The Formation of Social Rental Housing: Comparative Housing Policies in Europe, USA, and East Asia

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The Formation of Social Rental Housing: Comparative Housing Policies in Europe, USA, and East Asia

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Research Question

Why did some East Asian cities increase their supply of social rental housing in the 1990s, while many western cities meanwhile reduced theirs?

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CGS Research Excellence Award

Significance

This comparative research interrogates and theorizes existing modalities of neoliberalization. It will explore the political economy of housing, its impact on changing urban landscapes, and the political contestation in the pursuit of “the right to the city.” Upon completion, it will shed light on neoliberal globalization through the lens of housing.

Methods Used

This research will explore the origins and processes of planning social rental housing in different places and over different periods of time. I will compare the ideological backgrounds and institutional arrangements of social rental housing policies to understand the formation and transformation of social rental housing in different countries. This research will apply several methods. First, I will review the extensive literature on the formation of social rental housing in different countries. The second step will be collecting secondary data, including housing reports, statistics and news. Third, I will conduct case studies on major social rental housing projects built in different periods of time in each country. The fourth step will be interviewing housing researchers, activists, practitioners, and policymakers.

Conclusions/Outcomes

This research is based on my long-term collaborations with urban researchers on East Asian cities and the involvement in the social rental housing movement in Taiwan. The project will meet the pressing needs of policy makers in Taiwan and bring a new comparative perspective to the study of housing.

Publication Date

2016

Department

Geography

Disciplines

Urban, Community and Regional Planning

The Formation of Social Rental Housing: Comparative Housing Policies in Europe, USA, and East Asia

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