Collaborative Housing in Europe: Conceptualising the field (Special Issue in Housing, Theory and Society, Vol. 37, No. 1)
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Since the 1990s, many European countries have seen the development of a wide range of self-organised forms of collective housing provision. These take a variety of shapes, including Community Land Trusts (CLTs), co-housing, residents? cooperatives, self-help and self-build initiatives, experimental work-life communities, ecological housing communities, new settlements based on (local) community asset ownership, etc. While not entirely new, this recent wave of collective self-organised housing features some new aspects and approaches, including concerns for wider social inclusion and cohesion as well as affordability and higher environmental sustainability standards.
With this special issue, we wish to encourage further theoretical and empirical enquiry into the nature and characteristics of collaborative housing. Contributions were invited from different disciplinary backgrounds and papers applying various theoretical perspectives. Published papers should challenge readers? existing knowledge about forms of collaborative housing and contribute to a better and more comprehensive conceptual understanding of this phenomenon.