Special Issue "Housing Inequality: Causes and Potential Solutions"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Urban and Rural Development".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2022 | Viewed by 634

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Joris Hoekstra
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Guest Editor
Department of Management in the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, 2628 BL Delft, The Netherlands
Interests: housing systems; housing policy; comparative research
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Dr. Martina Gentili
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Guest Editor
Department of Management in the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, 2628 BL Delft, The Netherlands
Interests: housing sytems; urban development

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In a context of growing housing shortages and affordability problems, housing systems across the world are characterized by increasing inequality. There are cleavages between deprived and gentrified areas, between home owners and tenants, and between younger and older generations. Whilst the roots of these different manifestations of housing inequality are strongly connected to international processes (globalization, urbanization, neo-liberalization, financialization), potential solutions tend to be formulated at the national level and, increasingly, at the local level. This Special Issue intends to provide a comparative state-of-the-art overview of research on housing inequality. For this purpose, we welcome papers that deal with (elements of) the following two research questions.

  1. How does the interplay beween international, national, and local actors and processes result in housing inequality, empirically but also theoretically?
  2. Which new housing solutions (government policies, social innovations, civil society initiatives) can (potentially) combat the different forms of housing inequality, thereby resulting in housing systems that are more affordable, socially sustainable, and inclusive? What is the rationale underlying these solutions? How have they been developed? To what extent are these solutions transferable to other contexts?

We are happy to receive papers from different geographical contexts (Global North, Global South) and different geographical scales (from national level to city level). International comparative papers are particularly welcome. It is important that all submitted papers have a clear theoretical framework that connects to the research questions outlined above.

Dr. Joris Hoekstra
Dr. Martina Gentili
Guest Editors

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  • housing inequality
  • housing solutions
  • transferability
  • national and local housing systems
  • multi-level housing governance

Published Papers

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