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Thesis cover Oana Druta

This thesis is about the housing pathways of young adults and the intra-family negotiations of support that pave the way to homeownership. It is about the experiences of young adults in predominantly urban settings in three very different societies: England, Romania and Japan. The thesis tackles issues of family duties and responsibilities, the meanings of gifts and loans, and the meanings of homeownership that underscore support. It describes everyday practices and relationships, but reflects on the implications of these practices for housing markets, welfare arrangements and individual identities.

Young Adult Homeownership Pathways and Intergenerational Support: Homes, Meanings and Practices

The end of mass homeownership

The second half of the past century reflected, in many ways, a ‘golden age’ of homeownership across many economies. Strong labour conditions sustaining a broad middle-class alongside socio-political support promoted relatively widespread access to owner-occupation. Past decades of growth further entrenched an optimistic ‘ideology of mass homeownership’ as a widespread and democratic means of shelter and wealth accumulation. This research reveals, however, how contemporary housing careers are increasingly structured by growing diversification, complexity and inequality. The work exposes both the role of varied socio-cultural and institutional contexts in shaping housing career realignment as well as common trajectories in the face of global forces of labour, housing and state transformations. Rising labour market insecurity, housing financialisation, and reduced state support have not only exacerbated divides but have further only emphasised the importance of one’s position on the housing market. Such realignments in housing careers fundamentally undermine promises of mass homeownership and the democratic nature of housing wealth.

The end of mass homeownership? Housing career diversification and inequality in Europe

Housing wealth and welfare

Both growth and unevenness in the distribution of housing wealth have become characteristic of advanced societies in recent decades. Housing Wealth and Welfare examines, in various contexts, how housing property ownership has become central both to household wellbeing and to the reshaping of social, economic and political relations.

Housing Wealth and Welfare


Book Chapters

  • Ronald, R. & Druta, O. (2018) Housing and urban transformations in Japan, in U. Sengupta & A. Shaw (eds.) Trends and Issues in Housing in Asia: Coming of an Age, London & New York: Routledge
  • Ronald, R. & Dewilde, C., 2017, 'Why housing wealth and welfare?', in Dewilde, C. & Ronald, R. (eds) Housing Wealth and Welfare. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham.
  • Ronald, R., 2013, ‘Housing policy in East Asia’, in M. Izuhara (ed.) Handbook on East Asian social policy. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham.
  • Ronald, R., 2012, ‘Housing costs, finance and affordability’, in C.G. Bates & J Ciment (eds.) Global social issues: An encyclopedia, pp. 427-434, Sharpe Reference, Armonk, N.Y.
  • Ronald, R., 2012, ‘Contractual saving schemes for housing’, in S.J. Smith, M. Elsinga, L. Fox-O'Mahony, S.E Ong & S. Wachter (eds.),  The encyclopedia of housing and home, Elsevier, Oxford.
  • Ronald, R. & Tsenkova, S., 2012, ‘The purpose and place of housing institutions’, in S.J. Smith, M. Elsinga, L. Fox-O'Mahony, S.E. Ong & S. Wachter (eds.),  International encyclopedia of housing and home, Elsevier, Oxford.
  • Ronald, R. & Elsinga, M., 2012, ‘Beyond home ownership: An overview’, in R. Ronald & M. Elsinga (eds.),  Beyond home ownership: Housing, welfare and society (Housing and Society), pp. 1-28, Routledge, London and New York.
  • Dol, C.P., Lennartz, C. & De Decker, P., 2012, ‘Self-provided housing’ in Developed societies, International encyclopedia of housing and home, pp. 310-315, Elsevier, Oxford.  
  • Ronald, R. & Dol, K., 2011, ‘Housing in the Netherlands before and after the global financial crisis’, in R. Forrest & M.N. Yip (eds.),  Housing markets and the global financial crisis. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham.
  • Ronald, R. & Hinokidani, M., 2011, ‘Moving beyond the standard family model: The emerging housing situations of women in Japan’, in P. Kennett & K.W. Chan (eds.),  Women and housing: An international analysis, Routledge, London and New York.
  • Ronald, R., 2011, ‘Homes and housing, senses and spaces’, in R. Ronald & A. Alexy (eds.),  Home and family in Japan: Continuity and transformation (Japan anthropology workshop series), pp. 174-200, Routledge, London.
  • Ronald, R. & Alexy, A., 2011, ‘Continuity and change in japanese homes and families’, in R. Ronald & A. Alexy (eds.),  Home and family in Japan: Continuity and transformation (Japan anthropology workshop series), pp. 1-24, Routledge, London.


Articles in Peer-reviewed Journals


  • Ronald, R. (2015). The revival of private landlordism in the UK and the mobilization of housing wealth, CHASM, Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management, Briefing Paper BP11-2015.
  • Lennartz, C. (2013). Wie Wohnungsmärkte die Welt verändern: Privates Wohneigentum und der neue Wohlfahrtsstaat, in Bundesinstitut für Bau-, Stadt- und Raumforschung (eds), Internationalisierung der Wohnungs- und Immobilienwirtschaft -  Märkte, Akteure, Strategien, BBSR berichte KOMPAKT, Bonn, February.
  • Botterman, W., Hochstenbach, C., Ronald, R.  & Sleurink, M. (2013)Sustainable access for starters on the Amsterdam housing market [Duurzame toegankelijkheid van de Amsterdamse woningmarkt voor starters], Centre for Urban Studies, University of Amsterdam, NL, September.
  • Haffner, M., Lennartz, C. & Dol, C.P. (2012). Housing, in J.J. Jonker (ed.),  Countries compared on public performance: A study of public sector performance in 28 countries. Ministry of the Interior, The Hague, NL.   

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