Working Papers

HOUWEL Working Paper Series
& Centre for Urban Studies Working Paper Series

  • WPS Asia Research Institute No. 249 | Ronald, R. & Oana, D. (2016) | How Changes in Housing, Homes and Households are Reshaping Urban Japan

    Transformations in Japanese housing and urban conditions in the last half century have been remarkable, reflecting significant shifts in the economy and population. The transition has been from an era of extreme of high-speed urban and industrial ...

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  • HWPS No.11 |Manzo, L.K.C., Druta, O. & Ronald, R. (2016) | Supported Home Ownership and Adult Independence in Milan: The Gilded Cage of Family Housing Gifts and Transfers

    This paper analyses practices of intergenerational support for homeownership among different generations of families in Milan, Italy. It makes use of an original dataset of qualitative interviews investigating homeownership pathways and the ...

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  • HWPS No.10 |Druta, O. (2016) | Young Adults’ Pathways into Homeownership in Tokyo: Shifting Practices and Meanings

    Japan’s post-war homeownership project was built on a rigid family model – favouring nuclear male-breadwinner families – and a hierarchy of housing forms, with owner-occupied single-family detached houses at the top. The destabilization of the ...

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  • HWPS No. 9 |Ronald, R. & Kadi, J. (2016) | The Revival of Private Landlords in Britain’s Post-homeownership Society

    Homeownership has been declining in favour of private renting in most developed English speaking countries since the early-2000s. Public debates in countries like Britain, Australia and the US have subsequently focused on the ostensible coming of ...

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  • HWPS No. 7 |Ronald, R., Lennartz, C. & Kadi, J. (2015) | What Ever Happened to Asset Based Welfare? Shifting Approaches to Housing Wealth and Welfare Security

    The idea that households should be encouraged to invest in assets that accrue over the lifetime to be drawn upon when needed (usually later in life), or assed-based-welfare, became increasingly evident in early-2000s policy discourse. The global ...

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  • HWPS No. 6 | Arundel, R. & Lennartz, C. (2016) | Returning to the parental home: boomerang housing trajectories of younger adults and the welfare regime context

    Returns to the parental home represent a dramatic housing career interruption that can have significant social and economic implications. Interaction of individual characteristics with turning point shocks, such as unemployment or partnership ...

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  • HWPS No. 5 | Arundel, R. & Ronald, R. (2015) | Parental co-residence, shared living and emerging adulthood in Europe: semi-dependent housing across welfare regime and housing system contexts

    Transitions to adulthood not only represent a key period for individual development but also contribute to processes of social stratification. Growing evidence has pointed to increased complexity, postponement and individualization in transition ...

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  • HWPS No. 4 | Lennartz, C & Ronald, R. (2015) | Housing property and welfare state change: social investment and asset-based welfare as compatible social policy approaches

    Structural economic and family-demographic shifts, as well as socio-economic integration processes at the EU level have led to profound transformations of the established social policy models in Europe in the past two decades. Notwithstanding the ...

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  • HWPS No. 3 | Arundel, R. (2013) | Subproject three: family support and housing access dynamics

    In the past few decades, advanced economies have seen a strong shift towards increasing homeownership with housing taking on a more prominent role through trends towards a privatized asset-based welfare model where housing property is seen as a ...

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  • HWPS No. 2 | Druta, O. (2013) | Subproject two: meaning of housing in family welfare strategies

    The purpose of this project is to examine housing practices in order to understand how families use housing to meet welfare needs. The premise of the study is that in the context of retrenching welfare states where increasing responsibilities for ...

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  • HWPS No. 1 | Ronald, R. (2012) | Family property wealth and the new welfare state

    Until quite recently, housing markets and family property were only of marginal significance to most social scientists. However, following volatile increases in real estate values and the rapid expansion of home ownership globally, the impact of ...

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  • CUS WPS No.19 | Duijne, R.J. van & Ronald, R. (2016) The Unraveling of Amsterdam’s Unitary Rental Market

    The Netherlands had been considered a key example of a ‘unitary’ rental market in which social and private rental sectors are in direct competition with each other. This unitary market has been more recently undermined however, by changes in the ...

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  • CUS WPS No.18 | Druta, O. & Ronald, R. (2016) | Intergenerational support for autonomous living in a post-socialist housing market: homes, meanings and practices

    The post socialist restructuring of Romania was marked by an abrupt retrenchment of the state and, subsequently, the resurgence of familial interdependencies. A particular arena where this has played out has been the housing system. State rental ...

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  • CUS WPS No.11 | Ronald, R. (2014) The Remarkable Rise and Peculiar Context of Younger One-Person Households in East Asian Cities

    Numbers of one-person households in East Asia have expanded dramatically in recent decades, especially among younger cohorts living in cities. This shift derives from specific changes in economic conditions and neoliberal policy influences that ...

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  • CUS WPS No.03 | Lennartz, C., Arundel, R. & Ronald, R. (2014) Young People and Homeownership in Europe through the Global Financial Crisis

    In context of poorly performing national economies and sustained employment insecurity since the Global Financial Crisis of 2007-2008, various UK and US studies have suggested that access for younger people to independent living, and to ...

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  • CUS WPS No.01 | Ronald, R. & Doling, J. (2013) The Changing Shape of the East Asian Housing Model

    While patterns of housing policy, production and occupation are quite diverse, housing interventions in developed East Asian economies have historically focused on high volume housing output targeted at economically productive, male-headed family ...

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