OPENING SESSION 09:00 - 09:45
at the Hall "Ngjallja e Krishtit" at the Othodox Church | Address: Rruga Deshmoret e 4 Shkurtit, Tirana 1001.
Prof. Dr. Peter PJ Boelhower
European Network for Housing Research Chairman
Prof. Dr. Besnik Aliaj – Graduated in Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Tirana in 1990. He received a ‘Masters’ degree at Erasmus University and IHS-Rotterdam Holland in 1996, and later in 2007 upon successful completion of his PhD, he was awarded the title ‘Doctor of Sciences’, from the Polytechnic University of Tirana, Albania.
Dr. Aliaj has extensive academic experience at the Polytechnic University, University of Fine Arts, University of Tirana, and at POLIS University in Tirana, not mentioning international exposure.
He has a solid experience of 15 years with the civic society. He is the co-founder and former Executive Director of Co-PLAN, Institute for Habitat Development (1995-2005). During 2000-2003 he was General Secretary of the Albanian Association of Architects, and at present time is one of the initiators of the AUA, the Albanian Union of Architects.
Professional qualifications comprise training and research experiences in Denmark, Italy, Norway, Holland, USA, Germany, Kosovo, Egypt, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Peru, etc. In addition he has solid consultancy works in Albania and Western Balkans countries. He is author of several professional and academic publications in Albanian and English languages. He has good experience as trainer in Albania and Kosovo, and has held many international lectures and presentations.
Dr. Aliaj has also a solid professional practice as architect and urban planner starting from grassroots initiatives in community level, up to local and national governance, as well as in academic and research institutions. Since 1998 to nowadays he has been working also with international bodies and institutions, such as: World Bank, UN, UNDP, FAO, USAID, GTZ, EU, SOROS, and several diplomatic missions accredited in Tirana.
Initiator of participatory projects in the field of urban planning, environmental management and regional development; including housing, infrastructure, formalization of economy, good governance and decentralization, as well as higher education. Former advisor to the Prime Minister of Albania (2005-2007); ‘Citizen of Honor’ in Kamza Municipality; and elected member of the Tirana Municipal Council since 2009. At present time he is the Rector of POLIS University.
Prof. Dr. Besnik Aliaj
Co-founder and Rector of POLIS University of Tirana
Mr. Erion Veliaj
Major of Tirana Municipality
(2015 - 2019)
Ms. Leilani Farha
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context.
Ms. Farha is the Executive Director of the NGO Canada Without Poverty, based in Ottawa, Canada. A lawyer by training, for the past 20 years Ms. Farha has worked both internationally and domestically on the implementation of the right to adequate housing for the most marginalized groups.
In Canada Ms. Farha worked on housing rights issues as the Executive Director of the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA). In that capacity, she helped to launch a historic legal challenge seeking the implementation of UN recommendations for addressing homelessness as a violation of human rights. In her current work she continues to promote a human rights based approach to poverty.
Internationally, Ms. Farha has actively participated in a number of missions around the world to examine the status of housing rights and to assist in developing policy responses for the implementation of these rights. Within the UN human rights system, she helped spearhead the first resolution regarding women and the right to adequate housing. Ms. Farha has also undertaken numerous consultancies related to housing rights; she has appeared before various UN human rights mechanisms to address economic, social and cultural rights issues; and she was a member of the Advisory Group on Forced Evictions for UNHabitat.
Ms. Farha is known as a dynamic and effective advocate for economic, social and cultural rights and for promoting legal protection and access to justice for these rights. She has researched and published widely on issues related to housing rights, including on forced evictions, securing land rights for indigenous peoples, and housing indigenous peoples in cities. As a central dimension in all her activities, she has worked extensively on women’s economic, social and cultural rights, playing a pivotal role in raising awareness about the gender dimensions of these rights. Ms. Farha was also a founding member of the ESCR-Net – an international network of organizations committed to economic, social and cultural rights.
PLENARY SESSION 1 09:45 - 11:00
at the Hall "Ngjallja e Krishtit" at the Othodox Church | Address: Rruga Deshmoret e 4 Shkurtit, Tirana 1001.
THE ALBANIAN CONTEXT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT – HISTORY, PRESENT AND FUTURE
Doc. Doris Andoni
Independent expert on housing
Doris Andoni studied architecture and urban planning and had several specializations and trainings in the field of housing, urban planning and project management. She worked as architect for several years and consultant in different international funded projects. Between 2012 and 2014 she worked as senior housing expert for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Housing and Land Management Unit in Geneva. From 2001 to 2012 she held the position of Director of Housing Policy Department in the Ministry of Public Works and Transport of Albania. She was a delegate of Albania in UNECE Committee of Housing and Land Management since 2001, bureau member of the same Committee between 2002 and 2012 and was elected Chair of the Committee for the period 2006 – 2009. She has been involved in numerous international activities. She holds the degree of Master of Science in Urban Housing Management and she is a guest lecturer at the International School for Architecture and Urban Planning in Tirana.
