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Darinka’s priorities – May 2013
“I’m delighted to be starting at BSHF and am looking forward to getting closely involved with some of our key activities over the coming months.
Within my first few weeks I will be attending our 2013 Windsor Consultation event and familiarising myself with the great projects which have been finalised for this year’s World Habitat Awards.
I am keen to build on the BSHF’s undoubted successes over many years and to take the organisation forward towards new opportunities and challenges.”
About BSHF's new Director, Darinka Czischke
Darinka Czischke joined BSHF as Director in May 2013. She is a housing specialist with wide-ranging international experience in both policy and practice. Her background combines Architecture, Sociology and Urban and Regional Planning.
Darinka joins BSHF from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Her past experience includes working as Research Director of the European Social Housing Observatory at CECODHAS Housing Europe in Brussels; as a research associate at the London School of Economics and Political Science and also as a research associate in Chile where she worked at the Centre for Environmental Research and Planning (CIPMA) and the Institute of Sociology of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Darinka has provided research and advice on social housing to a variety of international institutions, including the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, the URBACT programme on sustainable urban development in the European Union and Habitat for Humanity International.
She has also published extensively on social housing, socio-spatial integration, social enterprise and social innovation in housing and has been a joint co-ordinator of the working group ‘Social Housing: Institutions, Organisations and Governance’ at the European Network for Housing Research (ENHR). Information about Darinka’s previous work and her research interests is also available on LinkedIn.
BSHF is a registered charity whose objectives are to carry out research into all aspects of residential housing and publish the results of that research. As a company limited by guarantee it has no shareholders and all its funds are used to deliver its charitable objectives. BSHF is governed by a board of directors, who are also the trustees of the charity. BSHF has a small, dedicated team of staff and works in collaboration with a range of organisations throughout the world.
BSHF is financially independent, deriving its income from the land, property and investments that it owns. It is based in the former mining town of Coalville in the East Midlands region of the United Kingdom, where it has strong historical ties.
BSHF is recognised by the Department of Public Information of the United Nations. Since 2006 we have held Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, reflecting our work in support of the goals of UN-HABITAT.
The members of our staff team are: