Housing and intergenerational inequality in the Taipei metropolitan area

Yu-Tung Wu portrait
Yu-Tung Wu
PhD student
Housing and real estate, Urban inequalities and social justice
Exploring the differences in housing environment in the Taipei metropolitan area.

Supervised by Ryan Powell and Dr Ste Hincks.

The housing environment in Taiwan has continued to deteriorate, and the increase in average house prices is much higher than the increase in average income. Due to the influence of neoliberalism in the 1980s, housing financialisation accelerated the development of the real estate market. In the previous ownership-oriented housing environment, because the government reduced direct involvement, housing subsidies became the mainstream of housing policies. This research seeks to explore the differences in housing environment and predicament faced by different generations in the Taipei metropolitan area, where housing prices are the highest. The research content includes how the housing policies affected different generations in different periods, the evaluation of the actual effects of housing policies, and how residents have generated alternative living patterns and have adapted to the housing environment based on the predicament.

I completed my undergraduate in 2018 with a BSc in Urban Planning at the National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. I was awarded the degree of MSc in Cities and Global Development by the University of Sheffield in 2020. My dissertation focuses on how political informality is involved in the process of urban land value capture in Taiwan. I continued my PhD research at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, focusing on issues in housing. I'm also interested in the area of energy policy.