Webinar: Racism and Discrimination at the housing market


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More than one third of the rental housing agents in the Netherlands are prepared to exclude people with foreign names from the properties they offer (Art.1/Radar 2021). In this webinar we will take a closer look at unequal treatment at the housing market and discuss the wider societal impact of these processes of exclusion. We also zoom in on the specific situation of the city of Utrecht and raise the question what can be done to make the Dutch housing market more inclusive. 

This new webinar series organized by the Focus Area Migration and Societal Change discusses the major trends concerning migration, racism and discrimination. High levels of racism, as well as institutionalized or structural discrimination are causing various forms of inequality in society and have negative effects on quality of life and social cohesion. For more information on the series, visit this link.


Dr. Gideon Bolt is Associate Professor in Urban Geography at the Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning at Utrecht University. He is one of the coordinators of the ENHR (European Network of Housing Researchers) working group Housing and Minority Ethnic Groups and is an editor of the Journal of Housing and the Built Environment. His publications focus on the link between residential segregation and integration, bridging and bonding social capital, policies aimed at reducing segregation, as well as the issue of social cohesion in a society that is increasingly diversifying.

Jan de Vries has worked for almost 20 years in the field of human rights and advocacy. He has developed, implemented, trained and advised on advocacy strategies and human rights. He works on the right to housing and homelessness in the Netherlands. He is board member of Bureau Straatjurist (paralegal support for homeless persons) and he is a steering group member of the Straatalliantie. He recently finished a research on advocacy on homelessness in the Netherlands.

Jacob Herrie is involved in the Bond Precaire Woonvormen since 4 years. He is also a member of Stadswevers, a group of people who investigate notions of place and sense of community using artistic methodologies. He is a graduate of Urban Geography at Utrecht University.

Join us in this webinar organized by the Focus Area on Migration and Societal Change and moderated by Dr. Ilse van Liempt. Register by sending an email to migration@uu.nl

Please note down the next webinars in your calendar already: 

  • 19 November: Racism and discrimination within universities with Dr. Jamila Mascat (UU), Louise Autar and Ragna Senf from InclUUsion 
  • 10 December: Non-discrimination and Human Rights, with Dr. Alexandra Timmer (UU), Lisenne Delgado (UCR) and a representative of the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights (College voor de Rechten van de Mens).
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Register by sending an email to migration@uu.nl