International research partner

The Housing Chair of the URV will be one of the of the Department of Civil Law at the University of Malta in the project entitled ‘Systematising Smart Contracts within Classical Contract Law Theory’. The Department of Civil Law, of which a PhD graduate of the Housing Chair, Kurt Xerri, forms part, has been awarded a Research Excellence Grant of EUR 60k from the Research Grant Committee of the University of Malta, towards the end of conducting research on the legal effects of computer protocols containing partially or fully self-executing, self-enforcing agreements.  This will be done over a two-year period from January 2020 to 2021.  As a partner, the URV will be involved in all the various stages of the project.

Maltese Law

5/11/2019: the Parliament of Malta unanimously approved the Private Residential Leases Act, a new law that will come into force on the 1st January 2020 and that will regularise the liberalised private rented sector in Malta.  The new law will make it obligatory for every lessor to register the rental agreement with the Housing Authority and it has also fixed a minimum contractual duration of one year, with the lessor being further bound to notify the lessee about any eventual renewal or termination of the agreement at least three months before its expiration.  The Private Residential Leases Act is the product of a research team co-ordinated by Kurt Xerri, a PhD graduate of the UNESCO Housing Chair, who is currently serving as an advisor to the Parliamentary Secretary for Social Accommodation, the Hon. Roderick Galdes.

Conference: 360º housing

On October 31st, the Chair organized the Conference “Housing in 360º” at La Pedrera in Barcelona. You may find the program in the following link:

The house in 360º

Este jueves 31 de octubre en La Pedrera la Càtedra UNESCO d’Habitatge de la URV organiza el evento “La vivienda en 360º” que se centra en la problemática del acceso y en la de la pérdida de la vivienda. Además de las tres sesiones con expertos, se proyectará el documental “El umbral” y se mostrará la experiencia “El llindar”, destinados a la sensibilización sobre la problemática de la exclusión residencial y del sinhogarismo.

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El programa completo está disponible en

Ministerio de Fomento

On October 23, Prof. Dr. Sergio Nasarre and Dr. Estela Rivas met with the Director General of Architecture, Housing and Land, Mr. Javier Martín, to transfer the research carried out by the Chair.

European Commission

Prof. Sergio Nasarre participated in a session with the European Commission in Brussels on October 3, 2019, with the purpose of analyzing the mechanisms in Europe to favor the change of bank by mortgage debtors.


The Threshold: promoting protection of the right to housing – Homelessnes prevention in the context of evictions”, a research project promoted by the UNESCO Housing Chair, has been awarded a prize from the Social Council URV due to its social impact. This social impact award recognizes, under the category of social sciences and humanities, those research projects that are expected to improve the society. The proposal was submitted by Sergio Nasarre, Estela Rivas and Juan Luis Gonzalo, thanks also to the collaboration of Marc Solé, Ariadna González, Héctor Herrero, Isidre Monreal, Neus Sabaté, Javier Coca and Jordi de Andrés.

The Threshold

The UNESCO Housing Chair has presented “The Threshold simulation experience to raise awareness about Homelessness” European Research Night of the URV on the 27th of September in Tarragona.

European Research Night

The Chair will participate at the European Research Night of the URV on the 27th September 2019 at Plaça Corsini in Tarragona. Researchers will present “THE THRESHOLD”, A SIMULATION EXPERIENCE TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT HOMELESSNESS” at 16:30.


Spanish Government’s

Prof. Dr. Sergio Nasarre, one of the 15 experts consulted for the Spanish Government’s housing programme