European day of mediation

On january 27th 2018, we will be celebrating the European day of mediation with the mediator and psychologist Enric Vives, who will present the project ‘Tots som àrbitres’, project that won the research felowship Auriga Fvsvs 2015 and was chosen as a model by the Tarragonès Sports Council to enhance values within school sports.

Sergio Nasarre has been appointed member of the Advisory Board Editorial pf JPPEL

Prof. Dr. Sergio Nasarre has been appointed member of the Advisory Board Editorial of the prestigious international Journal of Property, Planning and Environmental Law (JPPEL) (previously International Journal of Law in the Built Environment). The magazine is indexed, among others, in SCOPUS. You can find all the information about it in

The UNESCO Housing Chair contributes to the book “Tenancy Law and Housing Policy in Europe Towards Regulatory Equilibrium”

Tenancy law has developed in all EU member states for decades, or even centuries, but constitutes a widely blank space in comparative and European law. This book, (edited by Christoph U. Schmid, Centre of European Law and Politics, Bremen University in Germany) fills an important gap in the literature by considering the diverse and complex panorama of housing policies, markets and their legal regulation across Europe. Expert contributors argue that that while unification is neither politically desired nor opportune, a European recommendation of best practices including draft rules and default contracts implementing a regulatory equilibrium would be a rewarding step forward.

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The City Council of Reus, new partner of the UNESCO Housing Chair of URV

The agreement was signed during the 6th Seminar “Empty housing, squatting and community rehabilitation”.

The UNESCO Housing Chair has as a new partner the City Council of Reus, after the Councilor for Social Welfare, Montserrat Vilella, the rector of the URV, Josep Anton Ferré, and the director of the Chair, Sergio Nasarre, have signed the agreement of adhesion in the celebration of this scientific seminar. In this way, the network of institutions that collaborate with the Chair for research and project development is expanded.

The signing of the agreement has taken place in the framework of the 6th Scientific Seminar “Empty homes, squatting and community rehabilitation”, where the projects of rehabilitation of homes by people who have need are being carried out in England by 110 groups organized with the support of a public program. The Pandorahub initiative has also been announced, which aims to convert empty rural properties into attractive places to live and work.

The seminar, which had a first presentation on Monday, September 25, has had three internationally recognized speakers: the professor of Savannah Law School (United States) specialist in real estate law Marc Roark, the professor of Housing Policy of the University from Birmingham and director of the Housing and Community Research Group to IASS David Mullins, and Diana Moret, founder of Pandorahub.

Presence of the UNESCO Housing Chair in the National Conference of Real Estate Agents in Zaragoza on 28 and 29 September 2017

Dr. Sergio Nasarre, Dr. Estela Rivas and Gemma Caballé, attended the National Conference organized by the General Council of Real Estate Agents in Zaragoza carried by the title “The Real Estate Union ” to deal with the current situation and the new challenges of the estate agents profession in Spain.

International conference TENLAW, Groningen (the Netherlands)

Doctoral researcher Rosa Maria Garcia Teruel has represented the UNESCO Housing Chair at the TENLAW International Conference, held in Groningen (the Netherlands) on 28 and 29 September. The researcher has presented and discussed the results of her doctoral thesis through the paper “Repairs in lieu of rent in tenancy law: a new option for people at risk of social exclusion”. This conference dealt with different aspects of tenancy law in Europe and its role in guaranteeing the right to housing in the current migration context.

The researcher Gemma Caballé has made a three-month research stay at the University of Cambridge (England)

The researcher of the Housing Chair Gemma Caballé has made a research stay on the occasion of her doctoral thesis from 23th of June to 23th of September at the University of Cambridge, specifically the Cambridge Center of Property Law under the supervision of Professor Dr. Martin Dixon.

Research stay in the University of Birmingham

Núria Lambea, PhD candidate in the UNESCO Housing Chair, has undertaken this summer a three-month research stay (June-September) in the University of Birmingham (United Kingdom), within the scope of her PhD on social housing management schemes. In particular, she has been within the Housing and Communities Research Group (School of Social Policy), leaded by Prof. David Mullins. There, she has focused on doing an in-depth study on the social housing system, legislation and policies in England in general and on the housing associations and their management model in particular. Moreover, the research has been enriched by a Programme undertaken with Accord housing association.

Four researchers from the UNESCO Housing Chair attended the International Conference organized by the EUROPEAN NETWORK FOR HOUSING RESEARCH (ENHR) in Tirana on 4-6 of September 2017.

Dr. Sergio Nasarre, Dr. Héctor Simón, Dr. Blanca Deusdad, Mrs. Rosa Maria Garcia and Mrs. Gemma Caballé participated in the International Conference entitled “Afforadable Housing for all Redefining the role of public and private sector “in order to discuss and design strategies related to the problem of the affordability of housing and the measures to adopt both from the private market and from the public administration.

Dr. Sergio Nasarre, representative of a COST action.

Dr. Sergio Nasarre is appointed representative of the COST action From Sharing to Caring, which will gather the research on collaborative economy in Spain. More information: