Centre for Urban Studies

Photographer: Bram Belloni

Prof. R. (Richard) Ronald

  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    GPIO : Urban Geographies
  • Visiting address
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  Room number: B4.08
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  15629
    1001 NC  Amsterdam
  • R.Ronald@uva.nl

dhr. prof. dr R. (Richard) Ronald

is Professor of Housing, Society and Space in the Department of Geography, Planning and International Development and at the Centre for Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He is also an Honorary Professor at the University of Birmingham in the UK. Among other functions, he 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 Co-editor of the Palgrave book series, 'The Contemporary City'. 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 been a Visiting Professor at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, South Korea (2010-2012) as well at the Asia Research Institute as National Unversity Singapore (2015). He is originally a graduate of the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University in the UK.


Richard is director of the Research Masters in Urban Studies and the Urban Studies Summer Programme. He also contributes to various Masters and Bachelors programmes in Social Geography and Urban Planning, and specifically coordinates a number of courses on housing  markets, policy and practice. He has previously lectured in Social Policy at the University of Birmingham, UK, on Contemporary Japan at the University of Leiden and on Housing and Urban Studies in the Faculty of Architecture at TU Delft, the Netherlands. Richard has also taught ethnography, psychology and sociology at Nottingham Trent University, the Open University and the Worker's Educational Association in the UK . 

PhD Students

Richard has recently supervised a number of succesful PhD projects on:

  • How Post-crisis Socioeconomic Transformations are Restructuring Access, Exclusion and Exposure to Housing Markets
  • Family Housing Property and Household Welfare Strategies: Patterns of Intergenerational Solidarity in Different Welfare Regimes Context
  • Migrants and the New Stage of Public Housing Reform in Urban China
  • Housing Affordability and Market Based (re)regulation and Reform in Amsterdam and New York

 He is also interested in supervising students for Masters and PhD projects on:

  • Housing markets and housing systems
  • Housing policy and welfare states
  • Relationships between families, households and social change
  • Urban singles - urban life-courses - urban lifestyles
  • Family change and urban transformations
  • Home and housing


Richard has chaired a number of conferences including the International Sociological Association Research Committee 43 conference, ‘At Home in the Housing Market’, at the University of Amsterdam. He also coordinates the Home Ownership and Globalisation Working Group of the European Network of Housing Research (ENHR).

Research Reports

Starters on the Amsterdam Housing Market: for the Ministry of Internal Affairs, The Netherlands


Housing Markets and Welfare State Transformations:

How Family Housing Property Is Reshaping Welfare Regimes


  • Druta, O., Limpens, A. B., Pinkster, F. M., & Ronald, R. (2018). Early adulthood housing transitions in Amsterdam: Understanding dependence and independence between generations. Population Space and Place. DOI: 10.1002/psp.2196 
  • Druta, O., & Ronald, R. (2018). Young adults’ pathways into homeownership in Tokyo: Shifting practices and meanings. Environment and Planning A, 50(5), 1092-1108. DOI: 10.1177/0308518X18763372  [details] 
  • Druta, O., & Ronald, R. (2018). Intergenerational support for autonomous living in a post-socialist housing market: Homes, meanings and practices. Housing Studies, 33(2), 299-316. DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2017.1280141  [details] 
  • 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 (pp. 42-67). (Cities and the urban imperative). London: Routledge.
  • Ronald, R., & Kadi, J. (2018). The Revival of Private Landlords in Britain’s Post-Homeownership Society. New Political Economy, 23(6), 786-803. DOI: 10.1080/13563467.2017.1401055  [details] 
  • Ronald, R., & Lennartz, C. (2018). Housing careers, intergenerational support and family relations. Housing Studies, 33(2), 147-159. DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2017.1416070  [details] 
  • Ronald, R., Druta, O., & Godzik, M. (2018). Japan's urban singles: Negotiating alternatives to family households and standard housing pathways. Urban Geography, 39(7), 1018-1040. DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2018.1433924  [details] 


