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The European Network for Housing Research

Lessons learnt and a preview of next year

Belfast & Tirana, 12 October 2016 | Published in Research
From the expert panel discussion in Belfast
From the expert panel discussion in Belfast

The European Network of Housing Research (ENHR) is one of the largest multi-disciplinary research networks in Europe. It organises a major conference every year. Each time the event takes place in a different country and is organised by a Local Organising Committee (LOC).

Next ENHR conference will be held in held in Tirana, Albania 4-6 September 2017. It is locally coordinated by Doris Andoni and staff from POLIS University in Tirana. The theme of the ENHR 2017 conference is ‘Affordable Housing for all! Redefining the role of public and private sectors’. Mark the date!

The previous event took place in Belfast, N.Ireland, 28 June to 1 July 2016 around the theme ‘Governance, Territory and Housing’. It featured speeches and interventions of Housing Europe members, notably Siobhan McCauley, Director of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE); Dr Jennie Donald from the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations (NIFHA). Housing Europe Research Coordinator, Dr Agata Krause delivered a presentation on the ‘Role of spatial planning in provision of affordable housing in Europe –convergence/divergence dilemmas’ for the ENHR Social Housing Working Group.

Agata was also among the experts- along with Eleni Paleologou, Deputy Head of Unit at the European Commission Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy, Gerry Muscat, Head of the Urban Division of the European Investment Bank and Jim Hayton, Housing Adviser at the Scottish Cities Alliance- who contributed to the panel discussion on ‘The EU Urban Agenda and the role of housing research in times of unrest’. The debate focused on  

  1. the role of Housing Europe in the European Commission’s Partnership on Housing;
  2. research priorities according to Housing Europe members;
  3. redefining the role of research and researchers in the context of the EU Urban Agenda.

The discussion was chaired by Dr. Darinka Czischke from Delft University of Technology.