“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