Social housing and accessibility: residential location and activity patterns of social tenants (SoHoLoc)

Project Details


Social or public housing is considered a key instrument of public authorities to provide affordable
housing for underprivileged groups. Today, many dilapidated social housing estates in European city
centres are being either renovated or demolished and replaced with housing for a more diverse
socio-economic population, leading to a decreased amount of social housing in central areas. Very
few housing scholars have focused on the role and effects of such planning decisions. This is
surprising given the fact that social tenants’ satisfaction is strongly determined by the location and
accessibility of their housing. A lack of spatial accessibility could partly cancel out the material
benefits of social housing for social tenants in the form of decreased social and economic
participation. This project aims to explore to what extent social housing providers and policies take
spatial accessibility into account and how the location of social housing influences mobility-related
social exclusion. To achieve this, this project includes the following components: 1) an analysis of
location policies for social housing in Flanders as well as other regions throughout Europe, 2) a
spatial analysis of accessibility and built environment characteristics of the current and planned social
housing estates in Flanders and 3) an examination of whether limited accessibility results in
constrained and less satisfying activity patterns for social tenants
Effective start/end date1/01/24 → 31/12/27


  • social housing
  • accessibility
  • mobility-related social exclusion

Flemish discipline codes in use since 2023

  • Urbanism and regional planning
  • Geography of mobility and transportation
  • Transport planning
  • Housing markets, development, management


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