  • Ronald, R., Lennartz, C., & Kadi, J. (2017). What ever happened to asset-based welfare? Shifting approaches to housing wealth and welfare security. Policy and politics, 45(2), 173-193. DOI: 10.1332/030557316X14786045239560  [details] 
  • Ronald, R. (2017). The Remarkable Rise and Particular Context of Younger One‐Person Households in Seoul and Tokyo. City & Community, 16(1), 25–46. DOI: 10.1111/cico.12221  [details] 
  • Arundel, R., & Ronald, R. (2017). The role of urban form in sustainability of community: the case of Amsterdam. Environment & Planning B : Planning & Design, 44(1), 33-53. DOI: 10.1177/0265813515608640  [details] 
  • Druta, O., & Ronald, R. (2017). Young Adults’ Pathways into Homeownership and the Negotiation of Intra-Family Support: A Home, the Ideal Gift . Sociology, 51(4), 783-799. DOI: 10.1177/0038038516629900  [details] 
  • Lennartz, C., & Ronald, R. (2017). Asset-based Welfare and Social Investment: Competing, Compatible, or Complementary Social Policy Strategies for the New Welfare State? Housing, Theory and Society, 34(2), 201-220. DOI: 10.1080/14036096.2016.1220422  [details] 
  • Zhou, J., & Ronald, R. (2017). Housing and Welfare Regimes: Examining the Changing Role of Public Housing in China. Housing Studies, 34(3), 253-276. DOI: 10.1080/14036096.2016.1223165  [details] 
  • Zhou, J., & Ronald, R. (2017). The resurgence of public housing provision in China: the Chongqing programme. Housing Studies, 32(4), 428-448. DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2016.1210097  [details] 


  • Lennartz, C., Arundel, R., & Ronald, R. (2016). Younger adults and homeownership in Europe through the global financial crisis. Population Space and Place, 22(8), 823-835. DOI: 10.1002/psp.1961  [details] 
  • Arundel, R., & Ronald, R. (2016). Parental co-residence, shared living and emerging adulthood in Europe: Semi-dependent housing across welfare regime and housing system contexts. Journal of Youth Studies, 19(7), 885–905. DOI: 10.1080/13676261.2015.1112884  [details] 
  • Kadi, J., & Ronald, R. (2016). Undermining housing affordability for New York’s low-income households: The role of policy reform and rental sector restructuring . Critical Social Policy, 36(2), 265-288. DOI: 10.1177/0261018315624172  [details] 
  • Ronald, R., & Izuhara, M. (2016). Emerging adulthood transitions in Japan: The role of marriage and housing careers. Asian Journal of Social Science, 44(3), 391–415.




  • Ronald, R. (2013). Housing and welfare in Western Europe: transformations and challenges for the social rented sector. LHI Journal of Land, Housing and Urban Affairs, 4(1), 1-13. DOI: 10.5804/LHIJ.2013.4.1.001  [details] 
  • Ronald, R. (2013). Housing costs, finance and affordability. In C. G. Bates, & J. Ciment (Eds.), Global social issues: an encyclopedia. - Vol. 2 (pp. 427-432). Armonk, NY: Sharpe Reference. [details] 
  • Ronald, R. (2013). Housing policy in East Asia. In M. Izuhara (Ed.), Handbook on East Asian social policy (pp. 391-415). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. DOI: 10.4337/9780857930293.00028  [details] 
  • Ronald, R., & Kyung, S. (2013). Housing system transformations in Japan and South Korea: divergent responses to neo-liberal forces. Journal of Contemporary Asia, 43(3), 452-474. DOI: 10.1080/00472336.2013.767107  [details] 
  • Ronald, R., & Nakano, L. (2013). Single women and housing choices in urban Japan. Gender, Place and Culture, 20(4), 451-469. DOI: 10.1080/0966369X.2012.694357  [details] 


  • Ronald, R. (2012). Contract saving schemes. In S. J. Smith, M. Elsinga, O. S. Eng, L. Fox O'Mahony, & S. Wachter (Eds.), International encyclopedia of housing and home (pp. 233-242). Amsterdam: Elsevier. [details] 
  • Ronald, R., & Doling, J. (2012). Testing home ownership as the cornerstone of welfare: lessons from East Asia for the West. Housing Studies, 27(7), 940-961. DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2012.725830  [details] 
  • Ronald, R., & Elsinga, M. (2012). Beyond home ownership: an overview. In R. Ronald, & M. Elsinga (Eds.), Beyond home ownership: housing, welfare and society (pp. 1-27). (Housing and society series). London: Routledge. [details] 
  • Ronald, R., & Lee, H. (2012). Housing policy socialization and de-commodification in South Korea. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 27(2), 111-131. DOI: 10.1007/s10901-011-9257-2  [details] 
  • Doling, J., & Ronald, R. (2012). Meeting the income needs of older people in East Asia: using housing equity. Ageing and Society, 32(3), 471-490. DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X11000298  [details] 
  • Lee, H., & Ronald, R. (2012). Expansion, diversification, and hybridization in Korean public housing. Housing Studies, 27(4), 495-513. DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2012.677018  [details] 


