Dipartimento di Scienze politiche
Universita di Pisa
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Faculty of Spatial Planning
Department of Spatial Planning in Europe
|Sandra Marques Pereira
Instituto Universitário de Lisboa
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The central themes 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: what 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
- Workshop at the ENHR annual conference in Tirana 2017.
- Publication of a book series with Pisa University Press/Italy. It will capture perspectives on housing from different disciplinary backgrounds like economics, law, urban sociology, architecture, urban development, et cetera. The publication welcomes contributions on Southern European housing, but remains open to comparative research with other European countries. As a first concrete step the coordinators have recently launched a call for papers that shall deal with 'New Developments in Southern European Housing after the Crisis'.
- National Working Group Meetings (Madrid/Spain in February/March 2017, Italy and Portugal to be determined)
- Coordination group meetings (by Skype, on site to be determined)
- Interactive forum, e.g. for information on new publications
- Regular survey (e. g. twice a year) on the most important research results and publications of the members of the Working Group. Publication on the website of the Working Group and in the ENHR newsletter (if relevant).
- Erasmus agreements as a prerequisite for the exchange of personnel for research / teaching purposes
- Joint comparative research projects to be proposed until the end of 2017 • Increasing the membership base (particularly in South East European countries like Albania, Romania, Bulgaria)
- December 2013: First informal meeting in Görlitz/Germany (funded by DAAD, German Academic Exchange Service)
- March 2014: Official launch of the Southern European Working Group
- October 2014: Working Group meeting in Lisbon (25.10.2014), which addressed following topics:
- Discussion of the final structure of an intended book publication
- Presentation of the website
- Discussion of the Working Group’s research strategy for the years 2015-2020
- Discussion of the of the Working Group’s dissemination strategy and participation in the ENHR Lisbon Conference
Policy implications are expected to be generated especially through national meetings of the Southern European Housing Working Group members. These meeting are aimed at a controversial sharing of research findings, future housing policies and programs, as well as discussions on the interplay of Housing with Urban Development, land use, demographic change, etc. All relevant stakeholders in the field of housing should be invited to these national meetings. Nevertheless, it is still too early to talk about housing policy implications resulting from the work of the working group. This is partly due to the little attention dedicated to Southern European Housing issues by scientists. At this stage the coordinated cooperation of housing experts who work in all areas of housing has led to a higher awareness of the difficult housing situation of parts of the population in Southern European countries. As mentioned, future findings may be incorporated in part in political decision-making processes. However, this requires detailed previous discussion and an intensive exchange of views on housing policy issues in Southern European countries.