Digital informalisation: rental housing, platforms, and the management of risk

Ferreri, Mara and Sanyal, Romola (2021) Digital informalisation: rental housing, platforms, and the management of risk. Housing Studies. pp. 1-19. ISSN 0267-3037 (In Press)

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The eruption of disruptive digital platforms is reshaping geographies of housing under the gaze of corporations and through the webs of algorithms. Engaging with interdisciplinary scholarship on informal housing across the Global North and South, we propose the term ‘digital informalisation’ to examine how digital platforms are engendering new and opaque ways of governing housing, presenting a theoretical and political blind spot. Focusing on rental housing, our paper unpacks the ways in which new forms of digital management of risk control access and filter populations. In contrast to progressive imaginaries of ‘smart’ technological mediation, practices of algorithmic redlining, biased tenant profiling and the management of risk in private tenancies and in housing welfare both introduce and extend discriminatory and exclusionary housing practices. The paper aims to contribute to research on informal housing in the Global North by examining digital mediation and its governance as key overlooked components of housing geographies beyond North and South dichotomies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Algorithm, Global North, digital platforms, housing informality
Subjects: K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
L500 Social Work
L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2021 10:48
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2021 11:45

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