Federation for
Housing and

Hague Housing Conference 2014

Friday 28.02.2014
Bel Air Hotel: The Hague, Netherlands

Neo-liberal ideas and social housing realities. Affordable housing when government participation is shrinking.

About the Conference

The second Hague Housing conference will stimulate an in-depth discussion about the continuing retreat of the state from housing assistance, its impact on housing policies and on the performance of the housing sector as a whole. The conference will provide a dynamic and professional environment for participants to explore the impacts of liberalization policies on social housing provision and overall housing affordability and accessibility in different countries. The conference will further explore various mechanisms and experiments in the actual context to provide affordable housing opportunities at scale.



Our exciting speaker lineup includes:

  • Christine Whitehead, Professor of Housing Economics, London School of Economics
  • Marja Hoek-Smit, Director of the International Housing Finance Program of the Wharton School Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center
  • Palle Adamsen, Managing Director of Lejerbo (Housing Association)
  • Maria Molenaar, CEO of Woonstad Rotterdam
  • Robert Buckley, Senior fellow in the Graduate Program in International Affairs at The New School
  • Anne Lacaton, Co-founder of the Lacaton & Vassal Architects in Paris
  • Fernanda Lonardoni, Housing policy practitioner at UN-Habitat
  • Sheela Patel, Founder of the Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC)
  • Willem van Vliet, Directs the Children, Youth and Environments Center for Community Engagement
  • Katy Lock, Garden Cities and New Towns Advocate at TCPA
  • Michelle Provoost,  Director of the International New Town Institute (INTI) in Almere

Moderator - Claudio Acioly, Head Capacity Development Unit, Housing & Urban Management Expert UN-HABITAT.

>> Find out more about the speakers.


Urbego workshop in Rotterdam

24. - 27. February
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Study Tour in Rotterdam

27. February at 10.00
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Conference Reception at Bel Air Hotel The Hague 

27. February at 18.00


Conference Programme

28. February

09.00 - 10.15 OPENING
Rethinking government participation in housing delivery
10.30 - 12.00 PANEL DISCUSSION
Beyond social housing
Results of the four days’ workshop
14.15 - 16.30 FOCUS GROUPS
Neo – liberal ideas and affordable housing realities:geographical perspectives

>> Detailed programme


Online registration closed

IFHP members: € 200.00
Non IFHP members: € 250.00
Student: € 50.00


>> It is possible to register at the congress. Please arrive early if you wish to register on-site. Payment for on-site registration can only be made by cash.


Contact information

Giulia Maci:



Bel Air Hotel in The Hague located ideally between Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and Rotterdam The Hague Airport. Both are within 45 minutes travel distance.



We have secured a number of rooms at Worldhotel Bel Air The Hague at extremely low rates for Conference delegates. Delegates must make reservations directly with the hotel and confirm their presence at the conference or send in a booking form to 


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