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CO-HOPE - Collaborative Housing in a Pandemic Era

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed that the failure to guarantee the right to adequate housing has had major consequences during this global crisis in Europe. CO-HOPE is a response to this health, housing and social crisis.

CO-HOPE focuses on conducting a mixed methods evaluation of the resilience and transformative capacities of collaborative housing projects and inhabitants in five European countries. It aims to co-creating participatory design approaches for future housing development, generating recommendations for policymakers, and implementing an international capacity building programme on collaborative housing that tackles the affordability-integration-health nexus. 

CO-HOPE has an inter- and transdisciplinary approach, incorporating complementary forms of knowledge through cooperation between academics and practice partners. To foster urban transformation capacities, Non-Profit Organizations active in international policy advocacy for adequate housing and the right to the city as well as Universities with extensive experience in conducting capacity-building programmes through international cooperation are leading specific work packages.

The potential-oriented recommendations for policymakers and capacity building activities are expected to contribute to a shift in housing provision towards community-led projects that foster sustainable urban development.

The key expected project results are

  • Improved understanding of the role of collaborative housing in relation to the “human right city” and the right to the city
  • Lessons drawn from the evaluated case studies focusing on the housing affordability-integration-health nexus
  • Co-created CO-HOPE participatory process
  • Lessons from the cross-country exchange
  • National recommendations for policy makers
  • Capacity building programme at higher education and popular education levels conducted.

CO-HOPE initiates an innovative and relevant research area through addressing the intersection between housing affordability, social integration and health. The potential-oriented recommendations for policymakers and capacity building activities are expected to contribute to a shift in housing provision towards sustainable community-led projects


Norma Montesino
Senior Lecturer
Phone: +46 46 222 93 89
norma [dot] montesino [at] soch [dot] lu [dot] se (norma[dot]montesino[at]soch[dot]lu[dot]se)

The project

Projekttitel: CO-HOPE / Collaborative Housing in a Pandemic Era

Time frame: April 1 2022 - March 31 2025

Budget: 1.132.842,00 €

European funding agencyJPI Urban Europe

Cooperation partners


  • Lund‘s Municipality
  • Kollektivhus Nu
  • Ferrumarkitekter
  • Arkitektgården
  • Sensus


  • Habitat Participatif France (association)
  • Hal’âge (association)
  • L’Epok (association)


  • EMVISESA (Municipal Housing Company, Municipality of Sevilla)
  • Taller ecosocialHábitat 4


  • Initiative GemeinsamBauen & Wohnen (IniGBW)


  • Tampere University