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HSA Conference 2016: “Housing at the extremes: austerity, prosperity and systems change”

April 6 @ 10:00 am - April 8 @ 2:30 pm


April 6 @ 10:00 am
April 8 @ 2:30 pm
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University of York
York, Heslington United Kingdom + Google Map


Housing Studies Association

Sustained and substantial reforms to housing and welfare entitlements since 2010 have reshaped the safety net that lower income groups have historically relied upon to avoid housing deprivation. This restructuring has paralleled ongoing changes in the housing tenure structure, reflected in the relative size and composition of the private and social rented sectors, as well as promoting new thinking on the role of the state. One implication of these changes appears to be that the housing safety net for low income households has become markedly less comprehensive, accessible and protective. At the same time, the residential property market remains a productive field of investment and wealth generation for many. This context raises the question of what the purpose of housing policy is or should be, and how its objectives should be prioritised and reconciled. One year on from a General Election, this conference offers the opportunity to reflect on how the interlocking housing, welfare and political systems are performing – both for the most marginalised and privileged groups – and what kind of future housing policies may be emerging.

Keynote speakers will focus on a number of themes:

• Welfare reform and its implications for housing
• The changing UK housing system
• Housing and ethnicity in the UK
• Extreme housing exclusion
• Possible housing futures

Confirmed speakers include:

• Professor Peter Kemp, University of Oxford
• Professor Christina Beatty, Sheffield Hallam University
• Omar Khan, Runnymede Trust
• Professor Sarah Johnsen, Heriot Watt University
• Anna Minton, University of East London
• Christopher Walker, Policy Exchange
• Robert Black CBE, Chair of Scottish Commission for Housing and Wellbeing

Associated papers

Workshop papers and presentations

  • Demographic trends and housing need in Northern Ireland

    Joe Frey, Northern Ireland Housing Executive
  • Planning obligations and affordable housing delivery in a changing context

    Sue Brownill, Oxford Brookes University
  • Embedding financialisation: A policy review of the Affordable Homes Programme

    Stewart Smyth, University of Sheffield
  • Fuel poverty and disabled people: sustaining a warm home in the context of welfare reform

    Mark Bevan and Carolyn Snell, University of York
  • The Heterogeneity of Housing Elderly’s Profile: Evidence from Walloon Data

    Stéphanie Cassilde, Centre d'Etudes en Habitat Durable (CEHD)
  • Meeting commercial and social goals: institutional investment in the housing association sector

    Connie P.Y. Tang , Michael Oxley and Daniel Mekic, University of Cambridge
  • The Hidden Crisis of Homeownership: Tales from County Durham

    Lee Forster-Kirkham, Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Buy-to-let Mortgage Arrears: Understanding the factors that influence landlords’ mortgage debt

    Alison Wallace, University of York
  • Fuelling Pauperism – How the Coalition Government’s lavish spending on housing benefit and helping private landlords is making housing less affordable for us all

    Len Gibbs, Epic Housing
  • Negotiating shared housing in austerity Britain: pragmatic responses and policy challenges

    Rachael Scicluna and Sue Heath, University of Manchester
  • The Two-fold Truth of the Work of the Housing Professional

    Joe Crawford, University of St Andrews
  • The new paternalists? Social housing and conduct conditionality in England and Scotland

    Suzanne Fitzpatrick and Beth Watts, I-SPHERE, Heriot-Watt University
  • Gamers or Victims of the System? Welfare Reform, Hyper Vulnerability and Cynical Manipulation

    Del Fletcher, Sheffield Hallam University, and John Flint, University of Sheffield
  • Family background and young adults’ housing outcomes, 1971-2011

    Rory Coulter, University of Cambridge
  • Housing the younger generation: A cross-cultural analysis of the role of intergenerational family support and dependence on family provision for housing for young people

    Mark Tsun On Wong, University of Edinburgh
  • Understanding older people’s housing wants and needs and barriers to satisfying them

    Doug McNab, AECOM
  • The pursuit of homeownership and the importance of family support

    Tom Moore, University of Sheffield, Kim McKee and Adriana Soaita, University of St Andrews

Early careers papers and presentations

  • Intensive family intervention and the problem figuration of ‘troubled families’

    Emily Ball, University of Sheffield
  • The unhomely home: women, home-lessness and the unheimlich

    Lindsey McCarthy, Sheffield Hallam University
  • In search of the optimal: satisficing and housing search models

    Richard Dunning, University of Sheffield
  • Political ideology and housing supply: rethinking New Towns and the building of new communities in England

    Dr. Helena Rivera, University College London
  • The Appeal of Welfare: The limits of law in the face of the welfare reform agenda

    Jed Meers, University of York
  • Spaces of misunderstanding? Disparity and conflict between national level policy-making and local housing management post-2011 riots

    Gareth Young, University of Sheffield
  • The re-emergence of the deserving poor through recent legislation in a social housing context

    Charlotte Hood-Fredriksen, University of Liverpool
  • A Tale of Two Cities: The Impact of Social Housing on Health in Glasgow and Baltimore

    Nicholas Sharrar, University of Glasgow
  • Social housing and carbon control: retrofit practices under eco-state restructuring and austerity

    Jenni Cauvain, University of Nottingham
  • The implications of policy reform for profit motives of social housing actors in England

    Charles Jarvis, University of Manchester
  • Searching for ‘generation rent’: Identifying niches in the private rented sector

    Ben Pattison, University of Birmingham
  • The democratic role of co-operative housing: challenging the notion of generation rent in the UK housing market

    Emma Griffin, University of the West of England
  • Precarity in the private rented sector: A framework for considering mobility and security

    Darren Baxter, University of York