The EU housing and real estate sector is a resilient sector with an enormous enabling impact on jobs and economic growth. In recent years, relevant drivers have impacted in the housing sector, shaping the present and future challenges:
- Technological revolution (i.e blockchain, Proptech business, etc) gives room for new business models, innovative work dynamics, greater connectivity and technological advances meaning that we need new skills and different ways of working.
- EU Parliament resolution on a European Pillar of Social Rights acknowledges housing as one of the EU social pillars and calls on the Member States to deliver on the right to adequate housing by ensuring access to quality and affordable housing.
- The European Professional Card (EPC) for real estate agents as well as the Implementation of Directive for the regulation of financial services appeal to a greater professionalization in this sector, characterized by an uneven regulation among EU State Members.
- Lessons learned from the 2007 financial crisis (i.e. consumer protection failure, evictions, homelessness) compel the housing sector for a review of the skills gaps along its value chain in order not to repeat the same mistakes in the future.
“Bridging the gap in housing studies” (Housing +) aims to improve the academic training at European level of professionals, policy makers, academics and the rest of the operators in general that participate in housing and real estate sector.
There are several disciplines that affect housing sector such as Economics, Law, Architecture, Psychology, Anthropology, Technology, etc. For that reason, it is essential to the professionals and stakeholders of this sector to understand the complex phenomenon of housing from that multiple perspective, avoiding ideologies or magical solutions. Therefore, the academic training in this area should consider all these disciplines at the same time.
This project not only will improve academic training in this sector, but also it will improve consumer protection, housing policies and the professionalization of a sector where what is at stake is the human right to access to decent and adequate housing.