The struggle for the right to housing. The pressures of globalisation and affordability in cities today.
The situation of the real estate market in cities like Barcelona gives a very clear picture of the contradiction of the current process of globalisation. A perfect storm of various internal and external forces are putting pressure on cities and demonstrating the limited capacity of local governments to cope with the housing crisis. The right to housing is at stake. One of the keys to this process is the financialization of the real estate market, which embeds housing in volatile financial cycles. The main question is: how can we end this feedback between the price of housing and finance? Moving from causes to consequences, an important issue is the current debate on rent-control policies. This discussion focuses on its effectiveness in controlling the rent bubble. Another key policy issue is the significant lack of affordable housing for low-income individuals that is affecting all global cities. In the face of this shortage, how can governments and the sector promote affordable housing?
We must also call attention to tourism and gentrification, which are challenges for the urban landscape of our cities, as well as the design of sustainable and energy-efficient housing in response to the climate crisis. From 30 August to 2 September 2022, Barcelona will host a new edition of the Annual ENHR Conference, which will address these situations. It will be structured into two blocks: · The New Housing Researchers Colloquium (NHRC) – 30 August 2022: Primarily aimed at researchers, who are working on their doctoral theses related to housing. In any case, this is a space that is open to other researchers who want to present their research in a space that offers them critical mentoring for their work. · European Network for Housing Research (ENHR) Annual Conference – 31 August to 2 September 2022: Aimed at both young and experienced professionals working in housing research and specialist sectors to provide a space where they can meet, discuss approaches and results and compare policies of European countries.