This international conference is organized by the RE-DWELL Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network “Delivering affordable and sustainable housing in Europe” ( and the Pacte Social Sciences Research Centre of Université Grenoble Alpes (

It will take place at the Institut d’Urbanisme et de Géographie Alpine (IUGA), 14 Avenue Marie Reynoard, 38100 Grenoble, France.

The RE-DWELL research programme posits that the interrelations between the scope and realms of housing must be integrated in a holistic approach in order to respond to the challenges of creating housing that is both affordable and sustainable.

The objective of this first RE-DWELL conference is to create a discussion platform for the multiple actors involved in housing policy, planning, design and construction. We are particularly interested in the ways such interrelations challenge the established conceptions and professional practices in the field of housing in European cities.

The conference will include presentations of scientific papers, keynote speeches, an open roundtable discussion with local housing stakeholders, as well as site visits. This event is part of the agenda of Grenoble European Green Capital 2022, and its December theme “Living in tomorrow’s cities” / “Habiter les villes de demain”.

Call for abstracts
Responses to different crises have led us to rethink housing conceptions and identify initiatives, policies and patterns so that they can make a difference in the future. Recently, the Covid-19 pandemic has revealed some critical failures of current housing systems and has shown us just how challenging understanding the changing nature of housing has become. Initiatives and collaborations with a transformative potential have emerged or have been reinforced in that context. In addition, policy agendas and professional practices of housing have been driven by the recognition of the affordability crisis and of climate change as major challenges for the housing sector.

The conference will focus on present or past collaborative initiatives that bring together local actors, from institutions to the third and private sector, regional and central governments, technicians, residents and sometimes academia. We will discuss the potential of such multi-actor processes and of co-creation to adapt the ways we conceive, build and manage housing to present and future challenges that cities face.

With this purpose, we invite submissions on the following themes considering co-creation from a variety of interrelated perspectives:
-> Transforming governance Our aim is to discuss the forms of governance that bring together actors at different levels (local, regional, national or European) and spheres (public, private and civil society) in order to tackle housing challenges which are “public interest led”. We welcome contributions on the role of local or supra national approaches that confront the established national perspectives on housing systems.
-> Co-creation environments and processes We are particularly interested in the role of co-creation processes in fostering spaces for practitioners, civil society and academics to address current and future housing challenges together. We welcome presentations about participative housing design and management, as well as involving action research. In particular, we would like to discuss inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to housing, involving different competences, practices, disciplines and methods.
-> New housing solutions and renewed professional practices We welcome contributions on models of housing construction and rehabilitation that respond to current challenges such as reducing carbon footprint and costs, tackling urban land scarcity and its financialisation, and the creation of emergency and temporary housing, among others. We are particularly interested in discussing the implications of the development of such solutions for current professional practices and the emergence of partnerships between actors to create and promote them.
-> Knowledge co-creation Finally, we aim to address the co-production of knowledge and of data on housing experiences and on housing solutions and the transfer of that knowledge across different levels. In this regard, we expect contributions on collaborative processes of data collection, analysis and sharing, involving different levels of expertise, from the individual to the collective and from the local to the international level. The assessment of the social value and of the well-being in housing developments, for example, based on individual living experiences, as well as the production of frames of reference through national and international networks of cities, housing associations or research groups, are relevant to the discussion.

Important dates

10.6.2022 Deadline of abstract submission (up to 500 words) on:
15.07.2022 Notification of abstract approval.
30.9.2022 Long abstract submission (up to 1.000 words) for the online publication of the proceedings.
03.10.2022 – 14.11.2022 Registration  

Scientific Committee
Charles Ambrosino, Pacte laboratoire de sciences sociales, Université Grenoble Alpes, France
Anthony Boanada-Fuchs, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Marine Bourgeois, Pacte laboratoire de sciences sociales, Sciences Po Grenoble, France
David Clapham, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow, UK
Gilles Debizet, Pacte laboratoire de sciences sociales, Université Grenoble Alpes, France
Yvonne Franz, Institut für Geographie und Regionalforschung, University of Vienna, Austria
Walter Matznetter, Institut für Geographie und Regionalforschung, University of Vienna, Austria
Montserrat Pareja-Eastaway, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
Ashraf M. Salama, Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde, UK
Roelof Verhage, Institut d’urbanisme de Lyon, Université Lumière Lyon 2, France  

Organization Committee
Adriana Diaconu, Université Grenoble Alpes/Pacte-Laboratoire de sciences sociales, France
Paulette Duarte, Université Grenoble Alpes/Pacte-Laboratoire de sciences sociales, France
Christophe Verrier, Université Grenoble Alpes/Pacte-Laboratoire de sciences sociales, France
Adrienne Csizmady, Institute for Sociology, Centre for Social Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
Leandro Madrazo, School of Architecture La Salle, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, Spain
Karim Hadjri, Sheffield School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom  

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