Samen wonen, samen onderzoeken

“Living Together, Researching Together”

This one-year action research project aims to develop a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities of establishing residents’ housing co-operatives through partnerships with housing corporations in Amsterdam.

The research will follow the process of two ongoing cases of such partnerships and bring in European examples that could shed light on the challenges and possible solutions for establishing and managing resident-led co-operative housing. The main aim is to help Dutch professionals and self-organised tenants’ groups to co-determine suitable governance arrangements for this purpose. The research is led by Vincent Gruis and Dr Darinka Czischke and includes the participation of post-doctoral researcher Carla Huisman and research assistant Stephanie Zeulevoet.

The project is funded since January 2018 by the NWO Smart Urban Regions of the Future (SURF) Pop Up grant.




June 28 2018: ENHR 2018, Uppsala

Darinka Czischke and Carla Huisman presented some preliminary findings of the research at the Collaborative Housing Workshop, at the European Network for Housing Research (ENHR) 2018 Conference in Uppsala, Sweden.


May 27 2018: Platform 31 conference day

Darinka Czischke and Carla Huisman gave two workshops at the Platform 31 day conference on Dutch housing cooperatives in The Hague. The sessions, prepared by Stephanie Zeulevoet as well, were well attended and introduced the participants to Austrian, French and Swedish forms of collaborative housing.


April 9 2018: Pop Up projects VerDuS SURF meet each other!

The researchers met up in Utrecht to present their Pop Up projects from VerDuS SURF. Carla Huisman presented the project Samen wonen, samen onderzoeken. [read more]