CRESR Seminar - Generation Rent: An international perspective

Start date: 
Wed, 08/11/2017
Closing date: 
Wed, 08/11/2017
Sheffield Hallam University, City Campus, Stoddart Building, Room 7139
Event contact: 
Ian Wilson & Ben Pattison (Tel: 0114 225 3073)


Richard Ronald
University of Amsterdam


The recent rapid growth of the private rented sector represents a major change in the UK’s housing system and wider society. This unexpected growth has been popularised as ‘generation rent’ and become a political battleground. In this seminar Richard Ronald will draw on the findings from recent international research to discuss the ‘generation rent’ phenomenon. These trends underpinning ‘generation rent’ are not confined to the UK but are part of wider trends relating to labour markets, wealth and welfare policy. The growth of ‘generation rent’ links to Richard’s previous research on ideologies of homeownership, asset-based welfare and intergenerational wealth. This seminar will provide a broader perspective on a topical political and policy issue.


Richard Ronald is Professor of Housing, Society and Space at the Centre for Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He is also an Honorary Professor at the University of Birmingham in the UK. Among other functions, he is the editor of the International Journal of Housing Policy, coordinator of the Home Ownership and Globalization Working Group of the European Network for Housing Research and Co-editor of the Palgrave book series, 'The Contemporary City'. He has published widely on housing in relation to social, economic and urban transformations in Europe and Pacific Asia including a number of monographs and edited volumes. Richard has held Japan Foundation as well as Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowships at Kobe University in Japan (2002-2006), and been a Visiting Professor at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, South Korea (2010-2012) as well at the Asia Research Institute as National Unversity Singapore (2015). He is originally a graduate of the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University in the UK.

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