WS-01 Comparative Housing Policy

Not organising a conference workshop.

WS-02 East European Housing & Urban Policy

- József Hegedüs, Metropolitan Research Institute, HUNGARY.
- Sasha Tsenkova, International Development, University of Calgary, CANADA.

WS-03 Home Ownership and Globalisation on the Workshops

Not organising a conference workshop.

WS-04 Housing & Living Conditions of Ageing Populations

-Marianne Abramsson, National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life (NISAL), Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Linköping University, SWEDEN.
-Sarah Hillcoat-Nallétamby, Centre for Innovative Ageing (CIA), Swansea University, School of Human and Health Sciences, GREAT BRITAIN.
- Aleid Brouwer, University Groningen, THE NETHERLANDS.
- Blanca Deusdad, Rovira i Virgili University, SPAIN.

WS-05  Housing and Urban Sustainability

- Eli Støa, Department of Architectural Design & Management, Norwegian University of Science & Technology, NORWAY.
- Nessa Winston, University College Dublin, IRELAND.

We welcome contributions dealing with a broad number of issues related to sustainable communities such as policies, practices, outcomes etc. More particularly we are interested in papers dealing with densification / compact cities and quality of life / social sustainability from an interdisciplinary perspective. We would also like to use the opportunity when we meet to discuss a potential common publication on Sustainable Housing/Communities in Europe.


WS-06 Housing Economics

- Michael Ball, Department of Real Estate & Planning, University of Reading Business School, GREAT BRITAIN.
- Viggo Nordvik, NOVA – Norwegian Social Research, NORWAY.
- Edwin Deutsch, University of Technology, AUSTRIA.

WS-07 Housing Finance

- Stefan Kofner, Faculty of the Built Environment, Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz, GERMANY.
- Jens Lunde, Department of Finance, Copenhagen Business School, DENMARK.
- Christine Whitehead, Cam­bridge Centre for Housing & Planning Research, University of Cambridge, GREAT BRITAIN.

WS-08 Housing in Developing Countries

- Claudio Acioly Jr., United Nations Human Settlements Programme, Un-Habitat, KENYA.
- Gülden Erkut, Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, TURKEY.
- Kosta Mathéy, PAR/TUD, GERMANY.
- Chris Watson, School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham, GREAT BRITAIN.
- Yurdanur Dügleroğlu(contact person), Faculty of Architecture, Istanbul Technical University, TURKEY.

The fact that more half of the world’s population lives in urban areas, future population growth is predicted to be concentrated in developing countries. Yet the growth of urbanisation in the developing world has not been matched by a commensurate growth in the supply of decent housing. The shortcomings of policy, lack of political will, limitations of housing finance, poor land anagement in urban areas, lack of security of tenure, and lack of infrastructure and services are just some of the issues that confront citizens and policy-makers in developing countries, and provide a strong theme for research, analysis and action. In developing countries, particularly in their major cities, social and spatial change is very fast, resulting in the segregation of residential areas, and in the deepening social gap in urban society. Case studies, on diverse experiences from various developing countries are expected to contribute to the main theme of ENHR 2014 conference “Beyond globalization”; namely managing metropolitan sprawl and growth, mega housing projects and urban renewal, targeting housing of urban poor, local issues, and resilient cities.

In line with the conference theme of “Housing, Local Welfare and Local Markets in a Global Context”, and in response to the call from UN-Habitat for a new global housing strategy to the year 2025, workshop papers are invited in the following or related areas: housing policies and sustainable urbanisation; access to land and housing; urban governance and management; informal settlements and city-wide regularisation; housing finance for low-income groups; and housing transformation.

WS-09 Housing Regeneration and Maintenance 

- Nico Nieboer, TU Delft, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, OTB – Research for the Built Environment,, THE NETHERLANDS.
- Sasha Tsenkova, International Development & Planning, Univer­sity of Calgary, CANADA.
- André F. Thomsen, TU Delft, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, OTB – Research for the Built Environment,  THE NETHERLANDS.

The workshop concentrates on the latest developments in regeneration and maintenance of the existing (and ageing) housing stock.

Special attention is devoted to what seems to be the end of restructuring. Restructuring was generally legitimised as a means to deconcentrate urban poverty and to create mixed-income neighbourhoods. The current stock was regarded as partly out-of-date and had to modernised, because housing demand had changed: people were able to pay more, and were also prepared to pay for larger and more luxurious dwellings. With the downturn of regeneration activities, it seems that these arguments have become something of the past. We can ask ourselves if this is a desirable change or not.

Contributions are welcomed that focus on one or more of the following questions:

-        What is the impact of the global financial crisis (GFC) in output terms (e.g. investment capacity, housing production)?

