Call for Papers: Housing Studies Association Conference 2016

Call for Papers: Housing Studies Association Conference 2016

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

University of York
Wednesday 6th – Friday 8th April 2016

Papers are invited for the Housing Studies Association’s 2016 conference. The conference offers a welcoming platform for a wide range of topics and disciplines, including social policy, sociology, economics, planning, critical geography, and criminology.

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
• Shane Brownie, National Housing Federation
• Christopher Walker, Policy Exchange
• Robert Black CBE, Chair of Scottish Commission for Housing and Wellbeing

Papers from academics and practitioners related to the conference themes are welcomed, along with those addressing other aspects of housing policy, practice or theory. Submissions (a title and 200 word abstract) should be emailed to Beth Watts ( and Gareth Young ( by Friday 29 January 2016. (Please note that the organisers reserve the right to edit abstracts that exceed the 200-word limit).

An Early Career stream will run in parallel with the main conference. Abstracts for this stream (also 200 words max) should be sent to Richard Dunning ( and Joe Crawford ( by Friday 29 January 2016. Early Career delegates will be invited to submit a written paper after the conference in order to be considered for the Valerie Karn Memorial Prize in 2017.

Six bursaries, jointly funded by the HSA and Housing Studies Charitable Trust, are available to early career researchers providing financial support for attending the conference.