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East European Housing & Urban Policy

Created in 1990

Coordinators

Sasha Tsenkova
Professor of International Development
University of Calgary
Faculty of Environmental Design
Canada
tsenkova@ucalgary.ca
Richard Sendi
Head of Housing Studies
Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia
Ljubljana, Slovenia
richards@uirs.si

Central themes
The central focus of this Working Group has been on housing policy reforms, rental housing, privatisation, social housing programs and multi-family housing refurbishment in the context of spatial transformation of Central and East European cities.
The working group facilitates a comparative perspectives and exchange of different views on housing reforms in the region. The researchers from different countries present papers on a variety of topics such as comparative evaluation of housing policy reforms, affordability, rental housing provision and house price dynamics. This research is designed to influence the policy dialogue in the scholarly and professional communities as well as to identify directions for action.

Activities in 2017
Members of the group continue to collaborate on the exchange of comparative data and policy studies on housing policy in the region. The working group organised a workshop at the ENHR conference in Tirana. Nine full papers were submitted, which were organised in three workshop sessions. The presentations covered a variety of housing issues ranging from housing policy debates, discussions on social housing situations in different counties, to housing market transformations. It was, however, unfortunate that one of the papers was not presented, due to time constraints that resulted from serious delays in the conference opening programme.

Future Plans
There are plans to organize a WG workshop at the 2018 ENHR conference which will take place in Uppsala. Topics of particular interest will include, among others, recent housing policy orientations and their impact on the characteristic tenure structures, housing affordability after the global financial crisis and the lessons learnt, the new role of the state in the area of housing provision and prospects for the housing market, assuming a future receding of the global financial crisis.
The working group aims at increasing its collaboration with other WGs to enhance comparative research and integration of East European policy issues within the wider European and global research agenda.

Policy Implications
The working group facilitates a comparative perspectives and exchange of different views on housing reforms in the region. The researchers from different countries present papers on a variety of topics such as comparative evaluation of housing policy reforms, affordability, rental housing provision and house price dynamics. This research is designed to influence the policy dialogue in the scholarly and professional communities as well as to identify directions for action for policymakers.