Project: Bridging the gap in Housing Studies (Housing+)

Financing entity:  European Commission

Coordination: Dr. Sergio Nasarre Aznar

Partners: UNESCO Housing Chair of URV, University of Slasky,  NUI Galway, International Union of Property Owners (UIPI), Asociación Iberoamericana del Conocimiento (GECON), Luxemburg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST).

Duration: 3 years


The European Commission has awarded the UNESCO Chair in Housing an Erasmus plus project entitled “Bridging the gap in housing studies” (Housing +), which aims to improve the academic training at European level of professionals, policy makers, academics and the rest of operators in general that participate in the housing and real estate sector.

The UNESCO Chair in Housing will coordinate for three years the development of training materials and resources that will be carried out working together with other expert institutions in housing and training such as the University of Silesia (Poland), the National University of Ireland in Galway (Ireland), the International Union of Property Owners (UIPI), Asociación Iberoamericana del Conocimiento (GECON) specialized in gamification, that is, learning through play and the Luxemburg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) expert in new technologies .

With this project we have the chance to improve academic training in this sector at a European level through the creation of training materials with interdisciplinary content. We have planned the development of six training materials:

  1. An online advanced training course in housing for said professionals and students.
  2. A guide to incorporate gamification in housing training. 
  3. An app to be able to put the contents into practice and know the consequences of decisions from different points of view (consumers, real estate professionals and policy makers).
  4. The first transnational manual on housing studies.
  5. Training videos.
  6. The design of an online course on what it means to live in horizontal property in Europe.

We hope that this project will improve academic training in this sector. The objective is to improve consumer protection, housing policies and a greater professionalization of a sector where what is at stake is the human right to access to decent and adequate housing.