Centre for Urban Studies

CUS Workshop: Financialization, Mortgages and Families

12Nov2018 13:30 - 16:00


This workshop looks at how contemporary transactions in housing wealth and debt reshape identities, subjectivities and family relations.

The financialization of housing practices has been increasingly recognized as driving feature of urban neoliberalism. Indeed, while the Global Financial Crisis of a decade ago drew attention to the integrated structures and technologies of international real estate, in the aftermath, it has also become more obvious how ubiquitous and invasive financial practices surrounding the home and everyday dwelling have become.

In this workshop, the outcomes of three major international projects exploring contemporary transactions in housing wealth and debt, and how they reshape identities, subjectivities and family relations, are presented and discussed. We will further explore the implications of the more intimate outcomes of financialized housing practices for understanding the post crisis restructuring of welfare regimes and other features of the political economy landscape.


  • Mateusz Halawa and Marta Olcoń-Kubicka, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw
    To help the daughter in her mortgage: Practices of intergenerational support among Warsaw’s young homebuyers’ 
  • Maria Kaika, Urban Planning, University of Amsterdam
    ‘Mortgaged lives: The biopolitics of debt and housing financialisation’
  • Oana Druta, Faculty of Architecture,  University of Eindhoven
    ‘Gifts and Debts: Homeownership and intergenerational relations in changing welfare contexts’

Organisation and admission

This workshop is organised by Prof. Dr. Richard Ronald in collaboration with the Centre for Urban Studies. All are welcome to join the workshop, but please let us know you are coming by sending an email to urbanstudies@uva.nl.

Room C3.07

  • Roeterseilandcampus - building B/C/D (entrance B/C)

    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166 | 1018 WV Amsterdam
    Building B: +31 (0)20 525 5340 | Building C: +31 (0)20 525 5470

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