HSA Conference 2018 – Call for Papers

Call for Papers

Housing Studies Association Conference

11-13th April 2018, Sheffield

Professionalism, Policy and Practice: Exploring the Relationship between Theory and Practice in Housing Studies


Papers are invited for the Housing Studies Association’s 2018 conference. The conference offers a welcoming platform for academics and practitioners from a wide range of topics and disciplines, including housing, economics, planning, critical geography, social policy, sociology and criminology.

Housing policy has been subject to radical change over the last thirty years. The decimation of the social housing sector, the stigmatisation of marginalised communities and the widespread cynicism about the effectiveness of political action, have led to a deep-rooted scepticism about the ability to achieve fundamental changes to a system often seen as dysfunctional. This conference will examine both the theoretical and practical responses to contemporary challenges. What kinds of concepts are most appropriate to analyse contemporary change? What are the practical implications of reforms to the housing sector? The conference organisers will welcome papers on a range of topics including the spatial implications of devolution, the development of city regions and creative responses to contemporary housing challenges. The conference will therefore provide an opportunity to consider both theoretical approaches and critically discuss the implications of practical responses. The key question is the extent to which theory can inform practice and how practice can influence new forms of conceptual analysis.

Confirmed plenary speakers include:

  • Keith Jacobs (University of Tasmania)
  • Brian Lund (Manchester Metropolitan University)
  • John Boughton (Municipal Dreams)
  • Harris Beider (University of Coventry)
  • Marisa Gerstein Pineau (Frameworks)
  • Gavin Smart (Chartered Institute of Housing)
  • Jenny Osbourne (Tenant Participation Advisory Service)

Papers from academics and practitioners related to the conference themes are welcome, along with those addressing other aspects of housing policy, practice or theory. Submissions (a title and 200 word abstract) should be emailed to Tony Manzi (T.Manzi@westminster.ac.uk) and Joe Crawford (jc292@st-andrews.ac.uk) by Friday 10th February 2018.  (Please note the organisers reserve the right to edit abstracts exceeding the word limit).

The conference organisers will meet to consider abstracts in early February and abstract acceptances will be emailed the week commencing 20th February.

Early Career Researchers

The HSA is proud to support Early Career Researchers (ECRs) and we welcome papers from ECRs for the 2018 conference. In the past, we have grouped together these presentations into ECR streams that run in parallel to the main conference. This year we would like to integrate the ECR presentations into the main conference programme.  Therefore, ECR papers that are accepted will automatically be entered into the main programme. If you wish to opt-out of this and present in a specific ECR stream them please make this known when you submit your abstract. We cannot guarantee that you will be able to present in an ECR stream but we will do our best to accommodate this.

Abstracts from Early Career Researchers (also 200 words max) should be sent to Helen Taylor htaylor@cardiffmet.ac.uk by Friday 10th February 2018.  All Early Career presenters will be invited to submit a written paper to be considered for the Valerie Karn Memorial Prize.

A number of bursaries, jointly funded by the HSA and Housing Studies Charitable Trust, are available providing financial support for attending the conference.