interested? Please mail to b.jurgenhake@tudelft.nl . We would like to meet and discuss a possible collaboration on the next Conference in Athene.

18. Residential Context of Health


Working Group Coordinators

Emma Baker emma.baker@adelaide.edu.au
School of Architecture & Built Environment, University of Adelaide, Australia

Terry Hartig terry.hartig@ibf.uu.se
Institute for Housing and Urban Research, Uppsala University, Sweden


Description of the Working Group

The concerns of the WG extend beyond those traditionally addressed in the housing-and-health field, namely, connections between physical health outcomes and physical characteristics of housing. In addition to such connections, the WG also takes interest in the role of psychological, social and cultural factors in shaping relations between the residential context, including housing, and health more broadly conceived.


Plans for the Workshop in Athens

Suitable papers would fit with a variety of themes, such as the effect of physical housing variables on mental and physical health; the role of behavioral, social, and cultural factors in shaping relations between housing and health; the ways in which housing policy can be coordinated with other social welfare policies to more effectively pursue public health objectives; universal design and other strategies for mitigating effects of individual’s functional limitations in the residential context; the delivery of health care services in the home; and gardens, nearby parks and urban green spaces as health resources.

19.Residential Environments and People


Working Group Coordinators

Hélène Bélanger belanger.helene@uqam.ca
Département d’études urbaines et touristiques, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada

Jana Zdrahalova zdrahjan@fa.cvut.cz 
Faculty of Architecture, Czech Technical University in Prague


Description of the Working Group

Residential environments are designed and restructured by people for people. The relationship between residential environments and people is mutual. Residential environments afford functions for and communicate meanings to people through the ways in which they are shaped, and human beings design functions and attach meanings to residential environments through their everyday life and activities. The working group Residential Environments and People focuses on the relationship between people and residential environments from the perspective of the individual. People’ attitudes, perceptions, preferences, values, choices and evaluations of the features and qualities of residential environments provide us with important information on the ways in which residential environments are used and (re)shaped. Such information may well provide a better understanding of the mechanisms behind residential preference and choice, values associated with residential environments, residential satisfaction, the quality of residential environments, the meaning of place, and the design of residential environments.


Plans for the Workshop in Athens

We welcome contributions related to the topics indicated in the description of the Working Group.

20.Social Housing and Globalisation


Working Group Coordinators

Christoph Reinprecht christoph.reinprecht@univie.ac.at
Institute for Sociology, University of Vienna, Austria

Sasha Tsenkova tsenkova@ucalgary.ca
Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary, Canada

Claire Levy-Vroelant clevyvroelant@gmail.com
Centre de recherche sur l’Habitat, University of Paris 8-Saint-Denis, France


Description of the Working Group

We study issues related to globalisation and its consequences for policies and social practices concerning social housing. Societal changes appear to be at the core of transformation taking place in the field of social housing and, more broadly, in the field of public actions related to housing. While housing policies are redefining themselves at different scales and under new values and norms, it appears quite clearly that the “European model”, somehow outdated, is under redefinition in the different national frames, and also challenged on a worldwide scale. It is definitely to be revised thanks to broader approaches including other continents’ experiences of “local welfare”.

Housing policies are redefined “between local and global”, displacing the debate on path dependence and engaging new types of partnerships, conflicts, negotiations. Politicians at different levels develop answers while participating in reconfigurations that involve many stakeholders and actors, including the state, organisations, institutions, banks, political parties and unions, local authorities, housing associations, lobbies, and inhabitants. In other words, social housing continues to provide political responses to societal changes.


Plans for the Workshop in Athens

The Working Group encourages discussion of issues related to globalisation and its consequences for policies and social practices concerning social housing. We welcome comparative and collaborative case studies and projects that bring different levels of analysis together—from local to global. We are particularly interested in partnerships in the provision process of social housing. Papers/research contributions focusing on the nature of multi-agency collaborations in social housing (design, build, finance, operate) are welcome. Partnerships capitalise on the effective role of the public sector in the mobilization of resources, the efficiencies of private agencies in the development process (design, build) and the hybridity of the non-profit institutions (management, service delivery). The alignment of policy instruments—regulatory, fiscal and financial—is an important determinant of the ability of partnerships to deliver adequate, affordable and sustainable housing.


