Posted on Thursday 7th November 2013
Board members and chief executives from Danish Housing Association in Odense
Professor David Mullins and Natasha Williams (doctoral research student), recently assisted a group of board members and chief executives from Danish housing associations in Odense, with a fact-finding visit to Birmingham on the roles played by housing associations and community-led organisations in regeneration. Visits to Birmingham City Council, Midland Heart, Castle Vale Community Housing Association and Witton Lodge Community Association, provided much food for thought; and valuable links for the Housing and Community Research Group's own work on tenant-led co-operatives; the subject of Natasha's PhD.
Students from Japan
Visiting Professor, Yoshinobu Kikuchi, together with David Mullins, recently welcomed four of Associate Professor Kikuchi's students from Japan for a visit of self-help housing projects in London. The group visited PHASES in South London which has brought into use a large property that had been empty for 20 years to provide two large flats, drawing on funding from the Empty Homes Community Grants Programme. PHASES is now working on accommodation above a shop owned by the same landlord to provide further accommodation. The students asked a range of questions about the community-led approach to empty homes.
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