Low-income housing provision in Mauritius: improving social justice and place quality

Gooding, T. 2016. Low-income housing provision in Mauritius: improving social justice and place quality. Habitat International. 53, pp. 502-516. doi:10.1016/j.habitatint.2015.12.018

TitleLow-income housing provision in Mauritius: improving social justice and place quality
AuthorsGooding, T.
Abstract

This study considers how housing need is, and can be, addressed through the provision of low-income housing in Mauritius. Informed by collaborative planning theory, the research seeks to understand the nuances of the Mauritian context and the relationship between governance processes surrounding low-income housing provision, and social justice and place quality outcomes. It finds that the planning and delivery of housing by the state often fails to provide for those in greatest need due to being highly centralised and driven by the land available and a desire to meet political targets. Also evident is the lack of resident participation in the planning of government housing despite it being recognised internationally as fundamental to creating sustainable housing solutions. It concludes by arguing that resident participation together with a collaborative planning approach can lead to greater social justice and place quality, and in turn more sustainable communities. Finally, it outlines the criteria that should be considered when developing low-income housing on the island.

KeywordsLow-income housing; Governance; Social justice; Resident participation; Collaborative planning; Mauritius
JournalHabitat International
Journal citation53, pp. 502-516
ISSN0197-3975
Year2016
PublisherElsevier
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1016/j.habitatint.2015.12.018
Web address (URL)http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0197397515300898
Publication dates
Published25 Jan 2016

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