Journal of the UNESCO Housing Chair

The 14 issue of the journal Housing has been published:



Below you may find the scientific reports entrusted to the UNESCO Housing Chair or those ones in which the Chair’s researchers collaborated.

Book “La gran apuesta”

The book “La gran apuesta” by Prof. Dr. Sergio Nasarre Aznar has been published, contextualizing the film of the same title: greed without limits or control in the mortgage market and betting against it.

El libro se enmarca en la Colección de Cine y Derecho de la editorial Tirant lo Blanch que ha obtenido la Medalla de Oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes 2020.

The book is part of the Film and Law Collection of the Tirant lo Blanch publishing house, which has obtained the Medalla de Oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes 2020.

More information about the Medal at:

More information about the book at:




The Chair collaborates with the Altafulla City Council for the drafting of its Municipal Housing Action Program.


Publication of the ENHR Newsletter

The European Network for Housing Research has just published its Newsletter 4/2020, in which it refers to some of the news from the URV UNESCO Chair on Housing. We can highlight the publication of the books ” La intermediación inmobiliaria ante los nuevos retos de la vivienda” (Dr. Gemma Caballé Fabra) and “La Gran Apuesta. Avaricia. El beneficio sin responsabilidad” (Prof. Dr. Sergio Nasarre Aznar). It is available at the following link:

Universal accessibility

The Chair has adhered to the Manifesto to promote universal accessibility as a priority: comprehensive rehabilitation of the home of the Fundación Mutua de Propietarios.


Solidarity Videos

Prof. Dr. Sergio Nasarre Aznar participates in the Marato2020 Covid Salou with a video to explain the impact of the covid on the housing market. The video is in:

All videos are in:

Project: Bridging the gap in Housing Studies (Housing+)

Financing entity:  European Commission

Coordination: Dr. Sergio Nasarre Aznar

Partners: UNESCO Housing Chair of URV, University of Slasky,  NUI Galway, International Union of Property Owners (UIPI), Asociación Iberoamericana del Conocimiento (GECON), Luxemburg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST).

Duration: 3 years


The European Commission has awarded the UNESCO Chair in Housing an Erasmus plus project entitled “Bridging the gap in housing studies” (Housing +), which aims to improve the academic training at European level of professionals, policy makers, academics and the rest of operators in general that participate in the housing and real estate sector.

The UNESCO Chair in Housing will coordinate for three years the development of training materials and resources that will be carried out working together with other expert institutions in housing and training such as the University of Silesia (Poland), the National University of Ireland in Galway (Ireland), the International Union of Property Owners (UIPI), Asociación Iberoamericana del Conocimiento (GECON) specialized in gamification, that is, learning through play and the Luxemburg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) expert in new technologies .

With this project we have the chance to improve academic training in this sector at a European level through the creation of training materials with interdisciplinary content. We have planned the development of six training materials:

  1. An online advanced training course in housing for said professionals and students.
  2. A guide to incorporate gamification in housing training. 
  3. An app to be able to put the contents into practice and know the consequences of decisions from different points of view (consumers, real estate professionals and policy makers).
  4. The first transnational manual on housing studies.
  5. Training videos.
  6. The design of an online course on what it means to live in horizontal property in Europe.

We hope that this project will improve academic training in this sector. The objective is to improve consumer protection, housing policies and a greater professionalization of a sector where what is at stake is the human right to access to decent and adequate housing.

European Comission

The study “Study on switching of financial services and products” has been published where Prof. Dr. Sergio Nasarre has contributed by analyzing the greater or lesser difficulty of consumers in changing banks with their financial products, including mortgages, in Europe. The idea of the euro mortgage is recovered so as not to have to depend on national banks.


The Threshold

UN-Habitat Spain has received one of the courtesy copies of the “The Threshold” simulation experience within the framework of the activities carried out by the Chair of in fulfillment of its founding objective of transferring knowledge specialized. We are pleased with the good reception from the institutions, and we hope that this contribution can contribute to reflecting on the problem of homelessness.