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Planning for Affordable Housing (PLANAFFHO)

Dr Sónia Alves's project PLANAFFHO, funded by a two year Marie Sklowdowska-Curie Fellowship, examined how land use planning contributes to the provision of affordable housing for people on low incomes, and how it has promoted a mix of housing tenures within new developments in three European capital cities - Copenhagen, Lisbon and London - since 2007.

The research investigated planning and housing activities in  three cities (Copenhagen, Lisbon and London), notably how they seek to address problems of housing shortage, affordability, and segregation of housing tenures. The research aimed to provide practical knowledge and innovative advice to decision-makers on what can be done regarding these huge societal challenges. A further aim of the research, underpinning and informing the former, was to make a contribution to the theoretical and methodological advancement of international comparative research on housing and land-use planning.

The research involved short-term visits to planning departments and non-profit housing associations in Copenhagen, Lisbon, and London, with the aim of contributing to a mutual exchange of knowledge.

This project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 747257.

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Understanding the relationship between land use planning and housing

Dr Sónia Alves gave a presentation at 'Affordable housing: the 20th century legacy,' an international congress held at the Faculty of Architecture of Porto University (FAUP) in May 2019.

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The challenges of gentrification

In March 2019, Sónia Alves took part in a debate on the challenges of governance, tourism and population in the historical centre of Porto.

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Land-use planning and housing: issues of supply and affordability

Sónia Alves presented at the 2018 UK and Ireland Planning Conference in Sheffield, September 2018.

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Land Economy Seminar Series Presentation

As part of the Department of Land Economy's Michaelmas seminar series, Dr Alves gave a presentation of her research to date, focusing on her international comparative analysis of housing and planning use.

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Cross-comparative analysis of Portugal, England and Denmark

Sónia Alves presented at the International Conference on the Global Dynamics of Social Policy at the University of Bremen, on behalf of herself and Gemma Burgess, in October 2018.

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Outcomes of Urban Requalification under Neoliberalism

Sónia Alves, CCHPR, and Rosa Branco, CICS, gave a presentation to the Urban Sociology Research Network in Madrid.

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Housing and Urban Planning Policies Presentation

Dr Sónia Alves gave a lecture to the students of the University of Lisbon's Programme for Seniors on Housing and Urban Planning Policies in Portugal.

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Advanced Sociology Seminars Presentation

Dr Alves gave a presentation on interdisciplinary approaches to housing research at the University of Lisbon in April 2018. This was part of a series of Advanced Sociology seminars at the University.

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HSA Presentation: Conceptualising the differences

Sónia Alves's presentation to the Housing Studies Association conference 2018 in Sheffield looked at the differences and commonality in spatial planning.

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PLPR 2018 Presentation: Evora

Sónia Alves and João Ferrão gave a presentation on 'Land-use planning and the provision of affordable housing in Portugal' to the 2018 Annual Planning, Law and Property Rights conference at the University of Novi-Sad.

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ICS Lisbon: Blog

Sónia's blog for ICS Lisbon looks at the potential for land value capture to impact the provision of affordable housing in Portugal: Mobilizar as mais valias do planeamento a favor da construção de habitação económica?

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Planning for Affordable Housing: Roundtable

Dr Alves presented some of the findings of her research to an invited audience at St Catharine's College, Cambridge on 2 December 2019.

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Project Start Date

February 2018