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HSA Conference 2015: Housing the Generations: Justice, Inequality and the Implications of Political Change

8 April 2015 @ 9:00 am - 10 April 2015 @ 2:00 pm

As we approach the 2015 UK General Election and in the context of the decision over Scottish independence housing is again at the heart of current social and political change. Debates continue around the multiple ways in which housing can be conceptualised and provided, as the ongoing impacts of economic and welfare crises are felt. Across all generations and tenures, households face challenges in accessing both affordable and suitable housing. Increasingly, younger households are reliant on family support to access owner occupation, while changes to social housing and the withdrawal of welfare safety nets continue to affect where, why and how it is provided. The private rental sector is increasingly becoming the only realistic option for many. This locates housing centre stage in the wider debates regarding justice and fairness both within and between generations, as well as the respective roles of individuals and the state within welfare regimes. The HSA conference provides the opportunity to discuss and debate these themes, exploring the role of housing within debates of justice and equality, and the extent to which there is coalescence or divergence around these issues within and beyond the UK during an era of political change.

Keynote sessions will focused on the following themes:
  • Homeownership, housing wealth and intergenerational justice
  • Housing, class and poverty
  • The implications of political change for housing in the UK

Confirmed speakers include: 

  • Dr Beverley Searle (University of Dundee)
  • Professor Sue Heath (University of Manchester)
  • Professor Ken Gibb (University of Glasgow)
  • Kate Barker (Office for Budget Responsibility)


8 April 2015 @ 9:00 am
10 April 2015 @ 2:00 pm
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University of York
York, Heslington United Kingdom