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Uncovering Social Sustainability in Housing Systems through the Lens of Institutional Capital: A Study of Two Housing Alliances in Vienna, Austria

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Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering Science, University of Leuven (KU Leuven), 3001 Leuven, Belgium
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Institute of Innovation Management, Johannes Kepler University Linz, 4040 Linz, Austria
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Department of Human Sciences, Bertha von Suttner Private University, 3100 St. Pölten, Austria
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Academic Editors: Iqbal Hamiduddin, M. Reza Shirazi and Daniel Fitzpatrick
Sustainability 2021, 13(17), 9726; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13179726
Received: 16 July 2021 / Revised: 20 August 2021 / Accepted: 23 August 2021 / Published: 30 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Collection Social Sustainability and New Urban Residential Spaces)
This paper analyzes social sustainability in the context of urban housing through the lens of institutional capital. It examines how civil society housing actors co-construct bottom-linked governance arrangements by interacting endogenously with peers and exogenously with institutional actors, such as public housing agencies and elected officials, in order to steer, as housing alliances, socially sustainable residential developments. The paper thus offers an answer to the following two research questions: (1) What are internal governance features that characterize such civil society housing alliances? (2) What are their strategies of interaction with institutional actors in order to promote social sustainability and thus counter exclusionary patterns in urban housing systems? Empirical evidences are drawn from two civil society housing alliances in Austria, ‘BAWO’ (a national alliance of homelessness NGOs) and the ‘Initiative Collaborative Building & Living’. During three research stays in Vienna between 2014 and 2020, data was collected through semi-structured interviews and focus groups with leaders and members of housing alliances, interviews with key institutional stakeholders and web research. By reflecting on the institutional and relational character of the two housing alliances and digging out their potential and limitations in promoting different elements of social sustainability, our paper concludes that social sustainability in housing systems can be realized when it is set as a societal ambition sufficiently politicized by major parties involved in housing systems (housing alliances, governmental authorities of all ideological backgrounds, large non-profit housing developers) that collectively guarantee housing affordability and socio-spatial equity for all. View Full-Text
Keywords: civil society housing alliances; collaborative housing; homelessness NGOs; institutional capital; bottom-linked governance; social sustainability; social housing; non-profit housing; Vienna civil society housing alliances; collaborative housing; homelessness NGOs; institutional capital; bottom-linked governance; social sustainability; social housing; non-profit housing; Vienna
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Paidakaki, A.; Lang, R. Uncovering Social Sustainability in Housing Systems through the Lens of Institutional Capital: A Study of Two Housing Alliances in Vienna, Austria. Sustainability 2021, 13, 9726. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13179726

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Paidakaki A, Lang R. Uncovering Social Sustainability in Housing Systems through the Lens of Institutional Capital: A Study of Two Housing Alliances in Vienna, Austria. Sustainability. 2021; 13(17):9726. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13179726

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Paidakaki, Angeliki, and Richard Lang. 2021. "Uncovering Social Sustainability in Housing Systems through the Lens of Institutional Capital: A Study of Two Housing Alliances in Vienna, Austria" Sustainability 13, no. 17: 9726. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13179726

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