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Energy Deprivation and the Spatial Transformation of Athens in the Context of the Crisis - Challenges and Conflicts in Apartment Buildings


A crucial aspect of the socio-spatial transformation of Athens and a significant factor in the rise of new urban challenges and conflicts since the outbreak of the Greek debt crisis in 2010 is the domestic use of energy. Austerity measures implemented as part of the adjustment mechanism monitored by the creditors of the Greek state, namely the International Monetary Fund, European Commission and European Central Bank, have led to a shrinking of the welfare state, a rapid rise in unemployment, reductions in the levels of disposable income and increased poverty. Existing forms of poverty have deepened and new forms of deprivation have emerged, changing everyday life in the city. As a result, the levels of access different social groups have to goods and services has changed rapidly, the living standards of significant parts of the population have deteriorated, and locational decisions, social networks, and everyday practices have been redefined.