  • Ronald, R. (2011). Ethnography and comparative housing research. International Journal of Housing Policy, 11(4), 415-437. DOI: 10.1080/14616718.2011.626605  [details] 
  • Ronald, R. (2011). Homes and houses, senses and spaces. In R. Ronald, & A. Alexy (Eds.), Home and family in Japan: continuity and transformation (pp. 174-199). (Japan anthropology workshop series). London: Routledge. [details] 
  • 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 (pp. 1-24). (Japan anthropology workshop series). London: Routledge. [details] 
  • Ronald, R., & Dol, K. (2011). Housing in the Netherlands before and after the global financial crisis. In R. Forrest, & N. M. Yip (Eds.), Housing markets and the global financial crisis: the uneven impact on households (pp. 93-112). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. [details] 
  • 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 (pp. 133-151). London: Routledge. [details] 


  • Ronald, R., & Chiu, R. L. H. (2010). Changing housing policy landscapes in Asia Pacific. International Journal of Housing Policy, 10(3), 223-231. DOI: 10.1080/14616718.2010.506736  [details] 
  • Ronald, R., & Doling, J. (2010). Shifting East Asian approaches to home ownership and the housing welfare pillar. International Journal of Housing Policy, 10(3), 233-254. DOI: 10.1080/14616718.2010.506740  [details] 
  • Ronald, R., & Jin, M. Y. (2010). Home ownership in South Korea: examining sector underdevelopment. Urban Studies, 47(11), 2367-2388. DOI: 10.1177/0042098009357967  [details] 
  • Doling, J., Elsinga, M., & Ronald, R. (2010). Home ownership: getting in, getting out getting from, Part III. (Housing and Urban Policy Studies; No. 34). Amsterdam: IOS Press. [details] 
  • Doling, J., & Ronald, R. (2010). Home ownership and asset-based welfare. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 25(2), 165-173. DOI: 10.1007/s10901-009-9177-6  [details] 
  • Doling, J., & Ronald, R. (2010). Property-based welfare and European homeowners: how would housing perform as a pension? Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 25(2), 227-241. DOI: 10.1007/s10901-010-9184-7  [details] 


  • Dewilde, C., & Ronald, R. (Eds.) (2017). Housing Wealth and Welfare. (New Horizons in Social Policy). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.


  • Lennartz, C., & Ronald, R. (2015). Housing property and welfare state change: Social investment and asset-based welfare as compatible social policy approaches. (HOUWEL working paper series; No. 4). Amsterdam: Centre for Urban Studies, University of Amsterdam. [details] 



  • Ronald, R., & Elsinga, M. (2012). Beyond home ownership: housing, welfare and society. (Housing and society series). London [etc.]: Routledge. [details] 
  • Ronald, R., & Tsenkova, S. (2012). Institutions. In S. J. Smith, M. Elsinga, L. Fox-O'Mahony, O. S. Eng, & S. Wachter (Eds.), International encyclopedia of housing and home (pp. xxiii-xxv). Oxford: Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-08-047163-1.09012-3  [details] 


  • Ronald, R., & Alexy, A. (2011). Home and family in Japan: continuity and transformation. (Japan anthropology workshop series). London: Routledge. [details] 


  • Ronald, R. (2010). The housing system and generational divides: housing pathways and life-courses in Japan. In A. Schad-Seifert, & S. Shimada (Eds.), Demographic change in Japan and the EU: comparative perspectives (pp. 61-94). Dusseldorf: Dusseldorf University Press. [details] 
  • Ronald, R. (2010). [Review of: C. Allen (2008) Housing market renewal and social class]. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 25(1), 153-155. DOI: 10.1007/s10901-009-9174-9  [details] 
  • Doling, J., Elsinga, M., & Ronald, R. (2010). Getting in, getting from, getting out: an introduction. In J. Doling, M. Elsinga, & R. Ronald (Eds.), Home ownership: getting in, getting from, getting out. Part III (pp. 3-12). (Housing ang Urban Policy Studies; No. 34). Amsterdam: IOS Press. [details] 



  • Dol, K., & Ronald, R. (2016). De wedergeboorte van de particuliere huursector in ‘The nation of homeowners’. Tijdschrift voor de Volkshuisvesting, 2016(1), 41-44.


