How the COVID-19 pandemic has shaped housing struggles in Lebanon

Mona Fawaz, Mona Harb, Karim Nammour, Farah Salka with Michele Lancione, Ana Vilenica

Published in Issue 3.1 // Conversations

Keywords: Lebanon, COVID-19, housing struggles, crisis

Abstract:

In this conversation two of our Editors (Ana and Michele) are encountering researchers and organisers from Lebanon to reflect around the struggle for housing in the midst of the pandemic. They are Mona Fawaz, Mona Harb, Karim Nammour, Farah Salka. In this conversation, we tackle issues of new and old forms of housing injustices, housing policy, old and emerging inequalities, as well as forms of organising against the increasing housing violence.

Mona Fawaz (MF) is Professor of Urban Studies and Planning and a research lead at the Beirut Urban Lab, both at the American University of Beirut.

Mona Harb (MH) is Professor of Urban Studies and Politics and research lead at the Beirut Urban Lab at the American University of Beirut. She works on institutions and urban governance in contexts of contested sovereignties.

Karim Nammour (KN) is a Lebanese lawyer and a legal researcher based in Beirut, a member of the Legal Agenda (an action-research center based in Beirut), and the host of the Qanuni Podcast (a legal podcast show broadcasted in Arabic language).

Farah Salka (FS) is a feminist and anti-racist organizer, based in Beirut, Lebanon. She is the co-founder and ED of the Anti-Racism Movement (ARM) and works on organizing with migrant communities, asylum seekers and migrant domestic workers. Farah is a member of the Global Advisory panel of Equality Fund and on the Advisory Board of The A-Project, Lebanon and Doria Fund, MENA. She is a board member and co-chair of Mamacash.

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