NEWS Call for Papers: Home, Housing & Communities – Foundations for Inclusive Society

NEWS Call for Papers: Home, Housing & Communities – Foundations for Inclusive Society

Special Issue: Social Inclusion

CALL FOR PAPERS: Home, Housing and Communities – Foundations for Inclusive Society

Papers are invited for a special issue of the journal addressing the broad theme of home (and homelessness), housing and communities.

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Volume 8, Issue 3


Isobel Anderson (University of Stirling, UK), Vikki McCall (University of Stirling, UK) and Joe Finnerty (University College Cork, Ireland)

Submission of Abstracts: 15 September 2019
Submission of Full Papers: 15 January 2020
Publication of the Issue: September 2020


Rationale for the theme: 

Across the globe, nation states face enormous challenges in meeting housing needs across diverse communities, with increasing pressures on housing systems necessitating review of policy and interventions. Economic, social, political and environmental change is often experienced inequitably across socio economic groups and the impacted communities may be overlooked, despite the fundamental importance of social wellbeing to recovery and long-term resilience. The ‘social’ dimension of housing is often overlooked for more immediate focus on numbers, building, design and markets. Social sustainability has become a key concern in the light of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and particularly SDG 11 on sustainable settlements and housing. This thematic issue on home, housing and communities will contribute to understand the social impact of context and change in households and communities. It will present new research that centralises the social role of housing in exploring wider impacts and challenges around the significance of home and the flourishing of communities.

Questions the thematic issue aims to explore include:

  • What different roles does the housing sector play in addressing or enhancing issues of inequality?
  • What is the recent evidence on the social role of housing in building inclusive and sustainable homes and communities?
  • What theoretical perspectives contribute to our understanding of the social role of housing (e.g. rights based approaches, citizen empowerment)?
  • What changes are required in housing policy and in housing systems (and in other systems such as labour markets) to make them more socially inclusive? What challenges do socially inclusive reforms face?

The thematic issue aims to bring together research across housing tenures and social groups that explore common themes around social inclusion, social sustainability, homelessness and equality in the housing sector. For example, articles may examine the housing experiences of women and men, the LGBT community, older people, younger people, disabled people, and the impact of lived experience of dementia and those who need mental health support. Articles should also consider how neighbourhoods and communities underpin citizens’ welfare, interact with other dimensions of social and economic life, and build capacity to live fulfilled lives. The papers will shed new insights on the challenges of, and potential for, socially inclusive and sustainable activities and policies in housing, with recommendations for increased effectiveness of the housing sector in tackling inequality.

Instructions for Authors:

Authors interested in submitting a paper for this issue are asked to consult the journal’s instructions for authors and send their abstracts (about 250 words, with a tentative title and reference to the thematic issue) by email to the Editorial Office (

Open Access:

The journal has an article publication fee to cover its costs and guarantee that the article can be accessed free of charge by any reader, anywhere in the world, regardless of affiliation. We defend that authors should not have to personally pay this fee and advise them to check with their institutions if funds are available to cover open access publication fees. Institutions can also join Cogitatio’s Membership Program at a very affordable rate and enable all affiliated authors to publish without incurring any fees. Further information about the journal’s open access charges and institutional members can be found here.