-        If yesterday’s regeneration/restructuring was meant to improve the ‘average’ quality of the housing stock, must we now expect an ‘average’ deterioration of the housing stock?

-        Next to purely financial drivers, there are also other change factors at stake, such as government policies and regulations affecting the housing sector. Examples are the delineation of the target group of the not-for-profit sector (who has access to social housing?) and the conditions for obtaining public funding for housing developments. What were, in the last five years, the main factors for the development and regeneration of the housing stock at the local level?

WS-10 Land Markets and Housing Policy

- Daniëlle Groetelaers, TU Delft, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, OTB – Research for the Built Environment,  THE NETHERLANDS.
- Willem Korthals Altes, TU Delft, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, OTB – Research for the Built Environment, THE NETHERLANDS.
- Berit Nordahl, Norwegian Univeristy of Life Sciences, NORWAY.

This working group addresses land markets for housing. We welcome contributions assessing the workings of land markets in relation to housing, as well as the nature of, and the effect of regulations and interventions.  Land is required for renewal and expansion of the housing stock, and apart from the price and amenities of this land, its location will largely determine the ‘geography of opportunity’ of future tenants and buyers and their chances of social inclusion in urban society. Resulting from the interplay between market forces and national policies for (social) housing, spatial planning and land use, the way land for housing is being provided varies largely across countries, sometimes evoking clashes with EU rules of the common market. International comparison and exchange may bring up suggestions for improving some of these national policies and practices. And – wherever such rules apply – it may help to find an effective balance between national land-related policies supporting social and affordable housing and the EU rules on State support and fair competition.

This year the working group aims to pave the ground for publishing comparative articles in a scientific journal on the role of local authorities in providing land for housing.  We especially invite papers based on current research relating to

-          questions relating to house building on  private-owned versus public owned land

-          the variations in policies of land assembly for housing provision

-          the variations of  land disposal, i.e.,  to whom and by which specifications

Reviewing different policies, their reasons and effects are important for deepening our understanding of the intersection between land policies and housing policies. That is why we would like to reserve one part of this working group for discussing the possibility of joint publishing. The rest of the working group will be open for other papers and presentations related to land and housing.

WS-11 Legal Aspects of Residence and Rights

- Jane Ball, Newcastle University. GREAT BRITAIN.
- Padraic Kenna, National University of Ireland, Centre for Housing Law Rights and Policy, School of Law, IRELAND.
- Julian Sidoli del Ceno, Birmingham City University, GREAT BRITAIN.

WS-12 Metropolitan Dynamics: Urban Change, Markets and Governance

- Glen Bramley, School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, GREAT BRITAIN.
- Iván Tosics, Metropolitan Research Institute, Budapest, HUNGARY.

WS-13 Migration, Residential Mobility & Housing Policy

- Maarten van Ham, TU Delft, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, OTB – Research for the Built Environment,  THE NETHERLANDS.
- Lina Hedman, Institute for Housing and Urban Research, Gävle, SWEDEN.
- David Manley, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, UNITED KINGDOM.

WS-14 Minority Ethnic Groups and Housing

- Sule Özüekren, Faculty of Architecture, Istanbul Technical University, TURKEY.
- Gideon Bolt, Urban and Regional Research Centre Utrecht, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, THE NETHERLANDS.

WS-15 Poverty Neighbourhoods

- Jürgen Friedrichs, University of Cologne, Research Institute for Sociology, GERMANY.
- George C. Galster, Wayne State University, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, UNITED STATES.

WS-16 Private Rented Markets

- Aideen Hayden, University College Dublin, IRELAND. Email:
- Bob Jordan, Threshold, IRELAND.
- Julie Rugg, Centre for Housing Policy, University of York, GREAT BRITAIN.

WS-17 Residential Buildings and Architectural Design

- Birgit Jürgenhake, Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, THE NETHERLANDS.
- Jana Zdrahalova, Czech Technical University, Faculty of Architecture, CZECH REPUBLIC.
- Ahsen Ozsoy, Istanbul Technical University; Faculty of Architecture, TURKEY.

Theme for 2014 Conference: Rethinking Architectural Concepts of Residential Housing
Architectural design of residential buildings and urban design of city public spaces are significantly influenced by those who use the buildings/city and by the way it is managed. Transformations of city parts bring new people in and force others to move out. Current urban and architectural concepts need to be revisited and reconsidered with reference to changing lifestyles, mobility and use of space and new spatial configurations/solutions, in globalising world cities.

