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Professor Richard Ronald

Richard is a professor at the Centre for Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam and holds a Chair in Housing and Social Change at the University of Birmingham in the UK. He is the Principal Investigator on the HOUWEL project and was awarded an Independent Researchers Grant by the European Research Council in 2011. Among other functions, Richard is the editor of the International Journal of Housing Policy, coordinator of the Home Ownership and Globalization Working Group of the European Network for Housing Research and convener of the Urban, Regional and Environmental Studies Section of the European Association for Japanese Studies. He has published widely on housing in relation to social, economic and urban transformations in Europe and Pacific Asia including a number of monographs and edited volumes. Richard has held Japan Foundation as well as Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowships at Kobe University in Japan (2002-2006), and has been a Visiting Professor at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, South Korea (2010-2012). He is originally a graduate of the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University in the UK where he received his Masters in Critical Theory and PhD in Housing and Urban Studies.

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Christian is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the ERC funded 'HOUWEL' project at the Centre for Urban Studies and the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam. He holds a PhD in Housing Studies and an MA (Magister Artium) degree in Economic Geography.

His main research interests are in the relationship between housing systems and the Welfare State, housing as social policy, homeownership access, the housing trajectories of younger adults, and the family home as a welfare resource. He applies both qualitative and quantitative research techniques in his work, working with European household-level datasets, aggregate policy indicators, and in-depth interviews. Christian supervises students in their Master and Bachelor degree dissertations and lectures in the Bachelor curriculum of social geography and planning. Within the wider research project, Christian's work is on the societal and political aspects of the changing housing/welfare state relationship (Subproject I), and the linkages between housing trajectories and family relations in different welfare regimes (Subprojects II and III). 

Oana is currently a PhD candidate affiliated with the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), originally from Bucharest, Romania. Oana pursued her undergraduate studies at the University of Tsukuba, Japan, majoring in social anthropology and minoring in international politics. Her studies were supported by a Ministry of Education and Science (MEXT) Scholarship. She subsequently completed a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan, USA, as a Raoul Wallenberg award recipient. She returned to Romania and worked for one year as a planner and project manager before beginning her PhD.

Oana’s research interests straddle the disciplines of spatial planning and urban anthropology. Her work so far has dealt with the effects of urban housing markets and housing policies on declining neighborhoods, urban regeneration and bottom up citizen mobilization, but also adaption to new living environments and its effects on personal biographies.

Oana’s research in the HOUWEL project will focus on the role of family owned housing property in intergenerational exchanges of shelter, care and assistance, within wider welfare regime structures.

Rowan is a PhD Candidate with the Amsterdam Institute for Social Sciences Research (AISSR) at the University of Amsterdam. He is originally from Vancouver, Canada, where he did an undergraduate degree in Geography at the University of British Columbia. Rowan completed a M.Sc. in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Amsterdam. Before returning to the Netherlands to begin his PhD, he worked as a researcher and GIS analyst in a consulting firm and subsequently at the Geological Survey of Canada.

Within the HOUWEL project, Rowan will focus on project III (Security & Inequality) and his area of interest will be on micro-data quantitative research into how housing market positions interact with individual and family characteristics in shaping opportunities and disadvantages with regards to household economic security.








Dr. Fenne Pinkster, University of Amsterdam

Dr. Justin Kadi, University of Amsterdam 


Prof. John DolingUniversity of Birmingham

Prof. Karen RowlingsonUniversity of Birmingham

Dr. Misa Izuhara, University of Bristol 


Prof. Ilse HelbrechtHumboldt University


Dr. Teresio PoggioFree University of Bozen-Bolzano

Dr. Lidia K.C. Manzo, Maynooth University


Dr. Liviu ChelceaUniversity of Bucharest


Prof. Yosuke Hirayama, Kobe University

Prof. Glenda Roberts, Waseda University

Prof. Yoko Matsuoka, Tokyo Kasei University 



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