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Magdalena GÓRCZYNSKA, a joint PhD in geography (Polish Academy of Sciences and University of Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne, 2012), since November 2016, researcher at the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER), Department Urban Development and Mobility. I am also associated research fellow at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization (IGSO PAS) in Poland.

Between 2013 and 2016, I carried out research in France (as visiting researcher at the UMR 8504 Géographie-cités, CNRS, Paris) focusing on social segregation and social mix policy in the Ile-de-France region, with a special emphasis on the delivery of housing for middle-income households (research grant funded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education). Moreover, taking the case study of Warsaw (Poland) I investigated the impact of privatization and restitution of nationalized properties to private owners on social disparities in the post-socialist city and on the process of gentrification (research grant funded by the National Science Centre in Poland, 2014-2017).

At LISER I am developing a research agenda on affordable housing. My interests focus on three topics: (1) new conceptualizations of affordable housing, housing affordability and place affordability; (2) innovative solutions to provide decent, affordable and attractive housing to low and middle-income households, based on new models (hybrid tenures, empowerment of users/ consumers); (3) residential satisfaction in affordable housing and long-term outcomes of living in affordable housing on well-being.

In addition, I promote and develop the idea of the Cross-border Housing Observatory in the Greater Region, a network of different stakeholders involved in housing research, policy and practice to gather the existing data, exchange good practices, monitor the housing market and to carry out common studies in the future. The mission of the CBHO will be to provide a housing related data and studies in the Greater Region that would inform local, regional and national stakeholders, and to facilitate the development of transdisciplinary research on housing.

My areas of expertise are: housing policy, affordable housing, gentrification, social segregation and inequalities in metropolitan areas, social mix, urban renewal. I authored articles in leading scientific journals (Urban Studies, Environment and Planning A. Housing Studies, Journal of Housing and the Built Environment), participated in international research and applied projects (e.g. ESPON BestMetropolises, ESPON TOWN), obtained several scholarships (French Government, Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education) and awards (Foundation for Social Sciences in France; Polish Weekly Magazine POLITYKA).


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