Urban Housing, Equity & Social Justice
Adequate Housing from a Human Rights and Gender Perspective

Why study Master Urban Housing, Equity and Social Justice

The access to adequate housing is a perpetual global challenge and a process often tainted by political, social and economic exclusion and injustice. In the majority of urban areas, especially in the Global South, the challenge continues to grow through a vicious cycle of inequality and injustice in the redistribution of housing opportunities causing housing poverty and the proliferation of slums. In this programme you will gain the qualifications to become an urban development professional able to devise the best possible mechanisms that foster accessible, affordable, available, acceptable and adaptable housing.

I really enjoyed the interactive pedagogical simulations, including a community action planning workshop based on real-life cases
Rabia Abrar, Canada
Urban Management & Development Alumna

What are some of the special features of this track?

Next to earning your MSc diploma from Erasmus University Rotterdam, an institution that is consistently ranked among the top 3% of the world’s best universities, studying the Urban Housing, Equity and Social Justice track also means that you will get to: 


Learn from an international team of housing specialists

The team teaching in this track consists of highly experienced international housing experts who are also actively involved in on-going real-life projects.


Conduct your thesis research in a new cultural context abroad

Students in this track have the possibility to conduct their master thesis fieldwork in specific housing related contexts around the world. The specialisation team builds on deep-rooted collaborations with highly ranked universities and local and international NGOs and CBOs in various countries such as Thailand and India.


Apply your learnings in a simulated environment

Students apply theories and concepts in practical workshops which are based on a fictional city in the Global South. This experiential learning approach allows students to apply their gained knowledge and skills to an ‘actual’ city in a playful manner.


Get access to a toolkit to assess adequate housing & housing justice

Staff in this track developed a framework called the ‘5A’s which serves as a toolkit to assess adequate housing and housing justice in practice. The principles of the concept are Availability, Accessibility, Affordability, Acceptability and Adaptability of housing. 


Benefit from our network of high-profile guest lectures

Students enjoy lectures from are variety of orgnanisations such as UN-Habitat, the Centre for Affordable Housing in Africa, the Asian Coalition of Housing Rights and the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of TU-Delft. These sessions are also a great networking opportunity.

Why study at IHS, Erasmus University Rotterdam?

Earn your MSc degree from a top 100 university

Known for its academic rigors and high quality of education, Erasmus University Rotterdam is consistently ranked in the top 3% of the world’s best universities.

Our teaching methods are unique

Alongside IHS teaching and research activities, our faculty members work in the field on real-life cases around the world. Challenges, learnings, and questions from these different contexts are brought back to the classroom and woven into our curriculum. 

You apply everything you learn - no dry theory

Students learn through a blend of lectures, real-life case studies, discussions, debates, simulation environments, written assignments, and group work. Field visits and projects in Rotterdam and other Dutch cities provide first-hand exposure to local urban problems. Students have the option to complete their thesis fieldwork abroad and immerse themselves in a relevant urban context to collect data.

We offer a truly international and diverse environment

The IHS classroom is comprised of mid-level professionals and fresh graduates with rich and varied experiences from more than 45 countries. Typical backgrounds include architecture, engineering, planning, economics, social science, environmental science, and housing. 

Study in Rotterdam - a hub of sustainable urban innovation

Iconic architecture, pioneering urban planning, and a celebrated multicultural population have thrust Rotterdam to the forefront of innovation and cultivation within the urban world. 

Enjoy guest lecturers from UN-Habitat and other key stakeholders in the urban field 

IHS works with global leaders in the field of urban development, including UN-Habitat, Cities Alliance and ICLEI as well as with leading universities in the Netherlands and around the world to ensure additional academic resources for our students.

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Apply for the Urban Housing, Equity & Social Justice track

Second round of applications: 1 January 2021 – 28 February 2021

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