Actually she is the Executive Director of National Housing Agency, a state owned enterprise that is responsible for developing and implementing social programmes for housing.
In her career she has several achievements, among which to be mentioned are: the reform of the housing policy reflected in the new housing legislation developed and approved between 2001-2006; two major project proposals on social housing (2005 – 2011) and mortgage interest subsidy (2009 – on going); development of a strategy on “Sustainable Housing and Land Management in the UNECE region (2012 - 2013); introducing energy efficiency measures in the affordable housing projects (2014 – ongoing);
Doris Andoni is married and has one couple of twins: Endi and Gregor
Doc. Dritan Shutina
Executive Director of CO-Plan Institute for Habitat Development
Dritan Shutina is the Executive Director of Co-PLAN, the Institute for Habitat Development, since 2005, which he co-funded back in 1995. He is also one of the founders of Polis University, the International School of Architecture and Urban Development Policies, where he teaches strategic planning. He graduated in Civil Engineering and furthered his postgraduate studies in Public Policy, Land and Building Valuation, Urban and City Development, both in European and American institutions; currently in process of completing his doctoral studies in the field of architecture and urban planning. Institutional and Governance Expert, with over 20 years of experience in matters of governance, strategic planning, participatory processes, and regional development. Currently part of the working group established by the Government of Albania for the implementation of the Regional Development Management Reform. Extensive experience in the capacity of Regional Development and Governance Expert in projects such as the Regional Development Program, and Integrated Support for Decentralization. Collaborated with numerous donor funded programs / projects (both in Albania and the wider region) including with the Austrian Development Agency, Swiss development Cooperation, USAID, the EU, the Dutch Government, the World Bank, etc.
Urban Planning Department at Municipality of Tirana.
PLENARY SESSION 2 11:30 - 12:30
at the Hall "Ngjallja e Krishtit" at the Othodox Church | Address: Rruga Deshmoret e 4 Shkurtit, Tirana 1001.
HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT IN THE TURMOIL OF GLOBAL POLITICAL DILEMMAS
Prof. Dr. Erik Swyngedouw
MAE. Professor of Geography
Professor Erik Swyngedouw is Professor of Geography at the University of Manchester. He is an elected Member of the Academia Europaea. He as also Researcher of the Year 2016 at the University of Manchester.
Professor Swyngedouw is Professor of Geography at the University of Manchester and previously Professor of Geography at Oxford University. He is a recognized leading international expert in environment-society relationships and the analysis of the urban capitalist space economy, with an emphasis on democratic governance, socio-environmental conflict, water politics, political economic crisis and urban political movements. He is author of “Social Power and the Urbanization of Water” (Oxford University Press, 2004). He also co-edited “In the Nature of Cities” (Routlede, 20006). He recently co-edited (with JaphyWillson) The Post-Political and its Discontents: Spectres of Radical Politics Today (Edinburg University Press, 2014). His latest book with MIT-Press, Liquid Power, focuses on water and social power in 20th century Spain and was published in April 2015. He is an elected member of the Academia Europeae.
Title : CITY or POLIS? Antinomies of the Post-Democatic City.
PLENARY SESSION 3: 09:30 - 11:00 POLIS University | Classroom C1
HOUSING AS A HUMAN RIGHT vs. HOUSING AS A COMMODITY - REDEFINING THE ROLES OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS
Dr. Peter King
Reader in Social thought at the Center for Comparative Housing Research. Leicester.
Prof. Dr. Stefan Kofner, MCIH
Faculty of Economics and Industrial Engineering; University of Applied Sciences Zittau / Görlitz; Germany.
PLENARY SESSION 4: 09:30 - 11:00 POLIS University | Classroom A5
SOCIAL HOUSING AS AFFORDABLE HOUSING SCHEME
Dr. Cedric Van Styvendael,
director of Est Metropole Habitat in Lyon
Prof. Dr. Kosta Mathéy,
founder and director of GLOBUS, the Global Urban Studies Research Institute at the International Academy in Berlin
Dr. Kosta Mathéy was educated as an architect and urban designer at Darmstadt University of Technology in Darmstadt, followed by housing studies program at the Architectural Association in London and a PhD thesis on self-help housing to the faculty of Applied Social Sciences at Kassel University.
