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Housing, Globalization and Right to the City

Logement, globalisation et droit à la ville

7the EUGEO congress (2019)

VIIe congrès EUGEO (2019)

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Published on Tuesday, January 15, 2019


La session « Housing, Globalization and Right to the City », organisée dans le cadre de l'EUGEO 2019, propose d’étudier d’un point de vue géographique le développement de nouveaux segments de marché du logement urbain, en lien avec l’augmentation des mobilités individuelles (migrations, tourisme, instabilité des ménages) et la financiarisation et internationalisation de l’immobilier. Elle propose également d’en étudier les effets sur les territoires urbains et ses conséquences sur le droit à la ville.



The session “Housing, Globalization and Right to the City” proposes to study the development of new market segments of urban housing from a geographical point of view, in the context of the increase in individual mobilities (migration, tourism, instability of the households) on the one hand and the financialization and internationalization of real estate on the other, The session also proposes to study the impacts of these processes on urban territories and their effects on the right to the city.

In the context of globalization, metropolitan areas are places where new forms of housing, temporary or permanent, are developing, linked to the growth of individual mobilities: international migrations are now major components of city's demographic dynamic; tourism arises; households are more frequently reconstituted. These mobilities generate specific demands in terms of housing, which must be available quickly and for shorter periods. Such demands take different forms depending on the income level of tourists, migrants or unstable households. In addition, because of the strong attractiveness of investments in real estate since the 2008 crisis, these cities polarize important flows of capital, directed towards unregulated housing markets. This financialization of real estate results in the increasing presence of investors in the promotion and management of real estate. Processes of gentrification transform cities into profitable grounds for real estate developers and small landlords. The development of “buy-to-let” properties and the rise of platforms such as Airbnb are some illustrations of these practices. Public authorities support these transformations in particular through entrepreneurial policies that prompt cities to compet attracting tourists, wealthy residents and capital. This is done through promotion campaigns, the organization of major events, urban developments, subsidies, and tax incentives.

What kind of housing products result from the increase in both individual and capital mobilities? What are the concrete offers real estate actors develop to take advantage of the particular demands of individuals on the move? Secondly, what effects do these practices have on the populations and actors already in place in the urban areas concerned? How do such practices facilitate the appropriation of a territory by certain social groups and the eviction of others? Various topics can be discussed as part of this session, regardless the scale of analysis or methodology

  • The financialization of residential real estate;
  • The development of real estate markets segment specific to certain groups of migrants/tourists and their geography;
  • Transformations of the urban territories by the new real estate offers and theirs contributions to phenomena such as gentrification and elitisation;
  • Resistances to these practices.

Practical information

The session is organised as part of the EUGEO 2019, which takes place from 15 to 18 May 2019 in Galway. More information: https://www.eugeo2019.eu/

Please send your abstracts (maximum 250 words) to Hugo Périlleux (hugo.perilleux@ulb.ac.be)

by January 21st 2019.  


  • Galway, Ireland


  • Monday, January 21, 2019


  • géographie urbaine, logement, globalisation, droit à la ville


  • Charlotte Casier
    courriel : chcasier [at] ulb [dot] ac [dot] be
  • Hugo Périlleux
    courriel : hugo [dot] perilleux [at] ulb [dot] ac [dot] be

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Information source

  • Charlotte Casier
    courriel : chcasier [at] ulb [dot] ac [dot] be


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« Housing, Globalization and Right to the City », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, https://calenda.org/543285

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