1. Collaborative Housing

Working Group Coordinators

Darinka Czischke d.k.czischke@tudelft.nl
Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Richard Lang richard.lang@jku.at
Institute for Innovation Management (IFI), Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria

Claire Carriou ​claire.carriou@u-paris10.fr
Laboratory Mosaïques UMR LAVUE CNRS, University of Paris Ouest Nanterre

Description of the Working Group

The working group focuses on five central themes:

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 take into account include economic and financial downturns and their impact on housing markets and income levels of the population. Technological change 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, for example, can also be regarded as relevant drivers and shaping forces of these initiatives.

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. It also looks at wider stakeholder relationships, networks and collaboration arrangements in which these initiatives take place.

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.

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.

Epistemological frameworks, methods and ethics in collaborative housing research.
Work within this last theme reflects on the specific epistemological and methodological frameworks that are most useful to research the different aspects of collaborative housing. In addition, it takes into account 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.

Plans for the Workshop in Uppsala

We welcome contributions related to the themes indicated in the description of the Working Group. In particular, this year we would like to encourage papers addressing “Collaborative Housing in Nordic countries” (I.e. Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland). Taking advantage of this year’s location, the workshop coordinators are particularly keen to receive abstracts addressing different aspects of collaborative housing in this part of the world, including but not limited to: the specificities of Nordic collaborative housing models; historical trajectories; contemporary trends; international transfer of knowledge and practices; and future perspectives.