OTB Research for the Built Environment (TUD), in close cooperation with the European Network for Housing Research, is organising a two-day workshop on the future of social housing in Europe.

The OTB/ENHR workshop on the future of social housing is open to all housing scholars who want to present a paper or poster about the role and future of public, social, and affordable housing in Europe and beyond. We welcome submissions that connect with ISHF themes, including:

  • Strategies for integrating newcomers, both temporarily and permanently, in a time of migration and displacement
  • Strategies for financing, designing, and providing social housing to help local communities counter socio-spatial segregation and displacement amidst uneven real-estate development and investment
  • Strategies for meeting the diversifying needs of diverse tenants, relating to age, ethnic background, health, lifestyle, community participation, or other factors, including the need to self-organise and collaborate within housing provision
  • Other aspects of future public, social, or affordable housing provision in Europe and beyond


Programme – Friday 16 June

09:00 –09:25

Registration (coffee/tea)

09:25 – 09:30

Opening by Pepijn Bakker (Festival Director ISHF) & Peter Boelhouwer (Delft University of Technology)

09:30 – 10:15

Keynote presentation: Amsterdam: Changes in Social Housing and the role of Housing Associations
Jeroen van der Veer, senior policy advisor, vice director Amsterdam Federation of Housing Associations AFWC


CHAIR: Darinka Czischke, Delft University of Technology

10:15 – 10:45

Dutch social housing: from a unitary to a dual rental system

Hugo Priemus, Delft University of Technology

10:45 – 11:00


11:00 – 11:30

Hybridity and the Future of Social Housing – What if tenants and communities had a real influence?
David Mullins, University of Birmingham

11:30 – 12:00

Challenging the Shibboleths – future options for social housing rents

James Gregory, University of Birmingham

CHAIR: Anita Blessing, University of Birmingham

12:00– 13:00

Is Going Local with Housing Programs the Answer? Demonstration and Local Non-Traditional Housing Programs in the USA
Joshua Crites, Seattle Housing Authority

13:00 – 14:00


During lunch time you could visit the first floor of the museum which houses a large exhibition called Amsterdam School, Constructed Ideals. It will introduce you to the richness of the Amsterdam School style: the buildings,the art, and the uplifting of the working class.

14:00 – 15:00

Poster presentation

  • –  Place Making | Makers – Anne Corlin, Design School Kolding
  • –  Counteracting segregation trough suburban public spaces – Bente Melgaard,Danish Building Research Institute
  • –  Unfolding moving patterns to and from a disadvantaged estate in Denmark- Jonas Strandholdt Bach, Aarhus University/Brabrand Boligforening


15:00 – 17:00

Guided bike tour : Renewal of the Western Garden Cities
The bike tour of prox. 17 kilometres will visit 4 neighbourhoods: Slotermeer, Geuzenveld, Slotervaart and Overtoomseveld. Start and return at Museum het Schip. See this document for details.

18:15 – fin

Dinner at Brouwerij Troost Westergas, Pazzanistraat 27 Amsterdam



 Peter Boelhouwer, Chair of ENHR, Delft University of Technology

 Darinka Czischke, coordinator of ENHR working group on collaborative housing, Delft University of Technology

 Anita Blessing, coordinator of ENHR working group on social housing institutions, organisations and governance, University of Birmingham

 David Mullins, coordinator of ENHR working group on social housing institutions, organisations and governance, University of Birmingham

 Eveline Vogels, conference organiser, Delft University of Technology


Date, time: Friday 16 June, 9:30 to 17:30 and Saturday 17 June, 9:30 to 12:00 hrs.

Location: Het Schip Museum, auditorium

The costs for the workshop amount to 75 euro: this includes two lunches, a workshop dinner, and a field trip.  Accommodation is to be organised by the participants themselves. While this is easy to do in Amsterdam, it is best to book ahead to maximise choice. Only participants who are willing to present a paper or a poster are eligible for the workshop. The maximum amount of participants is 30, and the organisers will make a selection on the basis of the paper/poster abstracts submitted.

Abstracts for this workshop can be sent to Eveline Vogels: (E.M.Vogels@tudelft.nl) ‎by May 15. Soon after this date, the organisation committee will let the proposers know whether their abstract has been selected. On the basis of this selection, a definite workshop program will be distributed to the participants.

Language: English


Register here