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HSA Conference 2016: “Housing at the extremes: austerity, prosperity and systems change”

6 April 2016 @ 10:00 am - 8 April 2016 @ 2:30 pm

Sustained and substantial reforms to housing and welfare entitlements since 2010 have reshaped the safety net that lower income groups have historically relied upon to avoid housing deprivation. This restructuring has paralleled ongoing changes in the housing tenure structure, reflected in the relative size and composition of the private and social rented sectors, as well as promoting new thinking on the role of the state. One implication of these changes appears to be that the housing safety net for low income households has become markedly less comprehensive, accessible and protective. At the same time, the residential property market remains a productive field of investment and wealth generation for many. This context raises the question of what the purpose of housing policy is or should be, and how its objectives should be prioritised and reconciled. One year on from a General Election, this conference offers the opportunity to reflect on how the interlocking housing, welfare and political systems are performing – both for the most marginalised and privileged groups – and what kind of future housing policies may be emerging.

Keynote speakers will focus on a number of themes:

• Welfare reform and its implications for housing
• The changing UK housing system
• Housing and ethnicity in the UK
• Extreme housing exclusion
• Possible housing futures

Confirmed speakers include:

• Professor Peter Kemp, University of Oxford
• Professor Christina Beatty, Sheffield Hallam University
• Omar Khan, Runnymede Trust
• Professor Sarah Johnsen, Heriot Watt University
• Anna Minton, University of East London
• Christopher Walker, Policy Exchange
• Robert Black CBE, Chair of Scottish Commission for Housing and Wellbeing


6 April 2016 @ 10:00 am
8 April 2016 @ 2:30 pm
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University of York
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Housing Studies Association – Contact Sarah Welsh
01904 702165