BLOG: Valerie Karn Prize 2019

BLOG: Valerie Karn Prize 2019

Congratulations to everyone who has had their abstract accepted for this year’s HSA annual conference! Every year, early-career researchers (ECRs) have the opportunity to submit a full paper to the conference to be considered for the Valerie Karn Prize. We encourage all ECRs to think about applying; this blog provides some information about the prize.

HSA site IconValerie Karn was a housing researcher of compassion and conviction. She believed in the power of research to challenge and change policy by exposing the injustices of life in urban society. She was also a passionate advocate of community engagement and action.

She did her Doctorate at the University of Birmingham on housing for older people. After working as a research fellow at York University she returned to Birmingham, where she lectured until 1984. She then spent a decade as Professor of Environmental Health and Housing at Salford University, before taking up the position of Professor of Housing Studies at the Manchester University in 1994.

Valerie’s interests were wide-ranging and her achievements many. One her most notable contributions was her joint authorship of Race, Class and State Housing (1987). Written with Jeff Henderson, this seminal work exposed the processes of institutional racism in public housing. Reviewing the book for Critical Social Policy in 1988, Norman Ginsberg recognised the work as “more comprehensive, sophisticated and perhaps radical in its implications than anything done before.”

The Valerie Karn Prize is financed through donations made in Valerie’s memory from her daughter and other family and friends. The prize winner will be awarded a £100 Waterstone’s gift voucher and will receive support towards the professional production and dissemination of the winning paper.

All papers submitted by an early career researcher will be considered for the prize, but particular preference will be given to papers sharing Valerie’s broad interests which include:

  • Race and housing
  • Housing standards and conditions
  • Homelessness
  • Housing management and governance
  • Comparative housing research

To find out more about your eligibility for the prize and what is involved, please visit our Valerie Karn Prize page on the website here. The deadline for submissions for this year is Monday 4th March 2019.