Godło Polski


Department of Investment and Real Estate, Institute of Urban and Regional Studies and Planning, Faculty of Economics and Sociology, University of Lodz Poland

The University of Lodz is one of Poland's leading institutions of higher education. The 12 faculties of the University provide programs in 60 fields of study and 170 specializations. The Faculty of Economics and Sociology is the most extensive faculty at the University of Lodz – it has about six thousand students and about 400 academic teachers. The staff consists of the highest-ranking scientists and outstanding practitioners; almost every fourth of them bears the rank of associate or titular (full) professor.

Institute of Urban and Regional Studies and Planning, of which we are a part, specializes in conducting various studies of urban and rural spaces and relations between the economy, society, and the environment. The Department of Investment and Real Estate has been dealing with housing problems since its inception. During the socialist economy, the researchers analyzed conditions of housing construction; after 1989, the research area significantly expanded due to the development of the real estate market, including housing. Currently, the staff of the Department specializes in such areas as conditions for the growth of the real estate market, housing markets in Europe, the transformation of municipal housing stock, regeneration, housing developers' activity, and social housing.


28-30th June 2023


Peter Boelhouwer, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands - the Chair

Stanisław Belniak, Cracow University of Economics, Poland

Marek Bryx, SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Poland 

Maciej Cesarski, SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Poland

Andreja Cirman, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia 

Aleksandra Jadach-Sepioło, Institute of Urban and Regional Development, Poland

Sylwia Kaczmarek, University of Lodz, Poland  

Ewa Kucharska-Stasiak, University of Lodz, Poland 

Martin Lux, the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic

Sandra Marques Pereira, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal

Jaana Nevalainen, Ministry of Environment, Finland

Aleksandra Nowakowska, University of Lodz, Poland

Montserrat Pareja Eastaway, University of Barcelona, Spain

Ewa Siemińska, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland

Ivan Tosic, Metropolitan Research Institute, Hungary

Catalina Turcu, University College London, UK

Radosław Wiśniewski, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland

Magdalena Załęczna ENHR 2023 Conference Chair, Department of Inestment and Real Estate, University of Łódź

Mariusz Sokołowicz Vice Dean of Faculty of Economics and Sociology, University of Łódź

Agata Antczak-Stępniak Department of Inestment and Real Estate, University of Łódź

Joanna Gwarda-Żurańska Department of Promotion of the Faculty of Economics and Sociology, University of Łódź

Elżbieta Hryniewicz Institute of Urban and Regional Studies and Planning, University of Łódź

Marzena Krawczyk Department of Promotion of the Faculty of Economics and Sociology, University of Łódź

Katarzyna Olbińska Department of Inestment and Real Estate, University of Łódź

Agnieszka Stachowicz Department of Promotion of the Faculty of Economics and Sociology, University of Łódź

Beata Wieteska-Rosiak Department of Inestment and Real Estate, University of Łódź

Konrad Żelazowski Department of Inestment and Real Estate, University of Łódź


ENHR 2023 Lodz conference


27 June, Tuesday

16.00 – 19.15 urban safari (The urban safari starts in front of the main gate to the conference venue, i.e., the campus of the Faculty of Economics and Sociology, University of Lodz, located at ulica Rewolucji 1905 roku no. 39. It ends in the same location)
19.15 – 21.00 opening reception (drinks and finger-food) the campus of the Faculty of Economics and Sociology, University of Lodz, located at ulica Rewolucji 1905 roku no. 39, building E


WORKSHOPS: Programme according to the WG/ Programme according to the workshops

28 June Wednesday

8.30 – 14.00 Registration
9.00 – 9.30 Opening of the Conference


09.30 – 11.00 - Opening plenary 1 The main challenges of the housing market in Poland and in Lodz

Keynote speakers: Poland, Prof. Magdalena Zaleczna, University of Lodz; Aleksandra Trzcinska, City Hall Lodz; Prof. Marek Bryx, Warsaw School of Economics,Poland, Professor Zuzanna Rataj, Ph.D.

