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A Research Agenda for Housing

Edited by Markus Moos, School of Planning, University of Waterloo, Canada
Housing is one of the most pertinent issues of our time. Shaped by rapid urbanization, financialization, and various changes in demography, technology, political ideology and public policy, the provision of affordable, adequate, and suitable housing has become an increasingly challenging feat. From high-rise apartment towers constructed in global cities around the world to informal settlements rapidly expanding across the global south, this volume focuses on how political, economic, and societal changes are shaping housing in a variety of contexts.
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Publication Date: July 2019
ISBN: 978 1 78811 650 3
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Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.

Housing issues have become a defining feature of our time. The capacity to affordably, securely, and sustainably house a growing, urbanizing population has become a pressing issue for policy makers worldwide. A Research Agenda for Housing sets the tone for debates relating to housing, featuring cutting-edge research from leading and emerging scholars.

This impressive work seeks to understand the complexity of housing through the lens of its most pertinent debates. Using examples and case studies from around the world, the contributors tackle housing rights, financialization, mortgage markets, public housing, sustainability, and affordability policies, considering housing in its larger societal and historical contexts. With a strong focus on the practical implications of housing research, this diverse book takes a critical approach to housing research, seeking to dissect and understand the nuances of homeownership, renting, liveability and vulnerability in the 21st century.

Featuring a broad summary of the state of knowledge of housing, this book is vital reading for both established scholars and graduates of urban studies and planning in need of an overview of the current state of housing research. Public policy makers from across the world will also benefit from the policy implications and recommendations provided by the contributors.
‘The housing question has come back as a major issue in our so-called advanced economies. High-income households have a vast choice while the traditional middle classes have been losing options at a rapidly growing pace. In A Research Agenda for Housing, Markus Moos brings together a strong group of experts who engage the subject and shows us options that we must pursue if we are to ensure a reasonable housing market for a majority of households. A must read!’
– Saskia Sassen, Columbia University, US, author of Expulsions

‘The contributors to this volume provide an extremely important interdisciplinary perspective to one of the most important social, economic, and public policy questions of our time – how to provide decent shelter to the masses of people who cannot purchase it in the private market. They look at the question through the lens of international comparisons, identifying causes and some approaches to addressing it, bearing in mind that housing is inseparable from general issues of the capitalist political economy.’
– Susan S. Fainstein, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, author of The Just City

‘This collection of essays offers a very welcome, creative and novel take on the contemporary housing question. The editor correctly identifies housing as being pivotal to the shaping of the political events and economic vicissitudes of the early 21st century. A provocative and engaging read with a good mix of established and new scholars.’
– Ray Forrest, University of Bristol, UK
Contributors include: M.B. Aalbers, M. August, P. Calogero, K.L. Cheung, V. Cornell, R. Damhuis, N. Dangol, J. Day, J. Dean, D. Faulkner, S. Godfrey, N. Gurran, C. Hochstenbach, J. Hohmann, N. Lauster, M. Moos, S. Musterd, K. Regier, P. Tiwari, R. Tomlinson, S. Tually, W. Van Gent, A. Walks, J. Wegmann, H. Wu
Contents:

PART I INTRODUCTION
1. Housing Today
Markus Moos

PART II HOUSING IN THE 21ST CENTURY
2. Right to Housing
Jessie Hohmann

3. Housing and Financialization
Manuel B. Aalbers

4. Affordability and Housing Policy in the World’s Cities: Excavating the Global Housing Bubble
Alan Walks

5. Affordable Homeownership and Mortgage Markets in an International Context
Piyush Tiwari

6. How Urban Regimes Produce and Manage Informality: Insights from Three Different Cases of Informal Housing
Pietro Calogero, Jennifer Day, and Neeraj Dangol

PART III HOUSING TRENDS AND POLICIES
7. One Policy, Two Paths: The Development of a Chinese National Housing Policy and its Implementation in Chongqing and Shenzhen
Ka Ling Cheung, Jennifer Day, Hao Wu, and Richard Tomlinson

8. Social Mix and the Death of Public Housing
Martine August

9. Housing Vulnerable Populations in Australia and Beyond
Debbie Faulkner, Selina Tually, and Victoria Cornell

10. Sustainable Housing
Sarah Godfrey, Jennifer Dean, and Kristen Regier

11. The Regional and Local Dynamics of Life Course and Housing
Rik Damhuis, Wouter van Gent, Cody Hochstenbach, and Sako Musterd

PART IV HOUSING FUTURES
12. What’s Livable? Comparing Concepts and Metrics for Housing and Livability
Nathanael Lauster

13. Sharing Housing: Is There an App for That?
Jake Wegmann

14. Innovations in Affordability Policies
Nicole Gurran

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