Discrimination on the private rental market in Belgium. Strategies and rationales of private landlords and real estate agents to exclude ethnic minorities and low-income households.
Jana Verstraete (author), Pascal De Decker (supervisor) & Stijn Oosterlynck (co-supervisor)
Discrimination is a persistent issue in various societal fields, including the housing market. This PhD project focuses on the discrimination of ethnic minorities and low income households on the private rental market in Belgium. Taking the perspective of landlords and real estate agents as a point of departure, the project studies how discrimination occurs throughout the entire rental procedure.
More precisely, this PhD project wishes to reveal which selection and discrimination strategies landlords and real estate brokers develop in their daily practices. It also sheds light on the motivations, reasoning and justifications that go along these strategies. In addition, this PhD questions how governments can develop or strengthen their housing and antidiscrimination policies to improve access to housing for ethnic minorities and low income households.
Prof. Dr. Pascal De Decker (P.PUL)
Prof. Dr. Stijn Oosterlynck (CRESC, UAntwerpen)
Prof. Dr. Hans Leinfelder (P.PUL)
Prof. Dr. Maarten Loopmans (KU Leuven)
Prof. Dr. Pieter-Paul Verhaeghe (VUB)