Additional joint workshop:

Partnerships for Affordable Rental Housing

21. Social Housing: Institutions, Organisations and Governance


Working Group Coordinators

David Mullins D.W.Mullins@bham.ac.uk
Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, University of Birmingham, UK

Anita Blessing A.Blessing@bham.ac.uk
Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, University of Birmingham, UK


This year the working group welcomes abstracts on the full range of topics within our remit which includes:


  • Housing as a system / network
  • The dynamics of institutional and organisational transformations in social and affordable housing
  • Governance and regulation of social and affordable housing
  • Innovations in affordable housing governance and finance


In addition we are convening some joint workshop sessions with the Collaborative Housing Working Group on the following topic:



(see separate joint call for details)

22. Social Mix and Housing


This is a special workshop not sponsored by an ENHR Working Group. 


Workshop Coordinators

Dr Iris Levin  ilevin@swin.edu.au
Centre for Urban Transitions, Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia

Associate Professor Kathy Arthurson  kathy.arthurson@flinders.edu.au
Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity, Flinders University of SA, Adelaide, Australia


Comparative studies on redevelopment programs for socially mixed communities through housing

This workshop focuses on urban neighbourhoods and local communities. We are interested in the topic of social engineering of social mix policies through housing, from all key stakeholders’ perspectives – government and policy perspectives, service and NGOs perspectives, and residents’ perspectives.

Specific aspects could include social mix as a stated aim or social mix as a by-product of a deconcentrating poverty policy and could include different scales of policies and programs such as the estate, the neighbourhood, metropolitan or national scale. The focus can be on social mix through public housing redevelopment or private housing redevelopment.


Plans for the Workshop in Athens

We welcome papers that deal with the policy, design, implementation and lived experience of social mix through housing in different contexts/countries. The premise of the workshop is to explore how this idea of social mix manifests in different cities and neighbourhoods through various policies and programs.


Contact: Dr Iris Levin  ilevin@swin.edu.au


23. Southern European Housing


Working Group Coordinators

Elena Bargelli elena.bargelli@unipi.it
Dipartimento di Scienze politiche, Universita di Pisa, Italy

Sandra Marques Pereira ssgmp@iscte.pt
ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal

Thorsten Heitkamp thorsten.heitkamp@udo.edu
NRW.BANK, Düsseldorf, Germany


Description of the Working Group

The central themes of the Southern European Housing Working Group include but are not limited to the following topics:

  • Local housing markets and global financialization: trends and impacts
  • Housing market paths after the boom – learning from the past, thinking of the future (lessons learnt: dealing with the overstock, new construction versus existing housing stock, territorial impacts, etc.)
  • Vulnerability and affordability of housing: consequences (foreclosures, non-performing mortgages, negative equity, homelessness, etc.), vulnerable groups and coping strategies (individual/familiar versus financial sector, government, civil society movements);
  • Future of social housing: heading towards marginalization or to a more important role in affordable housing provision?
  • Homeownership and renting: changing roles and perceptions
  • Housing law and affordable housing provision: corrective function / preventive function of housing law;
  • Mobility, residential trajectories and territorial dynamics: emerging patterns and regional specificities;
  • Southern European housing models and residential architecture in a global context: special features and in terms of competitiveness they possess;
  • Urban mass tourism and impacts on housing
  • Housing in former overseas territories: coping with difficult framework conditions
  • Housing and the new left: theory and practice in recent years


Plans for the Workshop in Athens

We welcome contributions related to the topics indicated in the description of the Working Group.

24. Towards Sustainable Communities and Housing


Working Group Coordinators

Montserrat Pareja Eastaway mpareja@ub.edu
Department of Economics, University of Barcelona, Spain

Jesper Ole Jensen joj@sbi.aau.dk
Danish Building Research Institute, Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark

Nessa Winston Nessa.winston@ucd.ie
School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, University College Dublin, Ireland


Description of the Working Group

The Working Group focuses on policies, programs, actions and progress towards achieving sustainable solutions for communities, with housing as a central axis in the topic area, The aim is to more space for discussion and reflection to issues related to housing and urban sustainability. These issues include the following:

  • sustainable communities from an international perspective: policies, programs actions;
  • climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies relating to housing (e.g. flooding and drought management; heat islands);
  • environmental justice and strategies to address the needs of vulnerable groups;
  • low carbon transitions;
  • fuel poverty;
  • smart solutions for sustainable housing and cities;
  • new urbanism;
  • eco-villages; and
  • governance as related to any of the aforementioned issues.


Plans for the Workshop in Athens

We welcome contributions related to the topics indicated in the description of the Working Group.

