Book Discussion: "Housing as Commons: Housing Alternatives as Response to the Current Urban Crisis"

  • Travlou, P. (Keynote/plenary speaker)
  • Stavros Stavrides (Keynote/plenary speaker)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar


Conveners: Professor Stavros Stavrides (NTUA) & Dr Penny Travlou (University of Edinburgh)
(Note: we will also invited book authors who are attending the RC21, TBC)

Publisher/Series: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Editors: Professor Stavros Stavrides & Penny Travlou

Publication Date: 11 August 2022

ISBN: HB: 978-1-7869-9998-6

Extent (pages):


Experiences of the struggle for housing, ignited by the lack of social and affordable housing, have led to the establishing of shared and self-managed housing areas. In such a context, it becomes crucially important to re-think the need to define common urban worlds ‘from below’. Here, Stavros Stavrides and Penny Travlou trace contemporary practices of urban commoning through which people re-define housing economies.Connecting to a rich literature on the importance of commons and of practices of commoning for the creation of emancipated societies, the authors discuss whether housing struggles and co-habitation experiences may contribute in crucial ways to the development of a commoning culture. The authors explore a variety of urban contexts through global case studies from across the Global North and South, in search of concrete examples that illustrate the potentialities of urban commoning.


Roundtable presentation with: Book Editors (Stavros Stavrides & Penny Travlou) and contributors (Catalina Ortiz, Lalitha Kamath, Purva Dewoolkar)
Period26 Aug 2022
Event typeOther
LocationAthens, GreeceShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • housing
  • urban commons
  • commoning
  • housing struggles
  • social movements