VI Conference of the URV

On the 14 of June 2019 Prof. Dr. Sergio Nasarre and Ms. Gemma Caballé presented a communication in the VI Conference on teaching innovation on how housing research carried out in the UNESCO Chair is introduced in university teaching and the challenges that we still have in our country in this sense, such as, an interdisciplinary university degree on housing.

5th Summer Course of the UNESCO Housing Chair URV, inaugurated by Dr. Marc Roark

The 5thSummer Course of the UNESCO Housing Chair URV took place last Friday in Cambrils. It attracted a wide audience and addressed the new Spanish Act 5/2019 on the protection of consumers of mortgage loans. Dr. Mark Roark was in charge of the inaugural conference. Dr. Roark, Professor of Law in the Southern University Law Center (Louisiana, USA), stayed with the Housing Chair for a week, undertaking a research stay.


Participation of Dr. Sergio Nasarre a: 45th UIPI  International Congress: Collaborative Economy In the Real Estate Sector: An Opportunity For Europe

The International Union of Property Owners (UIPI) held its 45th International Congress in Rome, Italy, from 6 to 9 June 2019, to discuss the growing importance of the collaborative economy in the real estate sector, and the opportunities and challenges it entails for European property owners. 

The Congress, hosted by Confedilizia, the Italian property owners’ association, brought together more than 150 representatives from all over Europe, together with EU and national policy-makers, experts from the housing and real estate sectors as well as high-profile researchers.

Collaborative business models are reshaping the short-term accommodation market by creating new sources of income and employment opportunities for European citizens. At the same time, local housing markets and direct neighbourhoods are concerned by this new phenomenon, sometimes with adverse consequences.

To overcome these challenges, the Italian Undersecretary for Economic Development, Andrea Cioffi, underlined the need to create the tools that enable citizens to fully benefit from these new business models, while Mara Carfagna – Vice-President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies – stressed in her welcome message the crucial importance of property owners’ organisations in this regard, especially in providing information, analyses and ideas for decision-makers.

Giorgio Spaziani Testa, President of Confedilizia, highlighted a key aspect of collaborative short-term rentals, stating that “the sharing economy can help families in smaller cities and rural areas pay their taxes as well as revive entire villages.

In an attempt to reconcile all interests at stake, the President of UIPI, Stratos Paradias, emphasised the need for careful and well-thought policies: “What we need is a comprehensive, inclusive and balanced approach which could ensure harmony in our communities, enabling us to move forward, whilst preserving the legacy we bring with us, notably our values, our common heritage and property.


Dr. Diana Marín and Dr. Estela Rivas have given the presentations called “Platform economy and international litigation in the labour field” and “Participatory financing platforms”, respectively, at the conference: “Transnational trade-digital economy: taxes and customs”, which took place in Tarragona.

5th Summer Course

The protection of Spanish mortgage debtors. The new Law 5/2019.



Prof. Nasarre was invited to lecture and to participate in two round tables at the international conference EIJC & Dataharvest that took place in Malines, May 14-17, 2019. Prof. Nasarre’s interventions dealt with the situation of access to housing in Europe and the relationships between housing researchers, lobbyists and media professionals.

Conflict resolution and housing

On May 10th, the UNESCO Housing Chair of URV brought together more than fifty people around the topic “Conflict resolution and housing”, which addressed issues such as the use of mediation in leases proceedings, conciliation by property registrars, OFIDEUTE programs or conflict resolution programs of various institutions such as the Board of Property Managers or Sogeviso (Banc Sabadell company). The day was inaugurated by Mg. Rector of the URV, Dr. Maria José Figueras, and the closing session was given by Mr. Xavier Bernadí, general director of Law and Legal Entities of the Catalan government.

The inaugural conference

Prof. Sergio Nasarre was invited on May 6, 2019 by the Chamber of Deputies of Mexico to give the inaugural conference of the Housing Forum in Guadalajara. Dr. Nasarre developed the paper starting from the controversial right to housing and how to make it really tangible, even in countries, such as Mexico, which foresee it as a fundamental right in its constitutional text. Issues such as uncontrolled urban sprawl, lack of services and lack of territorial cohesion should serve as the basis for the development of new stable housing policies in the country as well as legislative changes oriented, among others, to the diversification of forms of tenure.

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