Track 2

Informal Housing, Land Tenure and Government Programs

  • Babatunde Agbola
    • Ibadan University (Nigeria)
  • Maria Lúcia Refinetti Rodrigues Martins
    • São Paulo University (Brazil)
  • Utpal Sharma
    • Nirma University (India)

Informal housing, strongly present in large cities of global South for a long time, begins to appear in the North and to increase in the South after economic adjustment and the many crises in the late twentieth century.

As informal It’s understood everything that is done out of the laws in a certain matter. Not every irregularity is associated with precariousness: there are subdivisions and quality villas, well built and yet, from a legal point of view, irregular, particularly in places of tourist interest.

But the informality, this track is facing, is just the one related to precariousness and vulnerability: settlements and housing under standards, with lack of infrastructure and urbanity, poor access to public services, difficulty to access work and insecurity of tenure Therefor, the track welcome research papers that tackle the many sort of informality and precariousness present in the city edges or inside the regular developed land in the diverse parts of the world, on aspects as:

  • Descriptions and quantification of informality in proportion to the total of (“normal”) dwellings, as well as reflections that articulate the conformation of these informalities to the social and economic processes of their countries;
  • Current Policies facing informality and how the paradigms of public housing directed to the diverse kind of informalities and precariousness are changing along the years;
  • Social impacts of urban policies on land tenure regularization and physical upgrading by urbanization; urban control systems installed after the finalization of upgrading jobs;
  • Informality and abandonment in and around public social housing estates;
  • Policies and systems to promote secure tenure and to prevent forced evictions;
  • Governance and policies to existing informal housing in the case of urban renewal in derelict areas;
  • Prevention from market eviction of the urban poor;