  • Professor Marek Bryx, Ph.D. is a Head of the Department of the Innovative City (formerly: Real Estate and Investment) at the Warsaw School of Economics. Author of more than 200 articles, chapters and books; more than 30 reports, and more than 400 conference speeches, popularization publications, commentaries, interviews.Key books: Housing Finance (2001), Real Estate Market - the System and its Functioning (2006 and 2008), Green Urban Regeneration Projects (lead author) 2015, Affordable Housing in a Sustainable City (2021).Former: Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Infrastructure, President of the Office of Housing and Urban Development, Dean and Pro Rector of the Warsaw School of Economics, Director of UN-Habitat Office in Warsaw.
  • Professor Zuzanna Rataj, Ph.D., is a sociologist, social worker, social politician, and economist, currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Business Ethics at the Poznań University of Economics and Business. She specializes in housing studies concerning housing policy and affordable housing.

11.30 – 13.00 - Plenary 2 on Urban regeneration and gentrification

Keynote speakers: Prof. Ludek Sykora, Charles University in Prague, the Czech Republic, Prof. Paul Watt, Birkbeck, University of London, Great Britain, Prof. Aysegul Can, Istanbul Medeniyet University, Turkey, moderator Jakub Zasina, Ph.D., University of Lodz

  • Professor Aysegul Can, Ph.D., is an urbanist and scholar from Turkey. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield (UK) and a master’s degree from Istanbul Technical University. Currently she works as a lecturer at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Istanbul Medeniyet University. Her choice of Ph.D. topic was motivated by concern for the poor, mainly minority-ethnic, residents of the historic neighbourhoods in Istanbul, particularly those subjected to state-led gentrification.
  • Luděk Sýkora is Professor at the Department of Social Geography and Regional Development, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague, the Czech Republic. His research and teaching focuses on urban change in post-socialist cities, impacts of globalization on urban transformations, processes of metropolitan change such as suburbanization, neighborhood change such as gentrification, processes and localities of segregation, inter-cultural interaction in immigrant neighborhoods, metropolitan development, urban and housing policies. In his applied research and consultancy he has worked for the European Commission, national government ministries and agencies, local governments, business sector and NGOs.
  • Professor Paul Watt is Professor of Urban Studies in the Department of Geography at Birkbeck, University of London, UK, as well as Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology at the London School of Economics, UK. Paul has published widely on social housing, urban regeneration, gentrification, homelessness, housing activism, suburbanisation, and on the 2012 London Olympic Games. Paul's most recent book is Estate Regeneration and Its Discontents: Public Housing, Place and Inequality in London (Policy Press, 2021). He is also co-editor with Peer Smets of Social Housing and Urban Renewal: A Cross-National Perspective (Emerald, 2017), and co-editor with Phil Cohen of London 2012 and the Post-Olympics City: A Hollow Legacy? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). Paul is an Editorial Board member of City.

13.00 – 14.30 Lunch

14.30 – 16.00 WS1 Programme according to the WG/ Programme according to the workshops

16.30 – 18.00 WS2  Programme according to the WG/ Programme according to the workshops

18.00 – 19.15 Slide competition

29 June Thursday

9.00 – 12.00 Registration

9.30 – 11.00 Plenary 3 Urban Regeneration and sustainability, energy efficiency

Keynote speakers:  Prof. Catalina Turcu, University College London, Great Britain, Prof. Jesper Ole Jensen, University of Aalborg, Denmark, moderator Nessa Winston, Ph.D. University College Dublin

  • Catalina Turcu is a Professor of Sustainable Built Environment at the Bartlett School of Planning, Academic Director of UCL’s Stockholm City Partnership (Climate Change and Health in the City) and Founder of UCL SDG Research Accelerator. Catalina’s work contributes to the understanding and measurement of urban sustainability at the local or community level. Theoretically, her research adds the political dimension to the traditional three-pillar (economic, social, environmental) understanding of sustainability. Empirically, her research examines sustainable urban transformations at the local level by integrating social, political and material aspects of the built environment. She is a regular adviser to governments and international organisations, including the World Bank, OECD, UN and WHO.
  • Professor Jesper Ole Jensen is a senior researcher, PhD, at BUILD, Aalborg University. His research focus is urban regeneration, housing market development, and planning for sustainable cities. He has worked several years with research in urban regeneration, including subjects as public-private relations in urban regeneration, co-investments, civic voluntarism, sustainability, and involvement of private enterprises in urban regeneration programs. He has participated in several evaluations of Danish programs for urban renewal.