His academic career started while building up the Department for Planning and Building in Developing Regions at Darmstadt University of Technology 1980-85, to which he returned as a full professor in 2002. He also was professor in Karlsruhe and Havana Technical Universities apart from lecturing widely in Latin America, Africa and Asia. 2008-11 he founded and directed the M.Sc. Program on Urban Development Planning at the Vietnamese - German University in Ho Chi Minh City. He currently lectures part time at HafenCity University Hamburg, the El Gouna campus of TU Berlin in Egypt and the Panafrican University in Algeria.
Housing and Urban Development cannot be taught in an academic bubble but must be founded on sound field experience. Kosta Mathéy extensively worked as a housing and urban development expert for International Cooperation projects in 35 different countries of the ‘Global South’ - mostly for agencies like UNHABITAT, ILO, GIZ, KfW and DFID. The tasks included, among others, low-income housing finance, upgrading and regularization of informal settlements, participatory planning, townscape and urban heritage conservation, infrastructure improvement, climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Mathéy’s nearly 100 publications deal with housing policies and finance, self-help, ecological building; appropriate technologies; cultural identity; gender, migration, neighbourhood initiatives and community-based urban violence prevention. Dr. Mathéy is ENHR member since its beginning and co-founder of the Research Committee on Housing in Developing Countries.
Dr. Javier Buron
Housing Manager of Barcelona Municipality
PLENARY SESSION 5: 09:30 - 11:00 POLIS University | Classroom C1
THE RIGHT TO HOUSING
Prof. Dr. Sergio Nasarre-Aznar,
Civil Law Full Professor
Director of the UNESCO Chair of Housing, ICREA Academia Fellow
University Rovira i Virgili.
Prof. Dr. Sergio Nasarre-Aznar, (Tarragona, Spain, 1974) is a Civil Law Full Professor at the University Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona) and Director of its Housing Chair. He is also a Deputy Court of Appeal Judge since 2004. He is member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation since 2008. He has been awarded the ICREA Fellowship (2016- 2020) to the Research Excellence.
He is the author of three books (La garantía de los valores hipotecarios, Madrid, 2003, Marcial Pons; and Securitisation & mortgage bonds: legal aspects and harmonisation in Europe, Saffron Walden, 2004, Gostick Hall Publications; Tort law-Spain, Kluwer Law International, 2008/2nded. 2016) and has coordinated five on a variety of themes: trusts (2006), new legislative trends in mortgage law (2009), family law (2011), housing law (2011) and property in common (2015).
He has published more than 80 research articles and book chapters in countries such as Spain, Germany, France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Portugal, The Netherlands, the United States of America, Ireland and Poland. He has taken part as a speaker in more than 100 Conferences and Scientific events in many European countries, Middle East and in the United States. He has researched in several European Universities and Research Centres such as the University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, Association of German Mortgage Banks, Universität Münster, Universität Freiburg and University of Duke.
Dr. Nasarre-Aznar has been a visiting Professor at the University of Barcelona (Spain, 2005, 2012), University of Bremen (Germany, 2007), University of Valladolid (Spain, 2009, 2010), National University of Ireland (Galway, Ireland, 2009), University of Cambridge (UK, 2011 to 2014), Glamorgan (2012), Technion (Isr. 2015) and University of Duke (USA, 2011).
He has been appointed to various commissions charged with drafting new pieces of legislation, both for the Catalan and Spanish governments, on trusts (2006), protection of mortgagors (2011), leases (2012), housing policy (2012) and intermediate tenures (2012-2015). In his fields of expertise, he has advised both public and private institutions and has been the recipient of prizes including those of the Centro de Estudios Financieros in 2004 (first prize) and 2009 (second prize).
Since 2009, he has been leading six housing research projects and is also the Spanish partner for the TenLaw project of the 7th Framework Programme of the EU Commission on leases (2012-2015). He is also in the core team of the EU Commission Project on Evictions and Homelessness (2014-2015) and a member of the EU Parliament project on cross-border acquisition of land (2015).
He is also engaged in several research projects on the Eurohypothec (www.eurohypothec.com), the reform of European mortgage market legislation (eg. Trento Common Core Project), the Runder Tisch on mortgages (Berlin, since 2006) and the Round Table on covered bonds (Berlin, since 2010).
From 2006 to 2009 he was the Director of the Master in Business and Contractual Law (MBL) at University Rovira I Virgili. Since 2012 he codirects a Masters Course on mediation. His fields of research are European property law, securitisation, covered bonds, trusts, torts, housing and mortgages
Ms. Alice Pitini, Housing Europe Observatory (tbc)
PLENARY SESSION 6: 09:30 - 11:00 POLIS University | Classroom A5
THE MEANING AND THE MEASUREMENT OF HOUSING AFFORDABILITY ACROSS EUROPE
Professor Mark Stephens, MA, MSc, PhD, FAcSS, FRSA
Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Environment and Real Estate (I-SPHERE)
School of the Built Environment
Edinburgh EH14 4AS
Prof. Dr. Marja Elsinga
Professor Housing Institutions & Governance, Delft University of Technology
Marja Elsinga is an expert in comparative housing research and has years of experience in leading international and interdisciplinary teams. Sheis supervising PhD students from several continents all dealing with research questions on institutions and governance of adequate affordable housing in their country. She is teachinghousing issues in bachelor and master tracks and in the graduate school for Architecture and the Built Environment in TU Delft as well as in the master track in the College of Architecture and Urban Planning atTongji University in Shanghai in China.
