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Georgia Workshop on Social Housing

Geoff was invited by Peter Schubeler, a GPA Associate and long term colleague, to contribute to a National Workshop on Housing Practices at the mountain village of Sighnaghi, near the Capital of Tbilisi. The workshop was funded by the Swiss Development Cooperation Agency (SDC) at the request of the Ministry of Refugees and Accommodation to discuss issues and options relating to housing for internally displaced persons (IDPs) following the conflict in South Ossetia with Russia in 2008. This resulted in the displacement of 40,000 people, many of whom are living in poor housing conditions in and around Tbilisi.

The workshop provided an opportunity to link housing policies for IDPs with the broader issues of social housing, specially given the large stock of privatised departments from the Soviet era, which need upgrading and refurbishment. Geoff made three presentations on housing in a market economy, options for innovation in housing provision based on international experience and issues relating to the implementation of policy objectives. Discussions identified a number of approaches which participants from the Ministry and other government departments selected for further consideration.

New GPA Associates!

GPA has always collaborated closely with a number of professional colleagues working in related activities on housing and urban development in developing countries. Some of these colleauges have many years of experience in teaching, research and/or consultancy, others are at the early stages of their careers. For this reason GPA has established a small group of GPA Associates and research assistants. As the number and range of assignments has increased, so has the size of this group and GPA is proud to announce that Dr Graham Tipple, Reader in Housing Policy and Development and Associate Director of the Global Urban Research Unit (GURU) at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Peter Schubeler an architect and urban planning consultant based in Zurich, Switzerland, Tony Lloyd-Jones, Principal Lecturer at the University of Westminster and Director of the Max Lock Centre and Brenda Murphy, a development consultant and lawyer from South Africa now based in the UK, have agreed to become GPA Associates. We look forward to collaborating in future on a more formal basis. For details of these new Associates, please click on the Associates link, under Personal on the left side of the website.