11.00 – 11.30 coffee break

11.30 – 13.00 WS3  Programme according to the WG/ Programme according to the workshops

13.00 – 14.30 lunch

16.00 – 18.00 Field trips

19.30 –22.00  final dinner in Museum of Textiles 

30 June Friday

09.30 – 11.00 WS 4  Programme according to the WG/ Programme according to the workshops

11.30 – 13.00 - Plenary 4 Multi-level governance and partnership for urban regeneration

Keynote speakers: Bob Jordan, the Housing Agency, Ireland, Katarzyna Przybylska, Habitat for Humanity Poland, Władysław Grochowski, Piotr Grochowski, Arche SA, moderator Ivan Tosic, Metropolitan Research Institute

  • Bob Jordan was appointed Chief Executive of The Housing Agency – Ireland in September 2021. The Housing Agency is a government body that promotes the supply of housing and helps deliver sustainable communities throughout Ireland. From 2018- 2021 he was the National Director of the Irish Government's Housing First programme, which provides permanent homes and wraparound supports to people who have experienced rough sleeping and long-term homelessness. Prior to his role in Housing First, Mr. Jordan was Chief Executive of the national housing charity Threshold for nearly a decade. He was Special Adviser to the Minister for Housing during 2016-2017. Bob Jordan was a coordinator of the ENHR Working Group on Private Rented Markets from 2008 - 2016.
  • Katarzyna Przybylska, Head of Advocacy, Habitat for Humanity Poland is a specialist in developing and promoting effective legal regulations that improve the quality and accessibility of housing solutions. Advocate for decent places to live acting on behalf of citizens and entire social groups affected by housing problems. She is a specialist in the development and promotion of effective legislation to improve the quality and accessibility of housing solutions. She has been engaged in development of legal regulation on social rental agencies or strategy for deinstitutionalization of social services on the social side. She encourages decision-makers to take action to ensure the most effective provision of broad access to decent housing. Member of the Committee of Experts on Preventing Homelessness appointed by the Polish Ombudsman.

13.00 – 14.30 lunch

14.30 – 16.00 WS 5  Programme according to the WG/ Programme according to the workshops

16.00 – 17.00 General assembly

23 January 2023 - call for abstracts 

31 March 2023 - deadline for abstracts 

10 April 2023 - decision about acceptance 

25 April 2023 - closing early bird registration 

10 June 2023 - deadline for full papers  


Available methods of payment:

a. On-line payment (credit card or e-transfer) using payU

b. Bank transfer

Bank account

University of Lodz

SWIFT (BIC) PKOPPLPW 11124062921978001124557009

IBAN PL11124062921978001124557009

Bank transfer title should include the name of the participant and the conference code. The conference code is ENHR 2023 Lodz Registration.

Conference and payment regulations 


ENHR Member


Early bird (until April 25 2023)

350 €





Selected country rate (group 2)



New Researcher



Accompanying person




Selected country rate (group 2) refers to  the European Network for Housing Research rules: https://enhr.net/members/membership/

Membership registration (members enjoy discounts): https://enhr.net/members/membership/ 


Participants who need the invoice should complete the invoice data during registration process: https://forms.office.com/e/JrM1iJVHkV The invoice will be issued after receiving the payment.


Annual ENHR conferences are organized according to a fixed scheme. In addition to panels gathering all participants, parallel sessions (workshops) are arranged. During workshops, accepted papers are presented. The issues of individual workshops result from the Working Groups organized within the ENHR. ENHR members and other participants decide during registration to which WG they submit their papers (abstracts). The WG list and detailed descriptions are available at the link Working Groups – ENHR.

Regulations: https://tiny.pl/wpzvb 

Faculty of Economics and Sociology
University of Lodz

ul. P.O.W. 3/5
90-255 Łódź

e-mail: enhr@uni.lodz.pl

Magdalena Załęczna ENHR 2023 Conference Chair - magdalena.zaleczna@eksoc.uni.lodz.pl


Lodz airport is served by two low-cost airlines Ryanair and Wizz, direct flights are from London Stansted and Luton, Dublin, Brussels, Alicante, Milan Bergamo

Port Lotniczy w Łodzi im. Władysława Reymonta - Port Lotniczy Łódź (lodz-airport.pl)

Regular airlines land in Warsaw at Okęcie; there is a direct bus from the airport to Łódź


or you can travel by train: https://www.pkp.pl/en/

The conference venue is less than a kilometer from the Łódź Fabryczna railway and bus station. In taxis, it is possible to pay by card, but it is best to tell the driver about it when getting in. In trams and buses, you can buy a ticket in a machine and pay with a payment card.

