April Lunchtime Talk

Friday 8th of April

April Lunchtime Talk- “Coping Strategies Developed by Renters in Response to Housing Precarity

Date: Wednesday 20th of April

Time: 1pm

Meeting Registration – Zoom

This month’s event is a follow up to our February talk on “Generation Rent and Housing Precarity in ‘Post Crisis’ Ireland”. The two other papers up for discussion provide a qualitative research perspective on this issue, with 28 renters in the Dublin area being interviewed. These papers focus on the ways people develop coping strategies to respond to their housing difficulties and their experiences of housing precarity in the private rental sector during the Covid-19 pandemic. The findings illustrate how people respond to difficult housing circumstances by adopting a range of expenditure, employment and housing-related responses. It also shows how such experiences impact upon social identity, family relations and psycho-social health.



Dr Richard Waldron, Queens University Belfast.

Richard Waldron is a lecturer in the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen’s University Belfast. His research relates to the intersection of urban planning policy, housing markets and strategies of urban economic development. His work has been published in leading journals, including Housing Studies, the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research and Environment and Planning.



Dr Michael Byrne, UCD.

Michael Byrne is a lecturer in Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice (UCD) and the Director of the Equality Studies MSc. His research focuses on the political economy of the private rental sector. In 2020 he co-authored Threshold’s report Security and Agency in the Irish Private Rental Sector. Recent publications include Stay Home: Reflections on the meaning of home and the Covid-19 pandemic (Irish Journal of Sociology), Institutional Investment in the private rental sector in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic (Geary Public Policy Institute), and The impact of Covid-19 on the private rental sector (Geary Public Policy Institute).