The Research Objective of the Urban Housing, Equity and Social Justice area is to understand processes of neighbourhood development (new housing development, urban regeneration, slum upgrading), including policy design, implementation and the impact on local initiatives and livelihoods
Overall research field
- What type of initiatives do the urban poor (low income families, slum dwellers) take, individually or collectively, to improve the liveability of their settlement?
- How are the urban poor involved, in theory and in practice, in the design and implementation of neighbourhood development policies, programmes and projects?
- What is the impact of neighbourhood development programmes and projects on the local initiatives and livelihoods of the urban poor?
- Social housing in low and middle-income countries (incl. public housing, government-built housing, subsidized housing programmes, low-income housing, affordable housing)
- Dutch and European context of social housing
- Formal (and informal) rental housing sector
- Management of medium and high rise (social) housing developments
Case studies in Rotterdam, Western Balkans (e.g. Albania), South Africa, Guatemala.
Informal settlement dynamics:
Livelihood, poverty alleviation and social policies:
- Urban livelihood strategies of the poor
- Livelihood asset management
- Policy, institutions and processes affecting livelihoods of the urban poor
- Social vulnerability context of the urban poor
Neighbourhood regeneration and design:
- Mixed-used neighbourhood development
- Green and sustainable building technologies
- A rights-based approach to housing
- Urban accessibility (social, economic, political, physical)
- Social exclusion and inclusion
- Spatial segregation and integration