Housing policies


The objective of this seminar is to provide students with knowledge about public policies in the field of housing. For this purpose, the class is organized around the analysis of 6 controversies, i.e. issues of discussion related to the conduct of public action in the field of housing. The seminar also aims to develop the students' awareness of the historical evolution of reference systems and action mechanisms in housing policies. We will use intentionally diverse territorial examples (from tense market to relaxed market situations).

Recommended Prerequisite(s)

No pre-requisites are required, but a general knowledge of urban policy and, possibly, national housing policy can be useful in helping students understand and actively participate in this seminar.


  • Brouant J.P., La compétence habitat des intercommunalités. Les jeux ambigus du législateur, Annales de la recherche urbaine, n°99, p. 93-103, 2006.
  • Donzelot J., La ville à trois vitesses : relégation, périurbanisation, gentrification, Esprit ,103, 2004.
  • Driant J.C., Les politiques du logement en France, Paris, La Documentation Française, 2009.
  • Lelévrier C., La mixité dans la rénovation urbaine: dispersion ou re-concentration ?, Espaces et Sociétés n°140-141. pp.59-74, 2010.
  • Segaud M., Bonvalet C., Brun J. (dir.), Logement et habitat, l’état des savoirs, Paris, La Découverte, 1998.

Educational formula

Participation, interactions with the teacher, discussions around personal experiences of housing problems or insights drawn from professional experiences (from an internship, or collective action related to housing).

In brief

Year Fifth year

Teaching languageEnglish

Teaching term Six-monthly

Number of hours 6.0

Teaching activitySeminar


Mandatory teaching



Educational manager :
Dormois Remi [+]