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


27 June, Tuesday 

Afternoon: Urban safari  

28 June, Wednesday 

08.30 – 09.30 Registration

09.30 – 11.00 Opening plenary 1: The main challenges of the Polish housing market 

11.30 – 13.00 Plenary 2:  Urban regeneration and gentrification 

13.00 – 14.30 Lunch 

14.30 – 16.00 WS1 

16.30 – 18.00 WS2 

18.00 – 19.15 Slide competition 

19.15 – 21.00 Opening reception  

29 June, Thursday 

09.30 – 11.00 Plenary 3: Urban Regeneration and sustainability, energy efficiency 

11.00 – 12.30 WS3 

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch 

14.00 – 18.00 Field trips 

19.00   Conference dinner  

30 June Friday 

09.30 – 11.00 WS 4 

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

13.00 – 14.30 Lunch 

14.30 – 16.00 WS 5 

16.00 – 17.00 General assembly 

23 January 2023 - call for abstracts 

13 March 2023 - deadline for abstracts 

3 April 2023 - decision about acceptance 

17 April 2023 - closing early bird registration 

1 June 2023 - deadline for full papers  

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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


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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.


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