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Housing Studies Association Conference 2013: Changing Political, socioeconomic and institutional landscapes: What are the consequences for housing?

10 April 2013 - 12 April 2013

Housing finds itself at the centre of unprecedented change in political, socioeconomic and institutional landscapes in light of Impending welfare reform and the ongoing impacts of the economic downturn and austerity measures. Political expediency and ideological opportunity are imposing significant challenges for the way housing is conceptualised and produced. Furthermore, housing strategies are heading in new directions in different jurisdictions. The conference will provide a valuable opportunity to reflect on the implications of these and related issues for housing theory, provision and practice.

Keynote speakers will focus on a number of themes:

  • Welfare reform and understandings of housing as a welfare good, including reflections on notions of entitlement
  • Changing state/market relationships and the implications for the planning and delivery of housing
  • The politics of housing

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Prof Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Heriot-Watt University
  • Prof John Flint, University of Sheffield
  • Dr Peter King, De Montfort University
  • Grainia Long, Chartered Institute of Housing
  • Kevin Dodd, Chief Executive, Wakefield and District Housing
  • David Orr, National Housing Federation

Papers addressing the conference themes or dealing with any other aspect of housing policy, practice or theory are welcomed. Offers of papers (a title and 200 word abstract) should be emailed to Martin McNally (martin.mcnally@chester.ac.uk) and Sarah Johnsen (s.johnsen@hw.ac.uk) by Friday 1 February 2013. (Please note that the organisers reserve the right to edit abstracts that exceed the 200-word limit).

An Early Career stream, sponsored by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, will run in parallel with the main conference. Abstracts for this stream (also 200 words max) should be sent to Gareth Young (gjyoung1@shef.ac.uk) and Ben Pattison (bmp248@ bham.ac.uk) by Friday 1 February 2013. Early Career delegates will be invited to submit a written paper after the conference in order to be considered for the new Valerie Karn Memorial Prize.

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


University of York
York, Heslington United Kingdom