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Housing Europe Observatory

Launched in 1994, the Observatory is the research branch of Housing Europe. The main aim of the Observatory is to identify research needs and analyse key trends in the field of housing and social housing at European level, and thus support Housing Europe's policy work by providing strategic and evidence-based analysis.

Besides from regularly publishing its own reports and research briefings, the Observatory participates into a number of EU-funded research projects and liaises with European and international agencies and networks such as OECD, UNECE, ENHR.

2020 - 2023 Housing Europe Observatory Workplan

  • Make sure the work of Housing Europe members is well-represented
  • Increase visibility
  • Towards a Housing Systems ‘knowledge hub’

Explore our Research activities 

Social Housing in Europe
How is social housing defined in the different countries of Europe?

→ Social Housing in Europe per country

National housing statistics and market trends per country

→ Links per country

Research briefings and publications

→ Overview of our publications

Housing Europe Observatory Line-Up

Chair: Laurent Ghekiere | USH, France

"Housing Europe Observatory can play a key role in providing to EU institutions and stakeholders a clear analysis of the « State of Housing in the EU ». Both the scope of social housing as SGEI and policies recommendations on Housing budgets and regulation are defined on the bases of DG ECFIN and OECD visions of Housing market failures. Housing Europe Observatory must provid our own vision of market failures and our own recommendations to deal with."

Contact the Chair of the Committee

Vice-Chair: Christian Krainer | GBV, Austria

Research Director: Alice Pittini

Are you interested in getting more facts and figures related to our sector? 
Are you a researcher willing to work with us?

Please contact Alice Pittini at or
at +32 (0)2 541 05 64