11. Housing in Developing Countries

Working Group Coordinators

Yurdanur Düglero─člu 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 Uppsala

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.