25. Southern European Housing

Working Group Coordinators

Elena Bargelli elena.bargelli@unipi.it
Dipartimento di Scienze politiche, Universita di Pisa, Italy

Sandra Marques Pereira ssgmp@iscte.pt
ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal

Thorsten Heitkamp Thorsten.heitkamp@udo.edu
NRW.BANK, Düsseldorf, Germany

Description of the Working Group

The central themes of this WG include but are not limited to:

  • housing market paths after the bust - learning from the past, thinking of the future: trends and facts, possible policy implications;
  • coping with vulnerability and affordability in housing: consequences (foreclosures, non-performing mortgages, negative equity, homelessness, etc.), risk factors / groups and coping strategies (individual / familiar versus institutional action – financial sector, government activities, civil society movements);
  • public housing policies in an era of shrinking welfare states and weak national governments;
  • the future of social housing: heading towards marginalization or a more important role in affordable housing provision;
  • the real estate sector after the boom (lessons learnt: dealing with the overstock, new construction versus investment in the existing housing stock, territorial impacts, impact on different professions, etc.);
  • emerging practices and perceptions in tenure status: homeownership and renting;
  • legislative regulation: corrective function / preventive function;
  • exploring Southern European housing models and residential architecture in a global context: the special features in terms of competitiveness they possess;
  • mobility, residential trajectories and territorial dynamics: emerging patterns and regional specificities;
  • dealing with financial stress in the housing systems: access to mortgage credit and homeownership, borrowers with repayment difficulties;
  • housing in former overseas territories: coping with difficult framework conditions; and
  • housing and the new left: theory and practice in recent years.

Plans for the Workshop in Uppsala

We welcome contributions related to the topics indicated in the description of the Working Group.