  • Ronald, R. (2014). Book review: 'The Sage Handbook of Housing Studies' [Review of: K Gibb, WAV Clark (2012) The Sage Handbook of Housing Studies]. Urban Studies, 51(10), 2240-2242. DOI: 10.1177/0042098014532146 
  • Postema, T., & Ronald, R. (2014). Parasieten van de woningmarkt? Aandacht voor de motieven van de Amsterdamse Scheefwoner. Rooilijn, 47(6), 440-445.


  • Boterman, W., Hochstenbach, C., Ronald, R., & Sleurink, M. (2013). Duurzame toegankelijkheid van de Amsterdamse woningmarkt voor starters. (146). Amsterdam: Universiteit van Amsterdam, Centre for Urban Studies. [details] 
  • Ronald, R. (2013). Risk and Public Policy in East Asia [Review of: R.K.H. Chan, M. Takahashi (2010) Risk and public policy in East Asia]. Contemporary Sociology, 42(2), 231-232. DOI: 10.1177/0094306113477381m  [details] 


  • Ronald, R. (2012). [Review of: I. Daniels (2010) The Japanese House: material culture in the modern home]. Housing Studies, 27(6), 864-867. DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2012.617928  [details] 
  • Ronald, R. (2012). [Review of: P. King (2010) Housing boom and bust: owner occupation, government regulation and the credit crunch]. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 32(1), 116-118. DOI: 10.1177/0739456X11428320  [details] 
  • Ronald, R., & Lee, H. (2012). Zuid Korea: wereldleider in sociaal huisvestingsbeleid? Rooilijn, 45(1), 22-27. [details] 


  • Lee, H., & Ronald, R. (2011). 영국의 서민주거안정 방안. Joo Taek Kwan Ree Gong Dan Gye Gan Jee, 28, 20-23. [details] 


  • Ronald, R. (2010). Housing policy realignment in East Asia. Housing Finance International, 24(4), 37-43. [details] 


  • Ronald, R. (2012). ERC Starter's Grant: HOUWEL - Housing markets and welfare state transformations.

Scientific position

  • Ronald, R. (2013-2017). Professor, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK.
  • Ronald, R. (2013). International Advisory Board Member, Housing Studies.
  • Ronald, R. (2012). Member of Editorial Board, Housing Studies.
  • Ronald, R. (2011). Member of the Editorial Board, Housing Studies.
  • Aalbers, M. B. & Ronald, R. (2011). Workshop on "Housing Markets: Booms, Busts and Urban Transformations", Annual international conference of the “ISA RC21, Sociology of Urban and Regional Development", Amsterdam.
  • Ronald, R. (2010). Member of Editorial Board, Housing Studies.
  • Ronald, R. (2009-2013). International Advisory Committee, SSCI ranked journal, Housing Studies.

Media appearance

  • Ronald, R. & Hochstenbach, C. (16-01-2018). De problemen op de Amsterdamse woningmarkt zijn te complex om op korte termijn op te lossen, zo bleek op de speciale hoorzitting in de Amsterdamse gemeenteraad [Print] Het Parool. Particuliere beleggers en problemen op de Amsterdamse woningmarkt.

Journal editor

  • Ronald, R. (editor in chief) (2015-2018). International Journal of Housing Policy (Journal).
  • Ronald, R. (editor) (2012). International Journal of Housing Policy (Journal).
  • Ronald, R. (editor) (2011). International Journal of Housing Policy (Journal).
  • Ronald, R. (editor) (2010). International Journal of Housing Policy (Journal).

