Revisiting Urban Housing Affordability in the Digital Age

When and Where

Thursday, April 27, 2023 2:00 pm to Friday, April 28, 2023 4:00 pm


A joint workshop between the University of Manchester’s Department of Geography and the University of Toronto’s Department of Geography and Planning. 

Register by 5th April at Digital Housing or scan QR code.

27 April, Ellen Wilkinson C3.19 Flyer for Revisiting Housing Affordability in the Digital Age

14:00 – 14:10 — Welcome

14:10 – 15:25 — Paper Session I

Impact of Online Real Estate Platforms on the Housing Market in Turkey
Yahya Aydın (Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University)
‘Good Enough Data?’: Charting the Housing Data Ecosystem for Dublin, Ireland
Rob Kitchin (Maynooth University)
The Petit Rentier: Extended Geographies and Technologies of Real Estate Investment between Hong Kong and Manchester
Rich Goulding, Adam Leaver and Jon Silver (University of Sheffield)

15:25 – 15:35 — Tea Break

15:35 – 16:50 — Paper Session II

Vitamin B Deficiency: Social Capital, Housing Platforms and Digital Labour in the New Berlin
Leah Aaron (University College London)
Information Asymmetry in Rental Markets: What Landlords Know but the Rest of Us Don't Mikael Brunila (McGill University), Cloé St-Hilaire (University of Waterloo) and
David Wachsmuth (McGill University)
On and Beyond Gentrifiers: Middling Transnationals, Rental Agents, and the Housing Search
Yawei Zhao (University of Manchester)

16:50 – 19:00 — Dinner

28 April, Ellen Wilkinson C3.19

10:00 – 11:00 — Book Talk

Housing Density Activism Online and Off: YIMBYism in the US

Max Holleran (University of Melbourne)

11:00 – 11:10 — Tea Break

11:10 – 12:50 — Paper Session III

Negotiating Efficiency and Equity: The Digitalization of Informal Settlement Upgrading in Namibia
Guillermo Delgado (Namibia University of Science and Technology)
Building Digital Counter-infrastructures: Municipalist and Tenant Initiatives in Barcelona Lorenzo Vidal (Uppsala University)
Changing the Subject: Trajectories of Digital / Material Housing Activism in Post-crash Dublin
Maedhbh Nic Lochlainn (University of Luxembourg)
Residualisation and Energy Issues in Social Housing: Setting the Agenda
Hannah Charles (University of Manchester)

12:50 – 14:00 — Lunch 

14:00 – 15:30 — Panel Sessions

Rob Kitchin ((Maynooth University)
Tara Vinodrai (University of Toronto)
David Wachsmuth (McGill University)
Yishuang Xu (University of Manchester)

15:30 – 16:00 — Final Thoughts