From the Floorboards Up: Foundations and Futures of Housing Justice

We are delighted to announce details of the next HSA Annual Conference and the opening of our call for papers and bursary applications! Our next hybrid conference will take place in Sheffield, between Wednesday 29th and Friday 31st March 2023. 

The theme of this year’s conference is housing justice. Everyone needs access to safe, decent, and affordable housing. For many across the world, however, housing continues to be experienced as a perpetual crisis. For decades, the supply of housing has not kept pace with demand and housing quality continues to vary substantially across places and spaces. The challenges of accessing and sustaining housing of any type is becoming increasingly difficult for more and more households and is set to worsen in the context of spiralling costs of living, including increases in energy, rent and mortgage costs. Experiences of displacement and homelessness are becoming more acute, not least because of the effects of war and climate change, with devastating consequences for those affected. And these are just some of the grand and global challenges faced by governments, housing researchers, practitioners, communities, and households.  

Taking an aspirational approach, this conference aims to bring together individuals keen to explore the foundations and future of housing justice. The conference will be a platform for those seeking to disrupt, innovate and reimagine traditional understandings and approaches to housing, and/or to explore and promote alternative solutions to current challenges.  

The conference is keen to cover (but is not limited to) issues of:

  • Housing activism and politics
  • Indigeneity and housing rights
  • Migration, asylum, and housing precarity
  • Homelessness and mobilities 
  • Intersectional inequalities in accessing safe and secure housing
  • Housing sustainability 
  • Housing access and affordability 
  • Housing quality and design
  • Housing and health 
  • Housing-related economics and policy 
  • Global and cross-sectional responses to housing-related crises
  • Advances in housing theory and methodology 

The conference is your chance to discuss these issues and ideas, and more, in a safe and inclusive space. 

We warmly welcome contributions from UK-based and international researchers (within and outside of academia, from all disciplinary backgrounds and at all stages of their careers), policymakers and practitioners, campaigners, activists, and communities and contributions that consider both single country and comparative cases. 

We hope to welcome as many of you as possible to Sheffield to enjoy the early career researcher workshop, some fantastic plenaries, a host of diverse papers and the conference dinner (which will include the announcement of the Valerie Karn Prize winner 2023 – an annual highlight!). There will also be opportunities for socialising and networking. But for those unable to attend in-person, there will be a great online offer – the plenaries will be live-streamed and there will be online paper sessions across the three days, so please do still join us! When submitting an abstract, you will be asked if you wish to present online-only. 

Our fees and ticket prices will be announced in due course. 

The Housing Studies Association (HSA) is a limited company registered in England and Wales under company number 13958843 at C/O Helen Taylor, Housing Studies, Cardiff School Llandaff Campus, Western Avenue, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, United Kingdom, CF5 2YB.
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