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East European Housing & Urban Policy

Created in 1990

Coordinators

Sasha Tsenkova
Professor of International Development
University of Calgary
Faculty of Environmental Design
Canada
tsenkova@ucalgary.ca
Richard Sendi
Head of Housing Studies
Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia
Ljubljana, Slovenia
richards@uirs.si

Central themes
The central focus of this Working Group has been on housing policy reforms, rental housing, privatisation, social housing programs and multi-family housing refurbishment in the context of spatial transformation of Central and East European cities.

Past Activities and Results
Members of the group continue to collaborate on the exchange of comparative data and policy studies on housing policy in the region. The working group organised a workshop at the ENHR conference in Belfast with papers that presented research on housing reforms, energy efficiency programs in housing estates, housing market challenges and housing programs in several countries in the region. Members of the group are collaborating on a special issue journal, The Future of Public Housing, featuring international perspectives.

Future Plans
There are plans to organize several sessions at the ENHR conference in Tirana. Some topics of particular interest are social housing, new developments in housing finance, strategies to encourage rehabilitation of multi-family housing and housing market responses to the financial crisis. The working group aims at increasing its collaboration with other WG to enhance comparative research and integration of East European policy issues within the wider European and global research agenda

Policy Implications
The working group facilitates a comparative perspectives and exchange of different views on housing reforms in the region. The researchers from different countries present papers on a variety of topics such as comparative evaluation of housing policy reforms, affordability, rental housing provision and house price dynamics. This research is designed to influence the policy dialogue in the scholarly and professional communities as well as to identify directions for action for policymakers.