Annual RC21 Conference 2011

The struggle to belong. Dealing with diversity in 21st century urban settings
Amsterdam (The Netherlands), July 7-9 2011

Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research – Urban Studies
University of Amsterdam – The Netherlands

20. Housing Markets, Urban Transformations

Housing markets are often measured on the national scale, but develop and fragment along local contours shaped around cities and other sub-contexts. The recent international housing market boom and bust which accompanied, and was entwined with, the global financial crisis has demonstrated the connectedness of local, national and global factors in determining housing conditions. A housing boom may be considered a reflection of the attractiveness and economic vitality of a city, but also generates affordability crises for large parts of the urban population. A housing bust may be connected to an economic downturn and may result in redundant housing in one city and only a pause in increasing house prices in another. Furthermore, shifting market conditions not only impact the private sector but also social housing policies and conditions. The recent dramatic re-landscaping of housing market territories provides an opportunity to consider the role of housing and market processes in contemporary urban lives and the incongruities between demands on the home as a place of belonging and a market good.

We welcome papers that address issues like:
•            The global and local politics of housing
•            The non-shelter roles of housing markets
•            Examples of housing boom/bust
•            Analysis of how local, national and global factors interact in shaping housing markets
•            Local housing effects of the global financial crisis
•            Booming neighbourhoods in a busting city
•            Busting neighbourhoods in a booming city
•            The real estate network as a growth machine

Richard Ronald, Email:
Manuel Aalbers, Email:

University of Amsterdam
Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies.

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21 December 2011
Deadline for abstract submission

10 January 2011
Notification of selected abstracts

1 March 2011
Registration open

15 May 2011
Deadline for early bird registration and for (some) hotel options

15 May 2011
Deadline for paper submission

15 June 2011
Papers online

7-9 July 2011