There is a wide range of accommodation in Lodz, basically for every budget.

promised to give some discounts for code: konferencja ENHR


Urban regeneration – shines and shadows

Regeneration is not only a theme of local importance, but a global challenge that all countries must face, both developed and developing ones. The issues that comprehensive regeneration efforts seek to tackle concern cities on all continents. More than half of today’s world population lives in cities, and by 2050 this number will reach 70%; only 14% of the people of the world’s wealthiest countries will live outside urban areas. Regeneration of urban areas involves not only renovations of entire streets or city blocks. Still, it is primarily about finding solutions for improving the social and economic situation of the local community. The transformations caused by the regeneration process bring not only expected positive consequences. They also contribute to the emergence of processes and phenomena that adversely affect the local community. Among them is a relocation of residents who cannot afford to live in renovated tenement houses, and gentrification begins. Some local entrepreneurs close their activities. There is also a problem with the effective use of public money and the creation of new functions in the city.

The regeneration process requires in-depth analysis, comparison of case studies, and searching for good practices. Sharing knowledge will allow for better preparation of a holistic approach to regeneration operation.


Revitalization in Łódź   /  Prepared by Patrycja Wojtaszczyk, City Hall Łódź

Revitalization (the Polish equivalent of regeneration) is a process of bringing degraded areas of the city out of crisis through comprehensive actions. Interconnected projects cover social, economic, spatial-functional, and technical or environmental issues, integrating intervention for the local community, space, and local economy. They focus on the local area and are organized and conducted in a planned manner.

Already in 2013, Łódź adopted the Łódź Spatial Development Strategy 2020+, the central assumption of which was the development of the city inwards. Revitalization is a method of systemic implementation of the assumption of returning to the center in practice.

Łódź has been implementing the Municipal Revitalization Program since 2016. Currently, we have 93 essential undertakings of various types in the Programme; an undertaking may consist of from one to several dozen projects. These projects are implemented by the city of Łódź and external actors - technical infrastructure providers, developers, universities, and entrepreneurs. The nature of projects is also diverse - typically "soft" - social or "hard" projects - where the infrastructural element is the leading element, and some projects are a combination of both aspects. In total, there are several hundred larger and smaller projects designed to improve the city center's residents' quality of life. The total value of revitalization projects under the Program is estimated at over PLN 4.6 billion PLN (1 billion EURO).

The most significant projects that the Łódź has been carrying out since 2017 include area revitalization projects. In Łódź, we comprehensively renovate public spaces (streets, parks, squares) and municipal buildings along with the adjacent areas. The activities are integrated, covering specific quarters of the city. We have 8 Area Revitalization projects for the center of Łódź, two projects implemented in the historic Księży Młyn housing estate, and investments related to area revitalization under the so-called the New Center of Łódź. The renovation covers tenement houses with communal flats, public buildings, streets, and public spaces. Over 100 buildings are experiencing a renewal in the city center and the historic district of Księży Młyn. The projects have co-financing from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and they are due to be completed by the end of 2023. In addition, the projects are accompanied by a comprehensive program of social animation, building volunteering, and supporting the establishment of good neighborhoods. These activities are carried out under the principles of maintaining the social mix and launching new social functions in renovated buildings. Some examples are new branches of the City Library, which become integration centers for local communities. We can also mention care and education facilities; day care homes; local activity centers of various profiles; and apartments for people leaving foster care and people with various types of disabilities. Maintaining ongoing contact with entrepreneurs for whom commercial premises for rent are created, mainly on the ground floors of renovated properties, is also vital.

