Programme and info

About the COST Action «From sharing to caring»

The main objective of this action is to develop a European network of actors focusing on the development of collaborative economy models and platforms and on social and technological implications of the collaborative economy through a practice focused approach.

About the organizer: the UNESCO Chair of Housing and the University Rovira i Virgili

The UNESCO Housing Chair of the University Rovira i Virgili (Spain) is the single Housing Research Centre in Spain with an international and interdisciplinary approach. It is a division of the Public University Rovira i Virgili, which ranks 4th among all Spanish Universities and 83 in the world among universities under 50 years (Times Higher Education).

The creation of the Chair was announced at the European Network for Housing Research 25th International Conference in June 2013, although some of its researchers have been dealing with housing research for the last 20 years. Five PhD candidates and seven senior researchers are currently working at the Chair, which main objectives are specialized research, teaching and transfer of knowledge in the field of housing.

Since June 2013, the Chair members have published 117 research works in 9 countries and have delivered 212 speeches in 26 more. The Chair has been also invited to draft five pieces of legislation for the Spanish and the Catalan governments, while has been a team member of 3 EU-funded projects (EU Parliament and EU Commission). In addition to this, the Chair is currently working at six national-funded research projects and has successfully finished other four. Since 2017 it is taking part in the “Sharing to Caring” COST Action on collaborative economy. The Housing Chair has the explicit support of 10 private and public partners. It runs two postgraduate courses on mediation and on real estate agents.

Researchers of the Chair are constantly present in the media to disseminate the results of their research topics, which cover many fields of housing, such as housing access, housing tenures, housing as a fundamental right, and management of social housing, real estate agents and tenancies.

Researchers and stakeholders can follow the Chair activities at its webpage ( and through its Newsletter (

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