Keynote speakers:

Claire Lévy-Vroelant is a professor of Sociology at the University of Paris 8 Saint-Denis, France, and researcher at the Centre de Recherche sur l’Habitat. Since 2006, she has been guest professor at the University of Vienna. Her work intersects the fields of Urbanism, Migration, Housing, and more recently Memory Studies to deal with questions concerning housing policies and social issues in a globalizing context. Currently, her research work focuses on the meanings of hospitality and collective memory. After having been a member of the coordination committee of the European Network for Housing Research (ENHR) from 2006 to 2012, she is now co-chairing a permanent ENHR working group on “Social housing and globalization”. She is member of several international editorial boards and director of the collection “Habitat and Sociétés”, L’Harmattan, Paris. Recently, she has co-authored the book “Lieux de mémoire de l’immigration”, a study about the living places of immigrants in Paris.

Ekim Tan is the founder of the city design and research network “The Responsive City”. She is an experienced researcher and designer of international urban design projects. She has worked with Rotterdam-based offices Urban Affairs and De Urbanisten, as well as with Dutch municipalities and urban design offices in projects such as creating city vision 2035 for Rotterdam, Veenkolonien in Groningen, Homeruskwartier and Almere. She has been regularly teaching and lecturing worldwide. Ekim graduated as an architect at Middle East Technical University with the Archiprix Award in 1999, and got her second degree in Urbanism at TU Delft, with distinctions, in 2005. Currently, she is completing her PhD studies at TU Delft and the International New Towns Institute.

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