Housing: crises and alternatives

Wednesday June 15
At 09:00–15:00
The right to housing: getting rid of the excuses not to guarantee it
University of Helsinki’s Think Corner

Registration required

Target group:
Academics and everyone interested in the research of housing

Event description:
Housing, especially for poor and working-class households is often inadequate, overcrowded, and unaffordable. Experiences of housing displacement and outright evictions are common. Rather than secure personal places that allow households to become embedded in communities and rooted in neighbourhoods, housing is a source of anxiety, uncertainty and precarity for many urban dwellers. Major societal crisis, such as financial crisis, the pandemic, and climate crisis made these experiences more visible and prominent in the scholarly and policy agenda; however, the history of housing crisis especially in the big cities has a long durée. In these panels we will discuss and highlight the longevity of housing crisis by focusing on social housing practices and alternatives in Europe.   

This event includes two seminar sessions that present topical research results on social housing as well as multidisciplinary panel discussions. These sessions present scientific knowledge in an accessible form and invite experts from other sectors to learn new perspectives and join the discussion.

In both sessions, our researchers will discuss the following questions:

  1. Who is social housing for?
  2. In the context of your research, if you had the chance to improve one thing in the system of social housing provision, what would it be?
  3. What are the main shortcomings of the contemporary housing system, and what would be its alternative?

Morning 09:00–11:00
Housing policy failures and tenant voices: Evidence from Europe part 1


Afternoon 13:00–15:00
Housing policy failures and tenant voices: Evidence from Europe part 2


Location address: University of Helsinki's Think Corner, Yliopistokatu 4, 00100 Helsinki

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Organizer's contact details:
University of Helsinki
Iiris Koivulehto