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Housing 2020

Research under the Horizon 2020 scope

Brussels, 10 April 2014 | Published in Economy, Social, Research

CECODHAS Housing Europe seeking partnership in Horizon 2020 projects.

CECODHAS Housing Europe is looking for consortia preparing project proposals under Horizon 2020 calls, with a view to including housing as one of the themes for analysis.

CECODHAS’ participation could bring an added value to an interdisciplinary proposal by providing expertise on the translation of research findings into EU policy proposals, a link with stakeholders in the housing sector across Europe and capacity for dissemination and contact with relevant EU institutional players.

We’ve identified a first round of relevant calls with a deadline in June 2014:

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YOUNG-1-2014: Early job insecurity and labour market exclusion

The rise of unemployment and job insecurity among young people in the EU is leading them to a high risk of poverty, social exclusion and disaffection, raising the threat of a "lost generation". Housing insecurity contributes to such a dramatic situation, and that is why more options for affordable and more flexible accommodation could play a role in increasing labour market participation of young Europeans. Further research in this field could help member states and local authorities coordinate housing and labour policies.

EURO-1-2014: Resilient and sustainable economic and monetary union in Europe

Existing imbalances in the housing market have affected Europe’s economy, welfare and financial stability to a great extent during the last years. The housing sector has potential to contribute to long-term growth and welfare, and is key in addressing macroeconomic imbalances at a National and European level, as highlighted by monitoring of housing markets throughout the European Semester. More research is needed into the potential counter-cyclical role of housing policies.

EURO-3-2014: European societies after the crisis

The fall of confidence in relation to financial institutions and the free market overall as a consequence of the economic and financial crisis is causing the rise of populist and discriminatory attitudes that damage Europe’s social cohesion and welfare. In order to address this challenge, innovative and strategic approaches to social welfare reform should include evaluation of social outcomes, social returns and effectiveness of interventions.

A number of studies today show how well designed and innovative housing programmes can lead to social added value for the beneficiaries and the local community, and generate savings for the public budget on the long term by playing a preventive role. Further research in this field could help member states and local authorities design more effective and efficient housing policies.

SFS - 8 - 2014: Resource-efficient and eco-innovative food production and processing

The need to increase competitiveness and to optimise the efficient use of resources in the framework of food production and processing in the EU requires the introduction of innovative policies aimed at developing a more sustainable circular economy. In that sense, housing can play a crucial role in the design of such policies, not only in the consumption phase but also in the production and restorative phases. Local housing providers have lessons to share through their promotion of community gardening initiatives as a part of efforts to promote collaborative consumption patterns.

CECODHAS expertise in eco-friendly housing and in the specificities of EU Member States’ housing policies can contribute to a cross-disciplinary approach to resource-efficient and eco-innovative food production and processing in Europe.

* If you are interested in developing these aspects in your project proposals and/or to collaborate with us regarding future Horizon 2020 calls, please contact our Research Coordinator, Alice Pittini at