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Co-housing and sustainable urban development

Research project
Inactive research
Project size
5 584 000
Project period
2015 - 2018
Project owner
Department of Sociology and Work Science

Short description

The aim of the project is to analyze what learning experiences different forms of co-housing provide for social and ecological sustainability.This is done through case studies of co-housing in Denmark, Germany, Spain and Sweden. A part of the aim is to examine if and to what extent social and ecological sustainability may contradict and/or support each other.. Contemporary economic changes and ecological challenges provide new contexts and motives for co-housing. Climate change and other ecological concerns have increased the interest in developing modes of living that reduce the ecological footprints of everyday life. Rising estate values in cities and de-regulations of housing markets have increased dwelling costs. This has made it more difficult for low-income groups to afford good housing.


Håkan Thörn, professor, project leader

Cathrin Wasshede

Henrik Gutzon Larsen, Lund University