23. Social Housing and Globalisation

Working Group Coordinators

Christoph Reinprecht christoph.reinprecht@univie.ac.at
Institute for Sociology, University of Vienna, Austria

Sasha Tsenkova tsenkova@ucalgary.ca
Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary, Canada

Claire Levy-Vroelant clevyvroelant@gmail.com
Centre de recherche sur l’Habitat, University of Paris 8-Saint-Denis, France

Description of the Working Group

We study issues related to globalisation and its consequences for policies and social practices concerning social housing. Societal changes appear to be at the core of transformation taking place in the field of social housing and, more broadly, in the field of public actions related to housing. While housing policies are redefining themselves at different scales and under new values and norms, it appears quite clearly that the “European model”, somehow outdated, is under redefinition in the different national frames, and also challenged on a worldwide scale. It is definitely to be revised thanks to broader approaches including other continents’ experiences of “local welfare”.

Housing policies are redefined “between local and global”, displacing the debate on path dependence and engaging new types of partnerships, conflicts, negotiations. Politicians at different levels develop answers while participating in reconfigurations that involve many stakeholders and actors, including the state, organisations, institutions, banks, political parties and unions, local authorities, housing associations, lobbies, and inhabitants. In other words, social housing continues to provide political responses to societal changes.

Plans for the Workshop in Uppsala

The Working Group encourages discussion of issues related to globalisation and its consequences for policies and social practices concerning social housing. We welcome comparative and collaborative case studies and projects that bring different levels of analysis together—from local to global. We are particularly interested in partnerships in the provision process of social housing. Papers/research contributions focusing on the nature of multi-agency collaborations in social housing (design, build, finance, operate) are welcome. Partnerships capitalise on the effective role of the public sector in the mobilization of resources, the efficiencies of private agencies in the development process (design, build) and the hybridity of the non-profit institutions (management, service delivery). The alignment of policy instruments—regulatory, fiscal and financial—is an important determinant of the ability of partnerships to deliver adequate, affordable and sustainable housing.

Additional joint workshop:

Partnerships for Affordable Rental Housing