Valerie Karn Prize 2022

Dear members and friends

If you are an early-career researcher (ECR) and you are presenting a paper at this year’s HSA conference, we’d also like to encourage you to submit a paper to be considered for the Valerie Karn prize 2022. Each year, the prize is awarded to an ECR who has submitted an outstanding paper to the annual HSA conference. 

All papers submitted will be considered for the prize, but particular preference will be given to papers which share Valerie’s broad interests which include:

Race and housing

Housing standards and conditions


Housing management and governance

Comparative housing research

Papers should be between 3,000 and 6,000 words in length and submitted in Word format to Adele Irving ([email protected]). The deadline for paper entries is Monday 14th March.  

The prize winner will be awarded a £100 Waterstone’s gift voucher and will receive support towards the professional production and dissemination of the paper.

The HSA adopts a flexible view of what constitutes an ECR, but this normally includes all Masters students, Doctoral students, and researchers with less than four years full-time equivalent research experience (e.g. postdoctoral researchers within 4 years of PhD completion or junior researchers in a non-academic research role for less than 4 years). 

All applicants for the Valerie Karn Prize must be HSA members. Non-members who submit will be contacted with an opportunity to sign-up for membership. Details on how to become a member can be found here.

Applicants must be planning to attend the conference, where the prize will be awarded. 

Click here to learn more about the Valerie Karn Prize. Please contact Adele Irving directly if you have any queries or would like support to complete your paper.

We look forward to receiving your entries! 

Adele Irving (Valerie Karn Officer) on behalf of the HSA Executive Committee 

The Housing Studies Association (HSA) is a limited company registered in England and Wales under company number 13958843 at 42 Wellington Road, Greenfield, OL3 7AQ.
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