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Access to Social Housing: Discrimination on All Levels

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In her doctoral thesis, Marine Bourgeois enlightens us as to how discrimination is forged regarding access to social housing. Through direct observations, interviews with professionals, documentary analysis and statistical evaluations, she explains how low-cost housing tenants are selected and screened. She highlights three main explanations to account for recurring discriminatory practices: features in the local context, institutional constraints and the professional culture of fieldworkers.

Her report:

(the video’s subtitles are available in French and in English, don’t forget to choose your language by modifying the parameters)

This thesis supervised by Patrick Le Galès, CNRS research director at the Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics (CEE) and dean at the School of Urban Affairs, won the Fondation Mattei Dogan prize awarded by the Association française de science politique and the Dalloz Thesis Prize in political science.
Affiliated with CEE, Marine Bourgeois now works at Sciences Po Grenoble where she is a lecturer and researcher.


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