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Panel 16. Tackling Housing Inequalities in the Era of Climate Adaptation


  • Roberta Cucca (Norwegian University of Life Sciences-Ås)
  • Massimo Bricocoli (Politecnico di Milano)
  • Sonia Arbaci (UCL-London)


As society must deal with the escalating impacts of climate crisis, the nexus between housing inequalities and climate adaptation is emerging as a critical concern across the world. On one side, we face issues related to displacement due to climate-related challenges. Sea-level rise, wildfires, hurricanes, and floods are forcing people from their homes at an alarming rate. Those who are displaced often confront uncertain futures, struggling to find affordable and safe housing. On the other side, we face issues related to displacement and exclusion resulting from climate adaptation strategies. The green transition is indeed expected to involve profound transformations towards sustainability and energy efficiency in multiple sectors of society and the economy. Among these, there is a strong focus on housing as one of the most climate-exposed and energy-consuming sectors. However, critical challenges have emerged, as housing solutions that are ecologically more effective might also be socially more exclusionary. Urban planning, architectural design and housing policies play pivotal roles in addressing these inequalities. Creating communities that are both climate-resilient and socially inclusive requires thoughtful planning. It means providing affordable, sustainable, and energy-efficient housing options that cater to diverse socioeconomic groups. 

The session aims to bring together scholars, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers across Global South and Global North to explore the multifaceted challenges and innovative solutions related to housing inequalities in the context of climate adaptation. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Climate adaptation-induced Housing inequalities: Research and case studies on the causes, consequences, and mitigation strategies for housing displacement and housing affordability problems resulting from climate adaptation (ecological retrofitting, rehabilitation and improvement of green and blue infrastructures, etc.). 
  • Policy Approaches and outputs: Evaluating policy frameworks and governance models that promote / prevent equitable housing adaptation in the face of climate change.
  • Financing Strategies: Analyzing financial mechanisms and strategies supporting / preventing equitable housing adaptation in a changing climate.
  • Urban Planning and Design: Examining sustainable urban planning and architectural solutions that consider the impact of climate resilience and housing equity.
  • Community Empowerment and governance: Showcasing community-driven initiatives, grassroots efforts, actors and practices leading urban planning and architecture solutions to address housing disparities in the context of climate adaptation. 

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