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Institute for Housing & Urban Research
Uppsala University, Sweden

The 'Institutet för Bostads- och urbanforskningforskning' (Institute for Housing and Urban Research) is a multidisciplinary social science research centre of Uppsala University. It comprises five full professors (political economy, political science, sociology, geography, statistics) and 20 lecturers, research fellows and Ph.D. students conducting research on housing, migration, gender issues, environmental issues and urban development.

The institute hosts several major research projects and the staff is involved in many international research activities such as 'Restorative experience in the formation of place attachments and place identity', 'The environmental context for city development', 'The remaking of traditional working class quarters. A comparative study of Ottensen, Hamburg and Södermalm, Stockholm', 'International return migration', 'Housing and Citizenship - a study on consequences of segregation in the modern welfare state', 'Housing Decisions of Young Adults, A Comparative Study between Australia, Sweden and the US', 'Wealth Accumulation, House Prices and Homeownership in Sweden', 'Neighbourhood effects - studies of the consequences of residential segregation in a social and ethnic perspective', and 'User-oriented Evaluation: Housing and Social Work'.

The institute also hosts the European Network for Housing Research, ENHR, which is an organisation for research institutes and individual researchers in Eastern and Western Europe who are engaged in social science housing research. The Network arranges and supports conferences within the housing field and has also set up a number of working groups, which are to deal with more specific problems on a cross-national, European basis. A main purpose of the Network is to promote contacts and communications between researchers and with practitioners within the housing field. Established in 1988 the ENHR now has more then 1000 individual and 104 institutional members, representing almost every country in Europe.