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USF Distinguished Professor Public Lecture Series (25 June)

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USF Distinguished Professor Public Lecture Series (25 June)

Date: 25 June 2024 (Tuesday)
Time: 14:00 – 15:30 (HKT)
Venue: Room 730, 7/F, Knowles Building

Topic : Young People and Post-homeownership Housing in London, Amsterdam and Tokyo

Homeownership rates have been in decline across high income economies for much of the last two decades resulting in a growing share of young adults in rental housing. This development has had a profound impact on urban housing landscapes, which have become strongly aligned toward the increasingly profitable provision of new kinds of rental housing (especially shared forms) targeted at young urban singles. This presentation explores the shifting orientation of urban housing provision and its influence on the housing pathways and life courses on younger generations in three contrasting, but particularly illustrative cities: London, Amsterdam and Tokyo. While these contexts demonstrate similar trends in terms of housing market pressures and the struggle of younger people to house themselves independently, differences in urban characteristics, housing and policy regimes as well as social and cultural norms surrounding home and family are producing varied, although comparable, outcomes.

Professor Richard Ronald
Professor of Housing
Chair of Political and Economic Geographies
The University of Amsterdam

Richard is Professor of Housing and Chair of Political and Economic Geographies at the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands). His research focuses on housing in relation to social, economic and urban transformations in Europe and Pacific Asia. He is currently Editor of Palgrave Macmillan’s ‘Contemporary City’ book series and Chairs the board of the ‘International Journal of Housing Policy’ (where he was formerly Editor-in-Chief).

Richard was a Doctorate and then Postdoctoral Fellow at Kobe University in Japan in the early 2000s before moving to TU Delft (Netherlands) in 2006 and then the University of Amsterdam in 2010. He has also been Distinguished Professor at Hong Kong Metropolitan University and Guest Professor at the University of Birmingham (UK), National University (Singapore), Kyung Hee University (South Korea), and the University of Adelaide (Australia). His most recent book (2023) is titled ‘Families, Housing and Property Wealth in a Neoliberal World’.

Sharing Workshop:

A sharing workshop will be held with Prof Ronald following the lecture with details as follows:
Time: 15:45 – 16:45
Venue: Room 829, 8/F, Knowles Building

If you are interested in participating in the sharing workshop to discuss your recent research or potential collaboration with Prof Ronald, please indicate your interest on the registration form. Kindly note that due to limited capacity, only the first 30 registrants will be accommodated for the workshop. Thank you.

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2024-06-25 @ 02:00 PM to
2024-06-25 @ 03:30 PM

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