While the global move towards an urban age is often associated with the rapid urbanisation in Africa and Asia, many European and North-American cities have also seen a revival of inner cities and urban living. After decades of suburbanisation, urban sprawl and growth in small and medium towns, even formerly shrinking cities such as Leipzig or Manchester have seen a remarkable revival and population growth, often described as reurbanisation. This trend has though led to growing concerns about housing affordability. For example in many London boroughs the median house price is now 10 times higher than the median income, while Germany with its high share of renters, saw the introduction of rent control measures, the so-called Mietpreisbremse.
This year’s SCUPAD congress will focus on the theme of housing in cities. We will discuss the current trends of urban change and the impact on affordability. But we will also explore political and planning responses to these processes. What is the current role of social housing? What is the potential of urban intensification in cities? Do we need to rethink the principles of urban containment and consider new concepts for strategic urban expansion? Will private sector developers provide sufficient housing, or is there a need to reconsider the provision of public or social housing? These are some of the questions we will debate on the congress.
If you are interested in joining our debate, then please save the date for:

SCUPAD 2018 – 10th-13th May 2018 in Salzburg/Austria.

If you want to enquire about the congress, or if you want to contribute to our congress by presenting a case study or research work on housing, please contact us at congress@scupad.com
On behalf of the SCUPAD committee
Andreas Schulze Bäing, University of Manchester

Draft program – SCUPAD 2018

Thursday 10/05/2018 arrival and registrations of participants afternoon/evening

Friday 11/05/2018

9:00       Introduction

9:30       Keynote presentation 1 – Orna Rosenfeld, SciencesPo Paris
Social and affordable housing in the global north

10:30     Coffee Break

11:00     Discussion

12:00     Lunch Break

13:30     Case studies/papers

15:00     Coffee Break

15:30     World Café workshop/ discussion

19:30     Dinner

Saturday 12/05/2018

9:00        Summary of first day, short film

9:30        Keynote presentation 2 – Janice Morphet, UCL London
Austerity as the mother of innovation: local government’s response to the housing crisis in England – a case study

10:30     Coffee Break

11:00     Discussion

12:00     Lunch Break

13:30     Case studies/papers

15:00     Coffee Break

15:30     Conclusion and summary followed by SCUPAD General Assembly

19:30     Dinner

Sunday 13/05/2018 Departure

To register for the congress please use this eventbrite link. The initial registration does not require payment. So before you register please read the details below. Membership or congress fees can be send to us via bank tranfer or paid in cash on the first day of the congress. Catering and accomodation costs are paid directly to the hotel Schloss Leopoldskron.

SCUPAD membership is not mandatory for participation in the congress, but members have some advantages and slightly different fees. Please consider joining the SCUPAD community.

Membership fees (values in Euro) vary according to your place of residence and there are special fees for ‘young professionals’ (34 years old and younger).

Please check the classification of your country HERE:

Income Level of the place where you live (this is not your own income) Member* Student (yearly application)* Young Professional (34 and younger, yearly application)* Senior Member (65 and older, one time application)*
Category A High Income 90 25 45 60
Category B Upper Middle Income 60 15 30 40
Category C Lower Middle Income 30 10 15 20
Category D Low Income 5 0 0 0



*values in Euro


Congress Fees (values in Euros)

Members Non-members
Regular 130 260
Early bird (until April 15) 120 250
Young professionals (34 and younger) 65 130
Early bird young professionals (until April 15) 60 125

In addition you have to pay a catering fee to the hotel of 91 Euros per day for regular participants or 85 Euros per day for young professionals for both Friday and Saturday.


Staying at the Schloss Leopoldskron (the conference venue) is a great experience. We encourage participants to join us at the Schloss, but we understand you might want to make other staying arrangements.

Hotel fees – Schloss Leopoldskron

Per night/ single room: 135 Euro

Per night/ double room: 175 Euro

Prices valid for 10-13 May 2018

To register for rooms at Schloss Leopoldskron please email reception@schloss-leopoldskron.com  referring to the keyword “SCUPAD 2018”.

Payment & Bank Transfer

Important: Hotel costs (accomodation, catering fee) can be paid by credit card at the Reception desk of the Schloss Leopoldskron, but unfortunately we can’t take credit card payment for membership and Congress fees. So you either provide cash for these costs on the registration after arrival – cash machines are available all over the city of Salzburg. Or you transfer the money using the details below. Please make sure that the name of the Congress and participant(s) is stated on the transfer slip (if the payment is being made for more than one person, please make sure all names are indicated). Bank charges are the responsibility of the payer and should be paid at source in addition to the registration fees:


Bank Transfer to SCUPAD:

Account holder: SCUPAD

Acc.No.: 2547538

Bank Code: 20111

Bank name: Erste Bank der Österreichischen Sparkassen

IBAN Code: AT132011100002547538