The aim of this paper is to present an approach for comprehending affordable housing. The approach is based on a
new paradigm of research: trans-disciplinarity; a form of inquiry that crosses the boundaries of different disciplines. An
argument on the impact of trans-disciplinary thinking on understanding affordable housing is developed, then is placed
within the perspective of how lifestyle theories and their underlying concepts can be integrated into a comprehensive
investigatory process. In turn, a framework of inquiry is developed while reflected on affordable housing knowledge
types. An interpretation of the framework into a survey tool is conceptualized. The tool is introduced in the form of a
questionnaire to be implemented in different contexts. The testing of the questionnaire as a tool of inquiry reveals its
validity, corroborates the value of integrating trans-disciplinary knowledge into affordable housing research, and accentuates
the value of introducing lifestyle theories as a new form of knowledge necessary for future inquiry on affordable
Keywords:Trans-disciplinarity, Knowledge, Affordable Housing, Lifestyle Theories.
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