HOUWEL visual dataset, Milan 2014 WEDNESDAY 17th SEPTEMBER 2014, 15.00 - 18.30 Aula Gamma, Scuola di Architettura e Società, Politecnico di Milano Via Ampere, 2 20133 Milano, MM2 Piola, Tram 23, 33 How is family housing property reshaping welfare regimes? A presentation and discussion on the first results of a European research project on housing markets and welfare state transformations Co-organised by Massimo Bricocoli, Stefania Sabatinelli and Lidia Manzo Programme 15.00-15.15 Introduction: Massimo Bricocoli and Stefania Sabatinelli, DAStU, Politecnico di Milano 15.15 -15.45 First results from the European research “HOUWEL, Housing Markets and Welfare State Transformations. How Family Housing Property Is Reshaping Welfare Regimes”, Richard Ronald with Christian Lennartz and Rowan Arundel, Centre for Urban Studies, University of Amsterdam 15.45 – 16.30 “Everything but the Home.” Meanings of Housing and Family Welfare Strategies in Italy (in time of crisis)”, Oana Druta, Centre for Urban Studies, University of Amsterdam with Lidia Manzo, HOUWEL Partner and Investigator | DAStU Polimi 16.30 – 18.30 Discussion with: Giuliana Costa, Simona Pierini, Costanzo Ranci, Antonio Tosi, Federico Zanfi, DAStU, Politecnico di Milano; Enzo Mingione, Serena Vicari, Università di Milano Bicocca; Rossana Torri, Università IUAV Venezia, Gianluca Nardone (KCity), Manuela Olagnero, Università di Torino. Introduction Home ownership normally constitutes a primary family node for the delivery and exchange of shelter, informal care and asset wealth, potentially reducing household dependency on the state. Different modes of housing thereby influence welfare system development overall. In recent decades, governments have encouraged home purchase as a means for households to accumulate housing assets, thereby insuring themselves against hardship. Meanwhile, increasing market values have enhanced perceptions of housing property as a form of social security or a supplement to a pension in later life. Welfare regimes have thus been undergoing realignment with growing emphasis on the extension of markets and individual responsibility in satisfying needs. The latest financial crisis has starkly illustrated how socioeconomically embedded housing markets have become. Understanding of the role of housing tenure in welfare regimes or the impact of housing markets on welfare systems is, however, poorly developed. In February 2012 a new five-year research project was launched in the Centre for Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam, funded through the European Research Council’s Starter’s Grant Scheme. Abbreviated to the moniker HOUWEL, this study is concerned with housing markets and welfare state transformations, and looks to how family housing property practices have interacted with different welfare regimes in a number of countries (England, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands and Romania). The HOUWEL research project (http://houwel.uva.nl) investigates how the growing reliance on housing markets and family property wealth in meeting welfare and security needs is transforming contemporary welfare states. The study is currently examining how housing markets and welfare systems interact in six different welfare regime contexts with the objective of advancing understandings of the ways housing markets and home ownership assume more or less prominent roles in welfare system pathways. It aims to demonstrate how central household housing market positions have become in shaping welfare outcomes and in restructuring new patterns of inequality and family and state interdependencies. The purpose of the seminar is twofold: presenting an overview of the first results of this comparative project, and discussing them especially from the particular point of view of the Italian housing and welfare model.
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