New Open-access Book: Precarious Housing in Europe – A Critical Guide

The textbook Precarious Housing in Europe – A critical guide on cross-cutting issues around precarious housing in the Old Continent is now printed and available online to provide a profound and solid synthesis and analysis of the critical elements of housing precariousness.

This Critical Guide adds to the academic debate on causes, symptoms, consequences and possible solutions and makes them accessible for teaching, learning and self-study across multiple disciplines in higher education. In addition, it can serve as a guide for policy makers and other practitioners dealing with urban policy and human rights protection.

The book consists of seven chapters dedicated to particular manifestations of precariousness in different contexts and specific groups affected by precarious housing. Corresponding e-modules include practical assignments and complementary sources for further learning and research in text, audio or video format.

Chapter 1 introduces the concept of precarious housing, while Chapter 2 outlines the wider structural changes in European economies and housing policies that have led to a lack of affordable housing. Chapter 3 then examines one of the key consequences of a growing lack of affordable housing in Europe, housing evictions and the displacement of residents. Chapter 4 considers how a migration status impacts migrants’ ability to access affordable, safe, and secure housing generally and for refugees in particular.

Chapter 5 and Chapter 6“Informal settlements” and “Homelessness” – were drafted by the research team of the Open Society Institute – Sofia and present the scope, causes and dynamics of homelessness and illegally built housing and settlements such as migrant camps, neighbourhoods with a high concentration of poverty and often ethnically segregated and marginalized urban areas.

The concludingChapter 7 presents and discusses public policy and measures aimed at reducing precariousness in housing and alleviating the burden of related challenges.

The first draft of the chapters was discussed during a series of international multiplier events, in which a number of researchers, scholars, experts, practitioners and university students participated, contributing to an exercise of collective review and co-creation. PusH Strategic partnership partners also contributed to the chapters through revisions, discussions and by writing important insights on specific topics/contexts.

The book has been published by the Edition Donau-Universität Krems at the University for Continuing Education Krems in Austria and the open-access in pdf format is available for direct download here.

To visit the dedicated page on the publisher’s website go here.

The book and corresponding e-modules can be downloaded at the PusH project website here.


This book and the corresponding e-modules are the product of intensive international and transdisciplinary collaboration and intellectual exchange carried out within the project “PusH – Precarious housing in Europe”, financed under the “Erasmus +” Program of the European Union. The project is a partnership initiative of the Open Society Institute – Sofia, the universities of Durham (UK), Utrecht (Netherlands), Venice (Italy), Leuphana (Germany), Danube University Krems (Austria) and the Center for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Hungary).

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