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‘Housing and home, global and local: where are we now?’


Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 15:00 - Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 18:00


Academy House, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2


Full Price €10 Students and Unwaged €5 reception included. Members of the Academy email

A keynote with Professor Saskia Sassen (Columbia University) and panel discussion on the challenges of housing provision in today’s society, at local and international levels.  

Ten years on from the global financial crisis, the panellists are invited to interrogate the system of land and housing markets, to offer explanations for how these have changed the understanding of housing as a place to call home.  

This topic refers to the manifold challenges of housing provision in today's society and what its exchange and use at local and global levels is doing to how we realise and sustain a place to call home. Housing and home is no longer a stable or permanent social good that is accessible and affordable for all. Rather, for growing numbers it is the opposite, experienced as a near complete omni-crisis of insecure, unaffordable, bad housing and accompanying housing exclusion. A critical interrogation of our land and housing markets and system is needed to better explain how our understanding of housing as a place to call home is changed. The panel will place the experience of housing as crisis in international context and explore this lived reality where we are less masters in our own homes but more so subject to other forces. A decade on from events that revealed the role housing played in the global financial crisis, we ask where are we now?

Keynote speaker and panellist: 

  • Professor Saskia Sassen (Columbia University).  Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and a Member of its Committee on Global Thought, which she chaired till 2015. She is a student of cities, immigration, and states in the world economy, with inequality, gendering and digitization three key variables running though her work. Born in the Netherlands, she grew up in Argentina and Italy, studied in France, was raised in five languages, and began her professional life in the United States. She is the author of eight books and the editor or co-editor of three books. Her most recent publication is Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy (Harvard University Press, May 2014).  Together, her authored books are translated in over twenty languages. She has received many awards and honors, among them multiple doctor honoris causa, the 2013 Principe de Asturias Prize in the Social Sciences, election to the Royal Academy of the Sciences of the Netherlands, and made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French government.

Other panellists: academic experts with international and also national perspectives who will make contributions on global/generic as well as national/specific aspects of housing.

  • Professor Manuel B. Aalbers (University of Leuven)—Manuel B. Aalbers is the coordinator of the Real Estate/Financial Complex research project. He is trained as a human geographer, sociologist and urban planner and is currently associate professor of Social and Economic Geography at KU Leuven / University of Leuven (Belgium). Previously, Aalbers held positions at the University of Amsterdam and Columbia University (New York) and was a guest researcher at New York University, City University New York, the University of Milan-Bicocca and at the University of Urbino (Italy).

    His main research interest is in the intersection of real estate (including housing), finance and states. Aalbers has published on redlining, social and financial exclusion, neighbourhood change (including decline and gentrification), the privatization of social housing and the Anglophone hegemony in academia. He is the author of Place, Exclusion, and Mortgage Markets(Wiley-Blackwell, 2011) and The Financialization of Housing (Routledge, 2016) as well as the editor of Subprime Cities: The Political Economy of Mortgage Markets (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012). 

  • Dr Mary Murphy (Maynooth University)—Dr Mary Murphy is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Maynooth University,  where her political sociology research interests include critical social policy, power and civil society, and gender.  She previously worked for  fifteen years as a campaigner and policy analyst  representing a number of organisations on national policy institutions. From 2004-2007 she chaired the Housing Strategic Policy Committee of Dublin City Council and continues to research related issues.  A key contributor to national debate on social policy she was a member of the National Expert Advisory group on Taxation and Social Welfare 2011-2014,  a member of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission 2013-2017 and a member of the present Council of State. Widely published in key academic journals  she recently co-edited The Irish Welfare State in the 21st Century (2016, Palgrave Macmillan).     

  • Assoc. Professor Declan Redmond (University College Dublin)—Declan Redmond is Associate Professor of Housing and Planning in the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy at UCD. He teaches modules on Housing, Planning and Sustainability, the History of City Planning, Planning Methodologies and Planning Studio. His principal research interests revolve around housing and planning, urban regeneration, the politics and governance of planning and conservation policy and practice. He is currently involved in projects investigating the housing system and the mortgage crisis; conservation of the built heritage; planning and community gain and the participation of disadvantaged communities in the planning system.

Chair: Colette Browne—is a columnist with the Irish Independent who also regularly features on the panels of current affairs shows on TV and radio. Her columns largely focus on topical political, legal and social issues. 

Registration with tea/coffee will take place at 15:00.  The event will commence at 15:30.  The 18:00 closing will be followed by a wine reception.

This event is sponsored by Dublin City Council. 

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