Call for Papers – People, Place and Policy 2017:  Tackling social and spatial resource inequalities. A One Day Conference

Call for Papers – People, Place and Policy 2017:  Tackling social and spatial resource inequalities. A One Day Conference

The following conference – Tackling Social and Spatial Resource Inequalities – may be of interest to HSA members. The organisers particularly encourage abstracts that address any relevant aspect of housing research, including issues of poverty, inequality, resource use, or interconnections between housing and resource inequalities. The abstract deadline is Friday 17th February.

Date: 22nd June, 2017

Venue: Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Organised by: People, Place and Policy

Conference Themes

Western societies are riven by inequality, cutting across a range of geographic scales and configured both socially and spatially. This has been a central feature of scholarship in PPP journal and there is a large body of public policy inquiry focused on inequality framed within wider social and economic relations. This work can be less explicit in exploring how these inequalities are in part underpinned by and played out through uneven access to essential material resources such as housing, food, energy and water. Similarly scholars of poverty and inequality have long been interested in issues around material deprivation (inability to afford essential goods and services) but this work has not always been connected to the wider political economy of the resources themselves (housing studies being a possible exception). Resource inequalities are set to become more acute when placed in the context of rising costs as a result of wider political, macroeconomic and environmental trends.

As well as the well-established scholarly attention on housing there are burgeoning areas of study that focus directly on investigating a range of other specific essential material resources (for instance issues relating to energy justice, food systems, access to green space/green infrastructure, access to clean air) and on teasing out the connections between different resources, often under the guise of ‘nexus’ thinking (see for example Leck et al, 2015; Cairns and Krzywoszynska, 2016).  By bringing together people within an interest in social and economic inequality with those investigating different material resources this conference aims to generate new conversations about the relationships between material resources and wider socio-economic relations. Academics, researchers, students, policymakers and practitioners are invited to interrogate the implications of these issues.

We are interested in papers that start with social and economic inequality in interrogating essential resources; those that begin from an individual resource or set of resources; or new approaches that seek to combine the two. Policy-relevant and empirically- or theoretically-informed papers are encouraged on themes including (but not limited to):

  • The nature of resource inequality, including consideration of different configurations of access to: housing, food, energy, water, clothing, green space, clean air and mineral resources (this list is not intended to be exhaustive and consideration of other resources is welcome)
  • Interconnections between different forms of resource inequality
  • Implications of resource inequalities for places, economies and labour markets
  • Resource inequalities set within wider social and economic relations (and the social and economic relations of resource inequalities)
  • In and beyond the household as a site of resource need
  • Interactions between tangible and intangible resources, including explorations of the financialisation and/or marketisation of essential resources.
  • State and beyond-the-state interventions on resource inequalities

Submitting papers:

Abstracts of 200 words should be submitted to Emma Smith ( by Friday17th February. We encourage contributions from established academics, early career researchers, and colleagues in policy and practice. If accepted (5-7,000 words), full papers should be submitted by Friday 6th June. There will be a prize for the best paper. PPP will also consider publishing the strongest papers in a special issue in 2018.

If you wish to attend the seminar as a delegate, please register your interest by emailing Emma Smith: Queries can also be sent to this email address.

Delegate fees

The event is part funded by the Centre for Regional, Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University. A fee of £30 will be payable by all delegates including presenters to cover the remaining running costs of the conference. Booking forms and details of how to make payments will be emailed to delegates after registering interest or submitting abstracts. A small number of bursaries will be available to cover the fee for attendees who do not have institutional support. Please indicate if you wish to be considered for a bursary when submitting an abstract.

About People, Place and Policy

People, Place and Policy (PPP) is an open access journal that provides a forum for debate about how policy shapes the risks, opportunities and constraints that face people and places in contemporary society. Its aim is to foster dialogue between academics engaged in researching societal challenges and the policy-makers or practitioners charged with responding to these