Journal of Housing and the Built Environment

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 393–407 | Cite as

Special issue: housing and community needs and social innovation responses in times of crisis

  • Marisol GarciaEmail author
  • Serena Vicari Haddock


In this special issue, we present and analyse innovative practices and policies in European cities that show collective actors and institutions taking action in response to new or inadequately met social needs, in particular those related to housing and community. The area of unmet social needs has at its centre housing, as in the last two decades all major European cities have experienced increasingly severe housing crises, with the result that access and affordability of this basic good have become difficult for larger groups of people. Under the pressure of fiscal austerity, the reduction and privatization of public services such as social assistance, education and community amenities have resulted in cities being unable to respond to such needs. Goods and services increasingly commodified under market dynamics have become accessible only to those who can afford market prices.

Vis-à-vis this area of need the innovations here presented and discussed aim to improve the...


Housing Price Housing Market Social Exclusion Social Housing Housing Policy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociological Theory, Faculty of Economics and BusinessUniversity of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Università di Milano-BicoccaMilanItaly

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