Sharing Knowledge for Shared Housing: Knowledge Mobility in Social Housing Governance in Seoul

Authors: Yerin Jin*,
Topics: Urban Geography, Political Geography, Planning Geography
Keywords: knowledge mobility, social housing, housing, governance
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: Committee Room, Omni, West
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This study looks at the mobility of knowledge through the case of social housing plan in Seoul. Social housing here refers to a kind of shared housing as rented housing provided by private sector mainly for low-income households. Specific meanings of this term diverge from countries to countries; depending on their aims and the structure of real estate laws and the mechanism of housing markets. Convergence emerges that it made meaningful contribution in finding virtues of alternative housing by providing ways to consider spatial justice for those whom in need of affordable housing in the city. Findings are drawn from a case study of social housing plan of Seoul. Despite the increasing attention paid to social housing, less attempts were held to analyze social housing outside of European context. Social housing in non-European environment can be described in a disparate aspect from what previous literatures illustrated. Unlike European countries where they have gone through rich discussions over sharing economy and accumulated numerous experiments over long period of time, there have not been much outside of Europe. In Korea, the idea of social housing was unfamiliar. Accordingly, social housing plan of Seoul first began from concepts brought from European academia and applied through imitation by a few elites. By approaching social housing plan case of Seoul, this study suggests the concept of knowledge mobility in housing governance. It is to conceptualize the way how urban knowledge flows and develops as it is handed over from one to another within governance.

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