Mr. Samir Kulenovic
Council of Europe Development Bank
PLENARY SESSION 7: 14:00 - 15:00 POLIS University | Classroom C1
HEALTH, WEALTH AND HOUSING
Prof. Dr. Rich Mitchell
Professor (MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit). University of Glasgow
Dr. Emma Baker
University of Adelaide, Australia, and co-convener of the WG on the Residential Context of Health
Dr. ROEBBEL, Nathalie Laure
World Health Organization
Technical Officer, Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organization, Geneva.
Nathalie Röbbel is a Technical Officer in the Department of Public Health, Environmental, and Social Determinants of Health at WHO in Geneva and is currently leading the department's work on housing and health. One of her main areas of work is thedevelopment of WHO Housing and Health Guidelines and WHO’s efforts to address slum upgrading through housing policies and other social policies and interventions. Before joining WHO HQ, she worked as a technical officer at the WHO Regional Office for Europe, in Bonn and Copenhagen, where she was responsible for environmental health performance reviews and involved in several housing and health related projects. Ms Röbbel holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelms University in Bonn, Germany.
PLENARY SESSION 8: 14:00 - 15:00 POLIS University | Classroom A5
SOCIAL HOUSING AND THE REFUGEE CRISIS
Assistant Professor in Urban Sociology at Department of Sociology and Sociological Research of the University of Milano Bicocca (DSRS-UNIMIB)
She holds a MA in Sociology and Social Research at University of Essex University (UK) and PhD in Social Policy at University of Bristol (UK). She has always researched on extreme forms of housing exclusion and she has collaborated with FEANTSAin Brussels. Since 2000 she is working at the University of Milano Bicocca (IT) and she has been part in several EU projects on housing:RESTATE (Restructuring Large Housing Estates in European Cities) (2002-2005) and ACRE (Accommodating Creative Knowledge – Competitiveness of European Metropolitan Regions within the Enlarged Union) (2006-2010). She has been vising researcher at Universidad de Barcelona for 6 months in 2006. Since 2010 she is in the National Board of the Italian Association of Urban Sociology (AIS) and right now is the vice- Director of the Association. Silvia has been working closely with local policy makers and practitioners implementing projects on collaborative planning in Italy and abroad (especially in decentralized cooperation programs in Lebanon and Central America). In September 2017 she will launch the first edition of a Italian Summer School in Lampedusa on Planning Sustainable Hosting for Refugees.
Prof. Dr. Silvia Mugnano
Università Bicocca, Milano.
Prof. Dr. Arjan Gjonca
Professor of Demography at London School of Economics.
ArjanGjonça is a Professor of Demography at London School of Economics. He holds a PhD in Economics (Demography) from LSE and continues to work in the Department of Social Policy at LSE as a full member of academic staff. DrGjonça started his career as an assistant professor at University of Tirana, Faculty of Economics. His work experience includes institutions such as Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research; University of Southampton, Department of Social Statistics; University of Bocconi, Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy (as visiting professor), and finally the Department of Social Policy at London School of Economics.
His research interests and publications focus on health and mortality in developing countries. More specifically his research covers thedemography of the Balkans (with particular focus on Albania); Health transition in developing and transitional Societies; Ageing in developing and transitional societies, and more recently the sex imbalances at birth and female disadvantages in health and mortality in developing countries. Past research projects focused on the importance of life style factors in health and mortality transitions for developing countries.
He is a member of different professional bodies, including International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, British Society for Population Studies (BSPS), European Association for Population Studies, Population Association of America, and many more. He has held and continues to hold honorific positions such as the Honorary Secretary of the BSPS from 2001-2004, and a member of the council from 1997 till 2004; the vice-president of DemoBalk Association; Head of the Accreditation Council of Albania and many more.
Dr.Gjonça has acted as an adviser to different international organisations and national governments, including the World Bank, UNFPA, UNDP, Albanian Government, Turkish Government and Bosnian Government. His recent contribution to policy includeschairing the Commission on the Reform of Higher Education in Albania (2013-2015), which has resulted in the introduction of new legislation on higher education in the country. Since 2015 to present he has held the position of Chair of the Accreditation Board (former Council) of Albania
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