Symposium 'Lessons learnt from European Informality', October 21st - 25th, 2019

Informal settlements and slums are considered to be an issue of developing and emerging countries. Nevertheless informal and precarious ways of housing are also observed by experts in Europe and the European Union over the past years. Increasing societal polarization, ethnical segregation and marginalisation oblige people and social groups, like refugees and roma communities, even in wealthy Europe to dwell in unsanitary and harmful circumstances.


In the Global South these informal settlements and slums are side effects of rapid urbanisation processes and many urban planners and social scientists have broad experiences on this subject.

In the context of urbanisation, cities of the Global South as well as the post-industrialized European area also face other challenges. Examples are a lack of access to jobs, poverty, homelessness, inequality, increasing crime and violence for which there is a need for build-in resilience.

Against this background Danube University invited experts from India and Europe from October 23rd – 24th 2019 to a Symposium in Krems, Austria to discuss informal housing issues and provide an opportunity for an interdisciplinary and personal exchange between participants.

Part of BReUCom Consortium at Symposium


Event photo gallery (click here)

Some keynote inputs are available in form of videos here:

  • "Legalization of illegal buildings and energy efficiency in informal settlements" by Wolfgang Amann

  • "Roma Settlement in Hungary" by Tünde Virág & András Vigvári

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