'Post-pandemic housing transformation and the value of home'

Brendan Burgess



Friday, February 26, 2021, 14:00 - 16:15


The COVID19 pandemic has impacted on our lived experience of housing and home in ways that will surely have profound and lasting effects. A crisis unprecedented in its economic, social and demographic impact, the prospect of it coming to an end, and the thought of a post-pandemic world that is different, maybe better than before, is a powerful call to action. The possibility, necessity and appeal of positioning housing at the centre of that recovery is compelling. Provoked by a series of reflections on the repositioning of home and the more-than-financial costs of housing, this debate will focus on the imagination, policies and practices required to transform the inclusivity, sustainability and wellbeing of neighbourhoods and communities.

The panel will reflect on how our values of home relate to a new moral economy of housing capable of reconciling the social and economic impact of our housing market system and delivering this housing transformation.

14:10 Keynote speaker​

Professor Susan Smith, University of Cambridge is a social and economic geographer interested in the interdisciplinary world of housing studies. She has been particularly concerned with the interplay and impacts of housing, mortgage and financial markets, and with the role of housing in shaping economic inequality in the long run.

14:45 Respondent​

Professor Manuel Aalbers, KU Leuven, the University of Leuven trained as a human geographer, sociologist and urban planner and is currently Professor of Social and Economic Geography where he leads an ERC project and research group on the intersection of real estate, finance and states. His main research interest is in the intersection of real estate (including housing), finance and states. Manuel 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.

15:00 Break​

15:10 Panellists​

  • Professor Mary Murphy, Maynooth University lectures in the Department of Sociology. Her research interests include welfare policy, labour market, social security and housing, power and civil society, eco-social states and gender. She has published widely in key international journals. Recent books include the co-edited Irish Welfare State in the 21st Century (with F Dukelow Palgrave 2016), and Policy Analysis in Ireland (with John Hogan Policy Press, 2021). A contributor to national policy debate, she was a member of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (2013-2017) and in 2019 was appointed by President M.D. Higgins to the Council of State.
  • Associate Professor Declan Redmond, University College Dublin 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.