As part of his Landecker project, Nikolaos Vrantsis has researched the housing situation of rural Greece, specifically the town of Naoussa.
Like many other towns in rural Greece, Naoussa is a shrinking, rural municipality with an ageing population and a declining economy that is struggling to recover from the impact of heavy deindustrialization and socioeconomic decline, that was exacerbated after the eruption of the financial crisis in 2008. Many youngsters who leave the city in search of studies or work, choose not to return. A large portion of the young population that does remain in Naoussa struggles with unemployment (or underemployment) and faces housing challenges due to the lack of affordability.
The goal of the project was thus a detailed report about the local housing condition, with the aim of filling the gap of data around the total demand for affordable housing.
With the data from his Landecker project’s research and thanks to the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Nikolaos was now able to produce a new publication titled “The housing paradox in small municipalities in Greece: The case of the Municipality of Naoussa.”
The research goes well in depth on the issue of housing deprivation, with special focus being paid to homelessness as well as the housing pressure on young people, women and the disabled.
Nikos is one of thirty 2020-2021 Landecker Democracy Fellows. This fellowship, a collaboration between the Alfred Landecker Foundation and Humanity in Action, was created to strengthen a new generation of leaders whose approaches to political and social challenges can become catalysts for democratic placemaking and community building. Read more about the fellowship here.