25. Welfare Policy, Homelessness, and Social Exclusion  (WELPHASE)


Working Group Coordinators

Evelyn Dyb (principal and corresponding coordinator 2019)


OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University, Institute for Urban and Regional Research, Norway

Joe Finnerty


University College Cork, School of Applied Social Studies, Ireland

Social mix and housing

Magdalena Mostowska


University of Warsaw, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, Poland

Yoshihiro Okamoto



Chukyo University, School of Business and Public Policies, Japan

Established in 2004, the WELPHASE WG has in all subsequent years offered a workshop at the ENHR conferences. In the initial phase, homelessness was the core focus of the Working Group. Increasing awareness of the relationships between homelessness and housing, social exclusion and welfare policy, is reflected in the papers presented at more recent WELPHASE workshops. Thus, the papers usually reflect a considerable thematic diversity, albeit framed by the overarching focus of the WG on homelessness, housing, social exclusion, and welfare policy.


Plans for the Workshop in Athens:

We look forward to receiving a broad range of papers concerning welfare policy, homelessness and housing exclusion along with current interests of the researchers, and hope to have a fruitful discussion on those issues in a comparative perspective. We would particularly welcome papers and presentations dealing with different contexts of homelessness and social exclusion/inclusion in Southern Europe.

26. Housing and Social Theory


Workshop Contact Persons

Julie Lawson julie.lawson@rmit.edu.au

Centre for Urban Research, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

Hannu Ruonavaara hanruona@utu.fi

Department of Social Research/Sociology, University of Turku


Plans for the Workshop in Athens:

We welcome contributions that further debates on all theoretical and related methodological aspects of housing research across the social, cultural, economic and behavioural sciences, including but not limited to research concerning aging, child development, consumption, education, employment, environmental quality, gender, homelessness and deprivation, local participation, market forces, neighbourhoods, politics, public health, social policy, urban issues and welfare provision.

27. Joint Workshop: Social Housing: Institutions, Organisations and Governance


Workshop Contact Persons

David Mullins D.W.Mullins@bham.ac.uk
Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, University of Birmingham, UK

Darinka Czischke d.k.czischke@tudelft.nl
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands


The scope, benefits and limits to the use of social enterprise and social innovation models in meeting housing need.
The co-existence of low levels of social housing provision, high levels of demand for affordable homes, empty homes and underinvestment in private housing are features of many cities in Southern Europe including Athens. In recognition of recent social innovations in housing in Athens, we plan to organise one or two joint workshop sessions on the theme ‘social enterprise and social innovation in meeting housing need’.


These sessions will explore the scope, benefits and limits to the social use of private rentals and renovation of empty homes to meet housing needs of low income and vulnerable groups such as new migrants and homeless people in European cities and regions. Abstracts are welcomed for evidence-based papers exploring:


  • Social Investment and the ‘new social housing’: how can non-state funding be attracted to expand social and affordable housing supply in the informal sector?
  • Social enterprise and collaborative housing: How can commercial and market-oriented activities help sustain the social goals in collaborative housing? What is the connection between collaborative housing and social enterprise fields, such as work integration (WISE), welfare services, culture and leisure activities? What is the role of social entrepreneurs as initiators and promoters of collaborative housing projects?
  • Collaborative housing through the lens of social innovation: How can collaborative housing projects transform social relations in and beyond local communities? How does housing policy support social innovations through collaborative housing?
  • Bottom-up practices and strategies: how do community actors and end-users collaborate with institutional stakeholders to mobilise under-utilised real estate to meet housing needs?
  • Governance Innovations: how can municipal authorities mobilise social enterprise to fill gaps in social and affordable housing provision?
  • Social Lettings Agencies: organizational models and social outcomes for managed access to private rental housing for low income groups, homeless people and new migrants
  • Empty Homes: the role of social enterprises in renovation of empty property and reuse as affordable homes to meet housing need.


Abstract submitters are referred to the following clarification of terminology used in this call: The EMES definition of social enterprise as a continuous economic activity, minimum amount of paid work and significant level of economic risk. Given the substantial number of smaller, one-off projects, the first two dimensions can be a bit problematic in the context of collaborative housing. www.emes.net. Social innovation is defined by Moulaert and TEPSIE to include at least two of the following dimension: satisfaction of social needs, changes in social relations (e.g. governance), empowerment (through resource access). https://ec.europa.eu/research/social-sciences/pdf/policy_reviews/social_innovation_trigger_for_transformations.pdf. The ‘new social housing’ here refers to initiatives to secure and manage accommodation to meet housing needs to fill gaps in traditional welfare states. This may include provision by the ‘informal sector’ – non-state, non-market actions from civil society actors.

28. Joint Workshop: Collaborative housing practices and policies for refugees across Europe


The working group


would like to issue an additional Call for Abstracts for a joint workshop together with the ENHR working group


Across Europe we are witnessing  an increasing number of projects and practices in which the housing refugees issue is dealt by promoting collaborative housing. These experiences are important and relevant forms of social innovation,therefore the Working group would like to devote a special section on contributions on this aspect. Abstract on this theme will be very welcome.