The contributions are expected to address both theoretical-methodological and on application-oriented issues. They include, but are not limited to:
• Publicness – how is publicness understood in the public space and residential buildings
• Does publicness shape the image of residential houses and urban design?
• Spatial mix, mix of uses, mix of people in residential architecture and urban design
• Do new forms of ownership and management have an impact on the architectural and urban design of residential buildings and urban space?
• Impact of housing policy and legislation on the architecture of residential buildings and design of public space

WS-18 Residential Context of Health

- Terry Hartig, Institute for Housing & Urban Research, Uppsala University, SWEDEN.
- Roderick Lawrence, Faculty of Social & Economic Sci­ences, University of Geneva, SWITZERLAND.

WS-19 Residential Environments and People

- Henny Coolen, TU Delft, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, OTB – Research for the Built Environment,  THE NETHERLANDS.
- Hélène Bélanger, Département d’études urbaines et touristiques, Ècole des Sciences de la Gestion, Université du Québec à Montréal, CANADA.

The planning and realizing of residential environments is essentially a top down undertaking in which the people whom it concerns are often not consulted. But the relationship between residential environments and people is mutual. Residential environments afford functions for and communicate meanings to people through the ways in which they are shaped, and human beings assign functions and attach meanings to residential environments through their everyday life and activities. It follows that peoples’ experiences of the qualities of residential environments provide us with important information on the way in which residential environments are used and may be (re)shaped. While many housing policies adopt an approach which tends to homogenize environments and consequently also their affordances, local initiatives can contribute to the creation of more unique and better environments from the peoples’ perspective. Therefore, we welcome theoretical and empirical papers addressing a more people-focused approach to the planning and realization of residential environments.

WS-20 Social Housing: Institutions, Organisations and Governance

- Gerard van Bortel, TU Delft, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, THE NETHERLANDS.
- Thomas Knorr-Siedow, Brandenburg Technical University and UrbanPlus Droste, GERMANY.

The working group Social Housing: Institutions, Organisations and Governance is organising a full workgroup programme in Edinburgh, with sessions on institutional, organizational and governance dynamics in social housing. The overall objective of the working group is to explore and develop concepts for analysing institutional and organisational change and dynamics in social and affordable housing provision.

In addition to papers that connect to the core of our working group as described above, we especially invite papers on our main theme for the ENHR 2014 conference: Blurred Boundaries – implications of ‘affordable’ housing policies for organizations, institutions and governance. The term ‘affordable housing’ is heard more and more often, and is used by policymakers to describe new types of state-supported rental housing, often at sub-market rents, that may lack some of the features of traditional social or public housing. But what are the implications for tenants, providers and investors? How does its meaning vary across different national contexts?

WS-21 Welfare Policy, Homelessness, and Social Exclusion

- Evelyn Dyb, Norwegian In­stitute for Urban & Regional Research (NIBR), NORWAY.
- Joe Finnerty, Dept. of Applied Social Studies, Housing Research Project, University College, IRELAND.

WS-22 Energy Efficiency and Environmental Sustainability of Housing

- Ebru Ergöz Karahan, Istanbul Commerce University, TURKEY.
- Henk Visscher, TU Delft, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, OTB – Research for the Built Environment,  THE NETHERLANDS.
- Catalina Turcu, Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, UNITED KINGDOM.

The housing sector is responsible for a large share of the total global use of energy and so, it has a significant and negative impact on the environmental. Since energy efficiency and environmental sustainability have become main arenas of debate pursued by governments across the world, the housing sector will have to face to the challenge in terms of planning, design, construction of new housing and renovation and maintenance of the existing stock. Evaluation of the performance of buildings, building materials and services have also come into focus. Today for all actors participating in the housing sector the environmental aspects are getting more attention next to social, cultural, and economic aspects. Thus, the aims of the Working Group are:

- To analyse how environmental sustainability and energy efficiency debates apply to housing debates at different levels i.e. housing production, renovation, maintenance; and evaluate new conceptual frameworks which relate to these;

- To explore different methods, tools and approaches for analysing the energy efficiency and environmental sustainability of housing. Furthermore, the effectiveness of policies and regulatory tools to improve the energy performances and reduce the environmental impact are discussed;

- To provide a forum for debates about linkage between these.

Within the above, some of the following topics could be considered in relation to the energy efficiency and environmental sustainability of housing: Housing Production, Renovation and Maintenance; Building sustainability assessment methods and tools; LCA and LCC; Performance assessment; Actual energy use; Indoor air quality; Regulatory, policies and practices in relation to these issues; and theoretical and methodological aspects associated with energy efficiency and environmental sustainability of housing research.

WS-23 Social Housing and Globalization

Claire Levy-Vroelant, Université de Paris. FRANCE.:
Christoph Reinprecht, University of Vienna, Institute for Sociology, AUSTRIA.
- Viviana Fernandez, University of Chile, CHILE.
- Sasha Tsenkova, International Development, University of Calgary, CANADA.

WS-24 Housing Market Dynamics

Contact: Richard Turkington,