Housing Studies Association Annual Conference 2023 - 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

Conference theme

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. 

The deadline for the submission of abstracts and bursary applications is Monday 12th December 2022 at 5pm (GMT).  

If you wish to submit a proposal for an alternative type of presentation or have any questions, please contact: [email protected] and see the FAQs below. Further details will be announced soon.

We look forward to seeing you in March 2023!

Best wishes

Adele Irving, Rachel Creaney, Gareth Young, Ian Wilson and Helen Taylor 

HSA 2023 Conference Organisers

Submit your paper to the Conference

Please use the link below to submit the abstract of your paper to the conference organisation committee for consideration. 

Submit your conference paper abstract for consideration


1. How long should papers be? 

Both in-person and online paper presentations should last between 15-20 minutes.  This will be allow 10 minutes for questions from the audience. 

2. When will I find out if my abstract/proposal has been successful? 

The conference organisers will reach out to all those who submit an abstract and bursary application with the outcome of their submission in January 2023.

3. How do I book on to the conference? 

Full details of the conference fees and registration process will be provided over the next few months via email announcements, the HSA website and the HSA Twitter account. 

4. What is the Valerie Karn prize? 

The Valerie Karn Prize is awarded each year to the best paper submitted by an early career researcher. To be considered for the prize, you must submit an abstract to present at the conference (either in-person or online) and follow this up with the submission of a lengthier paper of 3,000-6,000 words. This is an excellent opportunity to receive formal recognition of your work in the form of a prize. For full details, please see our Valerie Karn Prize webpage.  

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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