The research committee on Housing and the Built Environment is an international association founded in 1978 to provide a forum for promoting research and communication among housing researchers.
The Research Committee had its origins thirty years ago in sessions held at the Uppsala Congress in 1974 and has organized sessions on housing-related topics at each subsequent World Congress of Sociology. In addition, it conducts biennial international conferences and also has sponsored a number of smaller regional meetings. Past venues include Amsterdam, Paris, Hamburg, Prague, Montréal, Beijing, Nairobi, Budapest, and Alexandria (USA).
Members come from an array of disciplines including sociology, geography, political science, economics, planning and public policy. RC43 is not an association of sociologists but a multi-disciplinary group of researchers with a focus on housing and the built environment. The topics of housing and the built environment do not belong to any one discipline.
Membership in RC43 is global, covering every continent and more than 30 countries. Contacts between group members have led to mutual visits, guest lectures, and collaboration in research and practice.
Given its long history and excellent reputation, the International Sociological Association serves as an appropriate home for scholars focused on the many aspects of housing and the built environment.
The committee on Housing and the Built Environment became a formal Research Committee of the ISA in 1990.
The objectives of RC43 are
- To create an international community among scholars in the field of housing and the built environment;
- To promote the development of social science theory and research on housing and the built environment;
- To contribute to informed decisions regarding intervention in and invention of housing and the built environments supportive of human needs.
- Statutes of the Research Committee on Housing & the Built Environment RC43