Commons and partnerships: collaborative approaches to affordable housing provision in England and China

He, Bingzi (2020). Commons and partnerships: collaborative approaches to affordable housing provision in England and China. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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This thesis addresses two overarching questions: What is collaborative housing and how does it operate in different societal contexts? It combines a critical realism analytical framework with theoretical concepts drawn mainly from new institutional economics, including common-pool resources. The idea of collaborative housing dates back to the nineteenth-century cooperative movement and garden cities. Its recent re-emergence responds to various factors, such as housing affordability, changing lifestyles and environmental concerns in different countries. The depth analysis of four English and Chinese rural and urban projects since the 2000s indicated the impact of neoliberalism via decentralisation in shaping contexts from which collaborative housing ideas emerged. Three principles of co-operation, co-production and collaborative governance, proved powerful in providing legitimacy to secure resources from public and private sources and a rationale for collective project governance. The author developed a five-pillar framework, (Actors, Partnerships, Ideas, Land and Finance), and refined this abductively to identify causal mechanisms including cultural entrepreneurship, common/public land rights, limited-liability-partnerships, empty land and financial flexibility. A sense-making framework was used to understand the social meanings of collaborative housing and its enactment in civil society in two different societies.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
School or Department: School of Social Policy, Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare


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