Talk / presentation

  • Ronald, R. (speaker) (20-9-2017). Huisvestingsoplossingen voor internationale studenten over de wereld, Themabijeenkomst internationale studentenhuisvesting, Amsterdam.
  • Hochstenbach, C. (speaker) & Ronald, R. (speaker) (20-9-2017). The revival of the private rental sector under Amsterdam’s regulated marketization regime, REFCOM Conference, Leuven.
  • Ronald, R. (keynote speaker) (15-2-2017). Generation Rent: Intergenerational inequalities and family relations, Australasian Housing Research Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Ronald, R. (invited speaker) (29-9-2016). Japan’s Urban Singles: Negotiating Alternatives to Standard Family Households, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.
  • Ronald, R. (keynote speaker) (30-6-2016). Territories and temporalities of housing and welfare: from a regime to an assemblage approach, European Network for Housing Research, Belfast, United Kingdom.
  • Druta, O. (speaker) & Ronald, R. (speaker) (29-3-2016). Intergenerational Support for Homeownership in a Post-Socialist Housing Market, American Association of Geographers Conference, San Francisco.
  • Ronald, R. (invited speaker) (27-11-2015). Can a Freeter buy a house? Contemporary housing issues in Japan from the lost generation to Generation Rent., The Japan Foundation.
  • Druta, O. (speaker) & Ronald, R. (speaker) (13-7-2014). Negotiated Independence: Young People's Transitions into Homeownership and Family Support, XVIII International Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, Japan.
  • Ronald, R. (invited speaker), Lennartz, C. (invited speaker) & Arundel, R. I. M. (invited speaker) (24-6-2014). How housing markets are reshaping welfare states, Internationale Lunchlezing, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations of The Netherlands.
  • Ronald, R. (invited speaker) (11-4-2014). Young people and home ownership in Europe: generation rent and post-homeownership societies, Reykjavik Academy.
  • Ronald, R. (invited speaker) (16-9-2012). Housing and Welfare in Western Europe, International Conference on Housing Welfare and Public Policy, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea.
  • Ronald, R. (invited speaker) (16-9-2012). "Housing and Welfare in Western Europe: What insights for South Korea?", International Conference on Housing Welfare and Public Policy, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea.
  • Ronald, R. (invited speaker) (7-7-2011). Public-Private and Social Housing in Post-crisis East Asia, European Network for Housing Research Conference - ‘Mixité’, Plenary: End or future of the Social Housing? Looking beyond Europe, Toulouse, France.
  • Ronald, R. (invited speaker) (24-2-2011). Housing , Family and Urban Transformation in Japan, Nissan Institute Lecture, University of Oxford.
  • Ronald, R. (invited speaker) (16-2-2011). New Directions in East Asian Housing and Welfare Approaches, Department of Public and Social Administration: Research Seminar Series.


  • Ronald, R. (organiser) (10-7-2013 - 12-7-2013). Annual Conference, University of Amsterdam. Conference Chair at the International Sociological Association, Research Committee 43: At home in the housing market In contemporary societies, the (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Doling, J. (organiser), Elsinga, M. (organiser) & Ronald, R. (organiser) (15-11-2012 - 16-11-2012). ENHR Working Group Conference: Home Ownership - During and After the Great Financial Crisis, Delft, Netherlands (organising a conference, workshop, ...).


  • Ronald, R., & Druta, O. (2016). How Changes in Housing, Homes and Households are Reshaping Urban Japan. (Asia Research Institute Working Paper Series; No. 249).
  • van Duijne, R. J., & Ronald, R. (2016). The Unravelling of Amsterdam’s Unitary Rental Market. (Urban Studies WPS; No. 19).
  • Manzo, L. K. C., Druta, O., & Ronald, R. (2016). Supported Home Ownership and Adult Independence in Milan: The Gilded Cage of Family Housing Gifts and Transfers. (HOUWEL Working paper series; No. 11).


  • Arundel, R., & Ronald, R. (2015). Parental co-residence, shared living and emerging adulthood in Europe: semi-dependent housing across welfare regime and housing system contexts. (HOUWEL working paper; No. 5). Amsterdam: Centre for Urban Studies, University of Amsterdma. [details] 
  • Ronald, R., Lennartz, C., & Kadi, J. (2015). What Ever Happened to Asset Based Welfare? Shifting Approaches to Housing Wealth and Welfare Security. (HOUWEL; No. 7). Amsterdam: Centre for Urban Studies.
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