CRN @ 2017 Cohousing Conference

CRN Academic Research Bibliography – May 2017 (30 Page PDF)

CRN Cohousing Conference Presentations – Jun 2017 (182 Page PDF)


At the 2017 National Cohousing Conference, The Cohousing Research Network presented the following two events.

Friday, May 19, 2017 – 8:30 am – 4:00 pm – Pre-Conference Intensive:
Cohousing as Resilient and Sustainable Community: Insights from the Cohousing Research Network

This full day pre-conference intensive is free. Registration is not required, but an RSVP is appreciated by clicking here for CRN’s contact page. This will take place during the 2017 National Cohousing Conference at the Millennium Maxwell House hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. You do not need to register for the conference to participate in this CRN intensive. Click here for more info on the 2017 National Cohousing Conference.

Intensive Description
The Cohousing Research Network (CRN) invites researchers from all fields to participate in a full day of research planning and collaboration. The goal of this session is to work together on specific research projects. CRN will suggest topics, providing research questions and datasets. Those in attendance will be asked to form groups and choose a topic, then dig in by analyzing data and determining a possible publication outlet for their work. We hope to develop valuable work and lasting collaborations for rigorous and meaningful cohousing research.

About the Presenters
Multiple presenters from the following possibilities: Angela Sanguinetti, Robert Boyer, Heidi Berggren, Maruja Torres-Antonini, Chuck MacLane.


Sunday, May 20, 2017 – 8:45 – 10:15 am – Session
Resilient and Sustainable Community: Insights from the Cohousing Research Network
Presented by Angela Sanguinetti and other researchers

Session Description
Cohousing researchers from different academic fields will present research on cohousing as resilient and sustainable community. The presentations will include: (1) an introduction to the concepts of resilience and sustainability from the relevant academic perspectives, (2) discussion of aspects of cohousing that align (or do not align) with these concepts, and (3) research conducted that explains how cohousing is (or can be) resilient and sustainable. Presentations to be followed by Q and A.

The Presenters

  • Betsy Morris, Ph.D. “Governance in Cohousing and Other Community Living Arrangements.”
  • Chuck MacLane, Ph.D., Social Science Research Consultant: “Social and Structural Attributes of Resilient Cohousing Communities”
  • Fiona Patterson, DSW, Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Vermont: “Multigenerational Living in Cohousing as Resilient and Sustainable Housing”
  • Heidi Berggren, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth: “Cohousing and Resiliency in Political and Civic Engagement”
  • Nancy Francis, M.S. Psychology, J.D., M.S. Gerontology, University of NC Wilmington. “Aging in place in cohousing: relying on community care during age-related long-term health needs.”
  • Robert Boyer, Ph.D. Department of Geography & Earth Sciences, University of North Carolina at Charlotte. “Who is interested in Cohousing in the USA?: Results of a National Survey on Cohousing and the Sharing Economy.”
  • Facilitator: Angela Sanguinetti, PhD, CRN Director, Coho/US Board Member, UC Davis Postdoctoral Researcher