Conference “What is going on in the world?” In defence of housing in Europe, 7 February 2019, CIDOB, Barcelona
Accessing adequate housing is becoming increasingly difficult for the bulk of residents of today’s major urban areas. Each city has its particularities, but this is a worldwide trend that most share and that is rooted in the internationally predominant political and economic conditions that shape housing provision. What global processes underpin our local housing predicaments? How can we tackle them?
“Think globally, act locally”, the saying goes. Housing issues will be central to the upcoming municipal elections in Spain on the 26th of May. To what extent are they also relevant to the European Parliamentary election that will be taking place on that same day?
To analyse the different scales through which housing problems and solutions are being articulated, CIDOB is hosting a conversation between David Madden, sociologist at the London School of Economics and its Cities Programme and co-author of the book “In Defence of Housing” (2016), and Sorcha Edwards, Secretary General of Housing Europe, the European Federation of Public, Co-operative and Social Housing. The conversation will be moderated by Lorenzo Vidal, researcher at CIDOB’s Global Cities Programme.