Aleksandra Zubrzycka-Czarnecka

2018 Visiting Research Fellow

Fellows Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research Political Science (POLI) Housing Politics & Policy
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University of Warsaw, Poland / The framework of thinking about housing in urban policy /June - August 2018

Aleksandra Zubrzycka-Czarnecka is an assistant professor at the Institute of Social Policy, Faculty of Political Science and International Studies, University of Warsaw. Between 2016 and 2017 she held a position of a deputy director of the Institute of Social Policy. Since July 2017 she coordinates a three-year research project “D-Housing. Democracy of housing policy” financed by the Polish National Science Centre (NCN). The principal area of her research is the role of social actors in creation of the urban policy (especially in the area of housing). In her research, she combines a constructivist approach, discourse analysis and a critical approach.  

As a Brussels Centre for Urban Studies visiting research fellow, Aleksandra will explore how the role of ‘housing environment’ in the process of creating urban policy is perceived by young people in Warsaw and Brussels. She will study young people’s perception of the meaning of the notion of ‘housing environment’ with a working thesis that the young (students) in Warsaw and in Brussels have difficulties to notice that ‘housing environment’ can be seen as a part of the urban policy, and in this context can be subject to deliberation and participation. The project refers to the theory of housing studies, theory of social policy and theory of public policy. The purpose of the project is to develop the theoretical-analytical scheme – a concept of housing policy democracy (D-Housing). The complete description of that concept was published and subject to international assessment in “Housing Studies”. Aleksandra currently develops that concept in a book on the role of social actors in the creation and implementation of housing policy.

In the theoretical layer, the project will utilize the results of the research on deliberation/deliberative democracy and political participation. In the analytical layer, the project will apply: mental mapping method, a methodological approach of critical discourse analysis (CDA, in a perspective of Teun van Dijk) and two research schemes – a “discursive” scheme formulated by Keith Jacobs and Tony Manzi and a “political and linguistic” scheme of Martin Reisigl. While analysing data, the project refers to Wagenaar’s dimensions of “meaning” given by social actors. The analysis will be based on the achievements in research on political rhetoric and eristic (mainly the identification of eristic tricks). The assumptions concerning the interpretation of research results will refer to the application of the economic category of convention (the perspective of Noel Whiteside and Robert Salais), to the conceptualisation of the relations between discourse and power developed by Jacobs and Manzi, as well as to the research on participation in the public policy. Methodological aspects of the comparisons to be made will be based on the principles of “most different systems” (Przeworski, Teune).

The initiative is linked to Aleksandra’s involvement in a research project “D-Housing. Democracy of housing policy”. The stay at the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies provides her with an opportunity to elaborate international and comparative aspects of the concept of housing policy democracy.