IASS academic attends European Network for Housing Research (ENHR) in Tarragona

Posted on Tuesday 6th August 2013

This year’s ENHR conference theme was ‘Overcoming the Crisis: Integrating the Urban Environment’ attended by around 400 researchers. Professor David Mullins, from the Institute of Applied Social Studies (IASS), convened a workshop on Social Housing: Institutions, Organisations and Governance; with seven sessions organised around three themes: 

  • Self-help and civil participation in the post-crisis housing market (6 papers) 
  • Housing Policy: reforms and regimes (10 papers)
  • Organisations and governance (9 papers)

The workshop included a total of 25 presentations from 12 countries (Belgium, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Netherland, Portugal, Russia, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States).

Conclusions from the workshop discussions were that:

  • The crisis is defined for us not so much by severity of impact as by the absence of solutions, old models are broken and have not been replaced.
  • The crisis has created some opportunities for civil society organisations to become more directly involved in housing themselves. These initiatives can make a small but important contribution to solutions.
  • Large Hybrid housing organisations have found it difficult to develop independent responses to the crisis - they have found the state and market dependencies even stronger.
  • The crisis has created some short term opportunities for housing organisations to get cheap acquisitions from bankrupt builders and some benefits from early stimulus spending programmes - but in the longer term the foundations of hybrid models of providing social and affordable housing such as cross subsidy and trading have been undermined.

More information

If you would like more information about Housing and Communities research, please contact David Mullins, d.w.mullins@bham.ac.uk.

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