About the project
Segregation, housing inequality and a growing need for affordable housing are major challenges both in Sweden and abroad. Meanwhile, private actors, often global conglomerates, offer smart technical solutions that not only promise to tackle the housing shortage but also improve housing equality, housing sustainability and citizen engagement. When social questions regarding housing are driven by digital global companies, it becomes important to critically scrutinise their promises.
The project investigates the consequences of the shift towards smart urban development through a critical analysis of its limits and possibilities to handle ethnic diversity and equality, based on case studies in Toronto, Copenhagen and Stockholm. Given the novelty of the research topic the project will be explorative and based on qualitative methods. It adopts an intersectional approach, in combination with a historical perspective, to investigate how class, gender and ethnicity manifest themselves in smart housing solutions. Key questions are: In what ways do smart housing developments reproduce or shape gendered, classed and racialized power relations? In what ways is smart housing development including some groups and excluding others? Can smart solutions contribute to solve the need for affordable housing?