Journal of the UNESCO Housing Chair

The 11 issue of the journal Housing has been published.

Big Blue Book

The UN “Big Blue Book” has been published. It gathers 70 Universities worldwide that contribute, thanks to their research in the field of cities and urban studies, to achieve the global challenge number 11 (sustainable cities). Our UNESCO Housing Chair is located within these 70 Universities this year. Yo can find the link here:


Published the new decree on the system of rental income for urban leases in Catalonia (Decree Law 9/2019, of May 21)

Here is the complete book chapter of Prof. Sergio Nasarre a few months ago, where he already developed a very similar system to the one finally approved. It is available at:ón.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3aKLTNPuem_mTtaveOlikHyGlujXwnF9rasgqUoTe8q8pWF8C8l4ZVYpo

And the entire book is available at


“Plataformas de Capital versus Plataformas Sociales en la Economía Colaborativa: Punto de vista jurídico internacional”

Maria Font i Mas

In the economy, we distinguish, in a simple way, the strictly capitalist business sector and the corporate social sector. This simple dichotomy has been transferred to the scope of the collaborative economy, which mistakenly includes under the same name capital platforms and social platforms. These platforms have in common different factors, for instance, namely that they essentially use the digital platform to develop their activity; but they differ in that the first ones seek to maximize capital and the platform is a mere messenger that manages economic transactions just like the classical economy. In front of these, there are social platforms in which the main objective is not for profit, although benefits are obtained, the goal being to have a social impact, at the same time that it provides services or products to the users, following specific values. (…)


“The social impact of research in the field of housing. The case of the UNESCO Chair of housing of the Rovira i Virgili University”

Prof. Dr. Sergio Nasarre Aznar and Gemma Caballé Fabra.

Born from a need to return to society the results of many years of intenseresearch on mortgage and housing law, the University Rovira i Virgili Housing Chair  was created as a functional vehicle to transfer knowledge and to achieve a tangible social  impact through facilitating access to housing.

This article describes the circumstances  that led to the establishment of the Chair, the only UNESCO Housing Chair in the  world, and analyzes its value chain, which links research with specialized teaching,  knowledge transfer and social impact. The article also presents key aspects of the Chair  and provides examples of its activity and impact with specific results


The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the constitutionalisation of private law: a new way to protect the right to housing?

Dr. Héctor Simón Moreno

Revista Crítica de Derecho Inmobiliario, núm. 771, 2019

Publication of a paper on reverse mortgages

Dr. Héctor Simón has published the article “The regulation of reverse mortgages as a source of income in retirement: policy options and legal drivers” in the Journal of Housing and the Built Environment (, which analyzes policy options to encourage the contracting of reverse mortgages from a legal perspective. A full-text view-only version of the paper is available at

Diari de Tarragona

Ciudades y comunidades sostenibles

Andrés Labella, Diari de Tarragona, 10/03/2019

Publication of the Catalogue of services for homeless in Tarragona

The Catalogue of services for homeless in Tarragona has been published. It contains all the existing actors and resources for homeless people in Tarragona city. This Catalogue has been fostered and undertaken by the Xarxa d’Atenció Integral de Persones Sense Llarde Tarragona, a Network spurred by the Municipal Institute for Social Services in Tarragona (IMSST) and working for homeless people in this city. The UNESCO Housing Chair is part of this Network, together with public authorities, social entities and other university institutes. It has been created to give priority to homelessness within the social policies.

Look it up here: