The Edges of HomeOwnership
TU Delft, Cambridge University, RMIT and Curtin University have won an Urban Studies Foundation Grant to organize a 2-day seminar The Edges of Homeownership in Delft on 30 September and 1 October 2014. The aim of the seminar is to set out lines for a clear vision for a sustainable future for housing systems as a whole that are more inclusive and less tenure bound than those operating today. While the meaning, use and institutions of owner occupation vary across cultures and states, the edges of ownership, wherever they lie, constitute a neglected zone ‘in-between’ sustainable owner occupation and long-term rental in which the dilemmas of tenure-divided housing systems are played out. Establishing the extent and robustness of the evidence base is therefore an important new challenge and the first one being addressed by the seminar. The seminar will provide a platform for innovative analyses of datasets from different jurisdictions that produce them to shed light on these marginal spaces. Second, the myriad practical experiments at the edges, which have yet to be recognized will be discussed. Existing experiments span the development of novel tenure types in co-operative and shared ownership and extend to the financial innovations designed to separate the costs of procuring housing services from the risks and rewards of property investment. Much remains to be invented to improve the lives of disadvantaged and debt impoverished households. Third, the new evidence base combined with the financial innovations to lower the risks of homeownership will deliver ingredients for the design of a sustainable housing system.
For information about the seminar, please contact: Marietta Haffner (email@example.com)