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Social Rental Housing in the Netherlands: Recent Developments and Challenges

This video is about social rental housing, with a particular focus on the Netherlands. It starts with a brief overview of social housing within Europe, in order to put the Dutch social rental housing model into a broader perspective. After that, the characteristics and the historical development of the Dutch social rental housing system are discussed in more detail. It will become clear that in the last decades, the Dutch social rental sector has been subject to shrinkage, re-regulation and residualisation.


Currently, the challenges that Dutch housing associations face are bigger than ever. There is a huge housing shortage, housing affordability is under pressure and there are strong, but also very expensive, ambitions for making the sector more environmentally sustainable. 

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Dr Joris Hoekstra

Assistant Professor

Department of Management in the Built Environment,

TU Delft

Joris is an assistant professor of Housing Studies at TU Delft. He also holds a position as visiting professor at the University of Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa.


Joris is specialized in comparative housing research, housing policy and social housing. He teaches on research methods and housing topics, supervises PhD and master students, and is active in the development of online education. Next to his work in academia, Joris is member of the supervisory board of a Dutch housing association.



Additional Information

  • Hoekstra, J. (2017). Reregulation and residualization in Dutch social housing: A critical evaluation of new policies. Critical Housing Analysis, 4 (1), 31-39.

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