Following a long absence from the Italian political debate, the housing issue has again strongly emerged after the protracted economic crisis of the past decade. The significant impoverishment of housing policies in the wake of the choices made in welfare restructuring has had a profound effect on the geography of social inequalities. In this book, Paolo Molinari analyses the housing issue in Milan, providing both an account of how national austerity policies and the specific welfare model have affected possible responses to this crisis, as well as at which specific local initiatives have been or are being tested (including social housing, co-housing and urban regeneration). In doing so, Living in Milan explores how the third sector plays a leading role in the management of the new social risks; this role is common to many metropolises in southern Europe and raise questions over what this role entails and the ensuing potential territorial disparities that may arise.

Paolo Molinari is Full Professor of Human Geography at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. He has a PhD in “Environment quality and regional economic development” from the University of Bologna and a post-doctoral research fellowship from the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon. He is a board member of the PhD Programme of “Sciences of the Person and Education” at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, and a member of the scientific committee of the on-line series Tratti geografici. Materiali di ricerca e risorse educative. In recent years he was visiting professor at the Universities of Paris Est Marne-la-Vallée and Paris Diderot.