University of Gothenburg

Housing, Social Mobilisations and Urban Governance in Central and Eastern Europe

This project offers a comparative study of urban governance, housing policy and housing protest in Bucharest, Budapest, and Vilnius. Research questions are: 1) How do municipal and local authorities presently deal with, and govern, the challenges of housing? 2) What social conflicts and local protests arise in the housing sector, and how do they relate to urban policy and governance on housing? 3) What is the role of multi-class citizen mobilisations in local housing affairs? This enables a comparison of the relationship between urban governance and housing conflict pattern in the three cities. Data types are background statistics, policy documents, interviews with activists and policy-makers, observations at protest events, and web and campaign material.