HSA Annual Conference 2017 Speakers Announced

HSA Annual Conference 2017 Speakers Announced

Housing Studies Association Conference 

5-7th April 2017, York

‘The Precariousness of Housing: (in)equality, (in)security, (in)stability and the growing financialisation of the housing system’



Dr Sarah Payne

I’m really excited about our annual HSA conference this year. Not just because I’m co-organising it and will finally be in charge of the free drinks vouchers (form an orderly queue please!). Honest.

No. I’m excited because even though the theme Martin and I have chosen – precarity and the growing financialisation of our housing system – has become an depressingly omnipresent feature of housing systems across the globe, #hsa17 is offering one of the first opportunities for housing scholars and practitioners to gather and debate this theme. Indeed, I’ve already spoken with delegates interested in attending #hsa17 from across the globe, from Australia to Hong Kong, to Tasmania, to the United States. And, we’ve already had some fantastic abstracts from a growing range of practitioners. Such is a testament to the Housing Studies Association as the leading learned society and to the annual conference as a respected forum for debating cutting edge academic, policy and practice issues.

We’re delighted to announce and extended list of plenary speakers who we think will bring important contributions to debates around #hsa17’s themes of inequality, instability, insecurity, precarity and financialisaiton. Our speakers include:

  • Oliver Wainwright (The Guardian)
  • Shelagh Grant (Housing Forum)
  • Paul Quinn (Circle Housing)
  • Dinah Roake (ATLAS / HCA)
  • Bob Colenutt (Oxford Brookes)
  • David Madden (LSE)
  • Blase Lambert (Confederation of Co-operative Housing)

By the time the conference arrives, two key announcements will have been made. First, the Housing White Paper will be published, giving us a flavour of the direction the May Government wishes to take with housing policy. We await with baited breath. The second will be the announcement of the winning bid for the ESRC’s Housing Evidence Centre, which will be an important vehicle in driving forward a portfolio of research aimed to tackle our increasingly precarious housing system. We hope the conference offers the opportunity to discuss both these important developments, through the plenaries, over drinks or over the conference dinner.

There is still time to submit an abstract; the extended call for papers closes on 3rd February and you can submit your abstract to me by emailing me  (s.payne@sheffield.ac.uk).

I look forward to welcoming you to #hsa17 in York in April.

Sarah Payne
#hsa17 Co-organiser
Vice Chair and Membership Officer
Housing Studies Association