We also invest in residents by implementing several activities, the so-called "soft" projects dedicated to the revitalization area, not directly related to construction investments. In partnership with other actors - mainly non-governmental organizations - the city of Lódź has implemented 178 projects in which support has been or will be provided to over 17,000 people. These projects concern education (at all levels - activities addressed to students and teachers), entrepreneurship (starting and running one's own business), professional activation (specialist advice, vocational training, internships), and social reintegration of residents at risk of poverty or social exclusion.

The impact of national public investments on developing and revitalizing the center of Łódź is significant. We should mention the reconstruction of the Łódź Fabryczna station and the currently implemented construction of a cross-city tunnel under the city center and intermediate stations, which increase the attractiveness of neighboring locations for investors. There is also a project to build another underground connection under the city, the High-Speed Railway, in connection with the construction of the Central Communication Port. This tunnel is a crucial element of the transport infrastructure in Łódź and the country. It will be a part of a high-speed line between Warsaw and Łódź and Poznań and Wrocław.

The City of Łódź's revitalization activities have been recognized both in the country and in the international arena. In 2017, Księży Młyn received a distinction for model cooperation in the revitalization and the award for "Best Urban Practice" from the URBACT network. https://urbact.eu/good-practices/improving-social-dimension-process-urban-regeneration

We can mention the awards received in the "Innovation in Politics" competition in 2020 for the activities of community lighthouse keepers and hosts of areas supporting residents during this challenging process innovationinpolitics.eu/showroom/project/lighthouse-keepers-and-area-hosts /; awarding the initiative to create a multi-generational home and describing it as a good practice in the competition "Cultural Heritage in Action" of the Eurocities network culturalheritageinaction.eu/historic-townhouse-home-for-young-and-old/ or awards and distinctions in the competition " Top municipal investments" of the Local Government Portal - in 2014, the award was given to the projects "Mia100 Kamienic" - a renovation program for municipal properties located in the metropolitan area and the revitalization of the EC1 complex - the oldest power plant in Łódź (also awarded in the jubilee edition as an investment of the decade), in 2022 among the awarded projects was the project of the 3rd Area Revitalization of the Center of Łódź


willa odrestaurowana ec1
manufaktura ulica Piotrkowska



Lodz (Łódź) is a city of extraordinary history. Three thousand eight hundred townhouses, 27 palaces, 200 factories, and dozens of villas are just some part of the incredible heritage of the boom of the industrial (textile)city. Metropolitan Zone, preserved in Lodz, is the largest and best-shaped of all Polish cities. During the transformation years, the city lost its textile character; many people lost their jobs, and the city began to decline. Lodz lost many residents - it is now the third in Poland in terms of population (700 thousand inhabitants). After difficult years investors rediscovered the economic and social potential of the city; however, many problems are still present.

The city is the largest owner of the municipal housing stock in Poland (counting the share in total housing stock). At the same time, the city has the worst results in fulfilling the housing needs of its citizens (the queue waiting for housing assistance is still growing). Currently, regeneration processes start on a vast scale. The funds come from the EU and state budget, and more than 1 billion PLN (more than 227 million EURO) will be spent on city regeneration.

Lodz is a city with considerable communication potential. It is located in the heart of Poland and Europe, with a modern multi-modal hub and its international airport (not very active). It is surrounded by a network of motorways and express roads, providing easy access to the area. In addition to the road connection, you can also take advantage of the many rail connections offered. The central station located in the center is Łódź Fabryczna. You have a 5-minute walk from the Faculty of Sociology and Economics. Trains from and to Warsaw are almost every hour.

The city has many hotels, aparthotels and hostels (7 hotels with four stars, 15 hotels with three stars, nine hotels with two stars, two hotels with one star), it is possible to pre-book rooms, the prices start from 20 EURO per night, the most expansive rooms cost about 140 EURO per night.


The conference will take place in the buildings of the Faculty of Sociology and Economics, POW Street/Rewolucji 1905 r. Street. The buildings are located in the center, next to the main railway and bus station.


The aim of the Bengt Turner Award is to encourage new researchers to write research papers on housing and urban issues linked to the topics of the ENHR Working Groups and to keep alive the memory of Bengt Turner, one of the founders of ENHR and its first chairman from 1988 to 2007. The Bengt Turner Award is for the best ENHR annual conference paper for those colleagues who are eligible. 
Check the aims, conditions and previous winners here: Bengt Turner Award – ENHR


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