European Network for Housing Research (ENHR)

Posted on Thursday 29th March 2012

privateaccommodationThe Institute of Applied Social Studies (IASS), School of Social Policy, is a corporate member of the European Network for Housing Research (ENHR) which celebrates its 25th anniversary next year and has just launched its new website providing a wealth of information on housing research across the network's 68 institutional members and almost 1,000 individual researchers.

The latest ENHR newsletter includes an editorial on housing wealth by Beverley A Searle, Centre for Housing Research, University of St Andrews with whom the Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM) are currently collaborating, details of research and publications by John Doling through the ENHR Home Ownership and Globalisation Working Group, work by David Mullins through the Social Housing: Institutions, Organisations and Governance Working Group and a lengthy news item on the Third Sector Research Centre.

David Mullins is currently an elected member of the ENHR Co-ordinating Committee and recently attended a committee meeting and policy forum with the new Danish Ministry for Housing, Urban Affairs and Rural Development in Copenhagen. As well as planning future conferences in Lillehammer, Norway later this year and Tarragona, Spain in 2013, the meeting provided some useful insights into policy change and new research by Danish colleagues.

David said "This included (generally downward) house price and construction trends in Scandinavia, policies for selective social housing allocations favouring 'resourceful individuals' (in work) for particular estates - especially those identified as 'ghetto areas' - and evidence of growing numbers of evictions from social housing, particularly of those in rent arrears. All of which left me with the question 'what happens to less resourceful individuals - and what is the purpose of social housing nowadays?"

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Please contact David Mullins, d.w.mullins@bham.ac.uk.