24. Social Housing: Institutions, Organisations and Governance

Working Group Coordinators

Gerard van Bortel G.A.vanBortel@tudelft.nl
Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Nicky Morrison nm10001@cam.ac.uk
Department of Land Economy, Cambridge University, UK

David Mullins D.W.Mullins@bham.ac.uk
Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, University of Birmingham, UK

Anita Blessing A.Blessing@bham.ac.uk
Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, University of Birmingham, UK

Description of the Working Group

The overall objective of the working group is to explore and develop concepts for analysing institutional and organisational change and dynamics in affordable housing provision. Government policies, management reforms and rapidly changing social and economic contexts have placed new expectations on social and public landlords. In addition, policies encouraging partnering with the private sector and/or direct private market provision of social/public housing have blurred the lines between public and private housing activities. The processes and outcomes relating to these changes are the main focus for participants in this working group. Three main themes have emerged out of our workshops and international collaborations to date:

1. Housing as a system / network: understanding housing provision as a network of interrelated organisational activities which both respond to and help to shape the changing social, economic, environmental, technological and political context in which housing bodies operate. The application of theoretical frameworks such as policy and governance networks, complex adaptive systems and organisational learning generate new insights into the key factors and processes that affect organisational behaviour and systems/network outcomes.

2. The dynamics of institutional and organisational transformations: understanding how institutional and organisational behaviour at different levels of analysis (e.g. individuals, teams, organisations, sectors, systems) develops as housing organisations pursue their various values, purposes and objectives in response to internal and external stimuli. Innovation, competition, co-operation, learning, expansion and diversification are just a few examples of the types of processes that have been discussed by participants as they seek to describe the key drivers of organisational change. Organisational logics and organisational cultures help to understand the different ways in which housing organisations respond to and manage change.

3. Governance and regulation of housing: the impact of changing forms of regulation and system governance on housing organisations; approaches to corporate governance within housing organisations and the roles of internal and external stakeholders in governance processes; the democratic anchorage and accountability of housing organisations; resident involvement and local community accountability.

Plans for the Workshop in Uppsala

Building on last year’s emerging topics of financialisation, residualisation and privatisation, and the themes of the ENHR 2018 conference, we especially invite contributions that are related the following themes:

  • migration, densification and segregation and the role of social housing organisations, institutions, and governance arrangements.
  • the impact of financialisation and privatisation in social housing provision on affordability, availability and quality.
  • the role of organisational and institutional change (e.g. mergers, networks, alliances, partnerships, supply chains) and governance arrangements (e.g. regulation, policy interventions) in mitigating problems of housing affordability, availability and quality.

Additional joint workshop:

Partnerships for Affordable Rental Housing