Webinar: “Housing: right, asset and territory”

Date and time: Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 6 p.m. CET (Spanish time) and 11 a.m. (Central Mexico).

Other time zones:

Uruguay / Brazil / Argentina: 2 p.m.

Dominican Republic / Venezuela / Paraguay / Puerto Rico / Haiti / Cuba / Chile / Bolivia: 1:00 p.m.

Peru / Panama / Ecuador / Colombia: 12 p.m.

Nicaragua / Honduras / Guatemala / El Salvador / Costa Rica: 11 a.m.

Language: Spanish.

Platform: Microsoft Teams.


Purpose: Housing has the double consideration of a human right and a financial asset. On the one hand, housing is proclaimed as an indispensable human right for the development of individuals and families and the achievement of fundamental rights; and, on the other hand, it is one of the most important investment assets internationally. This last concept of housing was one of the triggers of the global financial and territorial crisis of 2007 and, what happened since then, calls us to understand that the problem of access and loss of housing cannot be addressed without taking into account the urbanization and territorial planning process. Our speakers are experts in this triple dimension of housing: law, asset and territory.


  • Fernando Córdova Canela: Research Professor at the University of Guadalajara, Regional Director of the UDG headquarters of the National Laboratory for Housing and Sustainable Communities CONACYT, academic representative of the Group of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction Mexico and academic member of the CONAVI-CONACYT Fund. Current coordinator of the National Strategic Program for Housing and Sustainable Habitat of CONACYT Mexico, and of the Pilot of the Network of Latin American and Caribbean Research Infrastructures on Housing and Sustainable Habitat European Union-Community of Latin American and Caribbean States. Topic to be discussed by Dr. Córdova: “Right to housing and rural communities in the Maya Train Project in Mexico”.
  • Aaron Gutiérrez: Professor at the Rovira i Virgili University, coordinator of the Interuniversity Master’s Degree in Planning, Governance and Territorial Leadership at the URV and responsible for external geography practices. Topic to be discussed by Dr. Gutiérrez: “A territorial approach to the housing crisis”.
  • Víctor Bastante Granell: Assistant Professor at the University of Almería. His research focuses on the over-indebtedness and insolvency of individuals, publishing two books on this field entitled “The debtor in good faith in the Second Chance Law: origin, basis and meaning” and “Over-indebtedness and protection of consumers. Comparative analysis of the French and Spanish models”. His field of research includes mortgage mediation, unfair terms and mortgage law. Topic to be discussed by Dr. Bastante: “Forced restructuring of mortgage debt: Myth or possible reality?”.
  • Luz Ileana Jiménez Pineda: Masters degree in Urban Projection Processes from the University of Guadalajara. She held several positions in the area of ​​Territorial Planning and Urban Development in Municipal Governments, she was Head of the Legal Area in the Jalisco Urban Development Attorney; she obtained the Luciano Parejo Alfonso Prize for studies on urban management, promotion and spatial planning (VII Edition) granted by the Ibero-American Union of Municipalities with the research “Urban Redensification Policies in Mexico” and she collaborated in the design of regulations and policies public authorities on housing and urban development. Topic to be discussed by Ms. Jiménez: “Effectiveness of the right to adequate housing in Mexico from a legal perspective”.

With the moderation of Dr. Gemma Caballé, postdoctoral researcher at the UNESCO Housing Chair of Rovira i Virgili University (URV).