The right to housing is a fundamental human right. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the pre-existing and long-standing housing inequality crisis in cities. Approximately 1.8 billion people live in precarious housing conditions.
Overcrowded accommodation, lack of proper sanitation and safe water supply leave communities fatally exposed to infection. Long term approaches to housing that address inequalities are crucial to promote post-disaster recovery and protect vulnerable communities from extreme events in the future.
This panel discussion brought together University of Glasgow researchers, project partners and policymakers to discuss sustainable housing policy responses.
Chair and speakers
- Robert Lewis-Lettington (Chair) – UN-Habitat, Chief of Section for the Land, Housing and Shelter Urban Practices Branch
- Professor Vittal Katikireddi – Deputy Director of the NIHR Global Health Research Group on Social Policy and Health Inequalities, University of Glasgow.
- Professor Ken Gibb – Director of the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence, University of Glasgow.
- Dr Josephine Mwongeli – University of Rwanda and GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC)
- Rajiv Ranjan Mishra – Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India
- Dr Mauro Sanchez – Epidemiologist performing research activities with the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Brazil.
- Dr. Smarajit Jana – Member of the national task force on COVID 19 (Government of India) and Chief Advisor to the Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee
This event took place on Wednesday 28 October 2020.