‘Stay Home Without a Home’:

Report from a webinar on the right to housing

Guya Accornero, Mona Harb, Alex F. Magalhães, Felipe G. Santos, Giovanni Semi, Samuel Stein and Simone Tulumello

Published in Issue 2.1 // Updates

Keywords: Covid-19, webinar, right to housing, political struggle, Brazil, Italy, Lebanon, Portugal

Abstract:

This Update reports from a webinar on the impacts on the right to housing and linked political struggles of the lockdown measures put in place globally amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Three main threads emerged through the conversation: the impacts of the pandemic are deepening pre-existing housing inequalities, while governments’ responses are largely insufficient; activists and contentious actors worldwide are changing their framings and repertoires to adapt to lockdown measures and attempt to radicalise their action; possibilities, albeit limited, are opening for the construction of global networks of struggle.

Guya Accornero is assistant professor in Political Science at the Lisbon University Institute (ISCTE-IUL) and integrated researcher at the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology (CIES-IUL). Mona Harb is professor of Urban Studies and Politics at the Department of Architecture and Design of the American University of Beirut, and member of the and Beirut Urban Lab. Alex F. Magalhães is associate professor in Planning and Urbanistic Law at the Institute of Urban and Regional Planning and Research of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Felipe G. Santos is postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Politics of the University of Manchester. Giovanni Semi is associate professor of Sociology at the Department of Cultures, Politics and Society of the University of Turin. Samuel Stein is PhD candidate in Geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and an urban studies instructor at Hunter College. Simone Tulumello is assistant research professor in Human Geography at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon.

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