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Acronym HELPS means Housing and Home-care for the Elderly and Local Partnership Strategies in Central European cities.

Grant project supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

Programme: Active ageing in the CENTRAL EUROPE

  • Priority 4: Enhancing competitiveness and attractiveness of cities and regions.
    • Area of Intervention 2: Addressing the territorial effects of demographic and social change on urban and regional development.
      • Concept 6: Innovative housing and care solutions for the elderly and vulnerable persons in Central European cities.

 Duration: October 2011 – September 2014

Grant project supported by the Czech Science Foundation, no. GA403/09/1915. Project started 1.1.2009, finished 31.12.2011. The head of the project was Martin Lux, Ph.D. The total financial support amounted CZK 3.4 mil.

The objective of the project is to make a comprehensive, theoretically framed, and empirically grounded, context-based description of the transformation of housing conditions in the CR after 1990, including both the identification of the main causes of this development and an analysis of its effects on social inequalities and market risks. In the area of inequalities the project focuses on housing affordability, the residential property distribution, access to housing, and extreme forms of inequalities (social exclusion). In the area of market risks the project focuses on risks arising from the growth in the level of homeownership, the mortgage market development, and the "manipulation" of housing demand. The goal is also to evaluate current tools of state housing and monetary policy, whether they effectively limit the growth of social inequalities that are a threat to sustainable economic growth and social cohesion, whether they limit the growth of market system risks, and to make general recommendations for changes in this fields.

Project supported by the Ministry for Regional Development of the Czech Republic, no. WD-05-07-3. Project started 1.2.2007, finished 31.12.2011. The head of the project was Martin Lux, Ph.D. Besides the Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (coordinating recipient - researcher) participated on the project also the Institute for Regional Information, Ltd. (recipient - researcher) and VŠB - Technical University Ostrava (recipient - researcher). The total financial support for the Institute of Sociology amounted CZK 7.98 mil.

The goal of the project was to reveal and quantify regional disparities in availability and affordability of housing, describe their development, analyse their socio-economic consequences. Propose tools to decrease disparities and increase availability and affordability of housing.

Grant project supported by the Czech Science Foundation, no. GA403/06/0915. Project started 1.1.2006, finished 31.12.2008. The head of the project was Martin Lux, Ph.D. The total financial support amounted CZK 2.35 mil.

The main objective of the project is determine whether there exist "transitive", institutionally and culturally specific factors behind the high prices and low financial affordability of older and new owner-occupied housing in Prague, and to estimate their influence and the possible consequences of their elimination. If they are shown to have a significant influence the project's conclusions could signify an important shift forward in the field of European research on how the housing market functions. An analysis of the causes of the high prices of housing would also contribute to increasing the transparency of the Czech housing market and could become an important source of information for those who formulate housing and social policies. The methodological approach combines elements of econometric analysis and quantitative and qualitative sociological methods. The effort to identify the causes behind the rigidity of the housing market from the perspective of value orientations.

The project supported by the Ministry for Regional Development, no. WA-027-05-Z02. The project started 1.7.2005, finished 31.12.2006. The head of the project was Martin Lux, Ph.D. The total financial support amounted CZK 948,000.

The main goal of the project was to analyze the significance of the relation between housing tenure, existing and potential housing policy tools including rent regulation, on one side, and labour mobility, on the second side, in the Czech Republic. The weight of the direct influence will be estimated by comparison with the perceived significance of other barriers to labour mobility, such as specific cultural and social norms. Both quantitative (surveys) and qualitative (focus groups) sociological methodswill be applied to achieve the stated goal. The results of complete analysis of surveys´ data will be used to propose such housing policy options that would efficiently support higher labour mobility in the Czech environment.