Housing Studies Association Annual Conference Bursary Scheme

With the continuing generous support of the Housing Studies Charitable Trust and direct funding from the Housing Studies Association, we are delighted once again to be able to offer a number of supported places at this year’s conference. 

Applications are encouraged from early career researchers, but we will consider other applications on the basis of need and merit. Bursaries are intended to support people who are unable to access funds from elsewhere. All applications will be assessed by a sub-committee of the HSA Executive Committee. 

The Housing Studies Association adopts a flexible view of what constitutes an Early Career Researcher (ECR). ECRs normally include all undergraduate and postgraduate 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).

In recent years the Association has increased the number of bursaries awarded. The increase in awards has reflected the strength of applicants and the Association’s commitment to supporting emerging researchers. We are particularly grateful to the Housing Studies Charitable Trust as it allows us to continue to encourage the future generation of housing researchers to integrate themselves into, and push the boundaries of, the existing pool of expertise.

Each of the bursaries will cover the full cost of conference fees, hotel accommodation and up to £100 travel costs to attend the conference. Unsuccessful candidates may also be placed on a reserve list for any unused places.

Alan Holmans and Andrew Thomas Awards

The two strongest applications will receive the additional honour of being awarded either the Alan Holmans Award or Andrew Thomas Award.

Alan Holmans was the creator and contributor of most of the significant housing statistics produced in Britain from the 1970s onwards. He published multiple monographs on the topics of housing needs, policy and finance throughout his career as both a civil servant and academic. To read more about Alan Holmans, click here

Alan Holmans biography

Andrew Thomas was a founding committee member of the HSA and was instrumental in setting up the Housing Studies journal. His interests centred on urban design, older housing, asset management and low cost homeownership. To learn more about Andrew’s career, click here

Andrew Thomas biography


The bursaries are intended to support individuals who would not otherwise be able to meet the fee and travel costs to attend the conference.

  • This may include early career housing scholars, those without a current affiliation to a University or housing organisation, or can demonstrate limited funding opportunities.
  • Applicants must also be members of the HSA; please visit the membership section of the website here for more details on becoming a member.


The award of a bursary will be conditional upon the recipient:

  • Demonstrating that they require financial assistance to attend the conference
  • Attending the full conference and presenting a paper
  • Ensuring they can meet any additional travel costs associated with attending the conference and, if travelling from outside the EU, that they have the necessary visa and legal status to visit the UK.
  • Writing a summary of their paper as a blog item on the HSA website

Successful applicants will be required to accept these conditions prior to an award being made. Travel costs (up to a maximum of £100) will be reimbursed after the conference on the production of receipts.

Bursary recipients are encouraged to consider developing their conference paper into an article for submission to an academic peer-reviewed journal and HSA Executive Committee members offer support to do this. Several previous bursary recipients have had their papers successfully published in the Housing Studies journal.

Application Process

Important: to qualify for a bursary, you must have also submitted a paper to present at the conference. 

A panel of HSA Executive Committee members will review the applications and determine the successful recipients. Applicants will be informed of decisions as soon as possible.

Two of the bursaries are provided by the Housing Studies Charitable Trust. These bursaries are named after individuals who made an outstanding contribution to Housing Studies. The two applicants with the strongest applications receive the memorial bursaries.

The Housing Studies Association (HSA) is committed to maximising the inclusion of all housing scholars, practitioners and policy makers in its activities, including conference attendance and scholarship. 

The bursary application process is now open. The deadline for submissions of bursary applications is the 19th January 2024. Applications will not be accepted after this date. 

Please send your completed application to the Bursaries Officer at [email protected]

HSA Bursary Application form

Recent Bursary Recipients


  • Anna Pearce (University of St Andrews)
  • Fiona Powell (University of Glasgow)
  • Setiamurti Rahardjo (University of Sheffield)
  • Sharda Rozena (University of Leicester)
  • Alan McCaskell (University of Stirling)
  • Danielle Butler (National Energy Action)
  • Molly Turrell (Sheffield Hallam University)
  • Robert Read (Anglia Ruskin University)
  • Rhiannon Craft (Cardiff University)
  • Fiona Long (Cardiff University)
  • Philippa Hughes (University of Sheffield)
  • Ceren Lordoglu (Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Turkey)
  • Yu-Tung Wu (University of Sheffield)
  • Rashid Maqbool (Northumbria University)

Previous Bursary Recipients


  • Fareza Mustapha (University of Cambridge)
  • Matthew Howell (University of Swansea)
  • Andrew Bailie (University of Oxford)
  • Danielle Butler (National Energy Action)
  • Fiona Powell (University of Glasgow)
  • Mary Mkoji (unaffiliated) 
  • Sadhana Jagannath (University of Surrey)
  • Fiona Long (University of Cardiff)
  • Azamat Chinaliev (University of Cardiff)
  • Jack Portman (London School of Economics)
  • Alexandra Ciocanel (University of Manchester)
  • Chilombo Musa (University of Cambridge)
  • Mengxing Ma (University of St Andrews)
  • Kriti Veerappan (unaffiliated)
  • Lily Brown (unaffiliated)


  • Danielle Butler (University of Salford)
  • Rachel Creaney (University of St Andrews)
  • Katie Colliver (Heriot Watt University)
  • Melissa Espinoza (Heriot Watt University) - Andy Thomas Award
  • Matt Howell (Cardiff University)
  • Minki Jeong (University of Sheffield)
  • Tim Packer (Heriot Watt University)
  • Peter Shanks (University of Birmingham) - Alan Holmans Award
  • Tom Simcock (Edgehill University)
  • Regina Serpa (University of Stirling)
  • Adam Stephenson (Heriot Watt University)
  • Phillipa Watkin (Heriot Watt University)
  • Dora Welker (Heriot Watt University)


  • Danielle Butler (University of Salford)
  • Rachel Creaney (University of St Andrews)
  • Edith England (Cardiff University)
  • Melissa Espinoza (Heriot Watt University)
  • Jennifer Galbraith (University of Stirling)
  • Aoife McCarthy (Cardiff University)
  • Thomas Simcock (Edge Hill University)
  • Ellie Suh (London School of Economics)
  • Abi Woodward (Sheffield Hallam University)
  • Christian Zielinski (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
  • Elizabeth O’Hara (University of East London / Walterton and Elgin Community Homes) – Andy Thomas Award
  • Hazel Dizon (York University, Canada) – Alan Holmans Award


  • Rachel Creaney (University of St Andrews)
  • Matt Howell (Cardiff University)
  • Simon Taylor (University of Cumbria)
  • Melissa Espinoza (Heriot Watt University)
  • Edith England (Cardiff University)
  • Dora Welker (Heriot Watt University)
  • Emma Bimpson (University of Leeds)
  • Niamh Costello (Housing Justice)
  • Regina Serpa (University of Stirling/Heriot Watt University) – Andy Thomas Award
  • Adam Stephenson (Homes for Haringey/Heriot Watt University) – Alan Holmans Award


  • Adam Stephenson (Heriot-Watt University)
  • Chris Devany (Sheffield Hallam University)
  • Emma Ormerod (University of Durham)
  • Julia Heslop (University of Durham)
  • Matt Howell (Cardiff University)
  • Philippa Watkin (Heriot-Watt University)
  • Regina Serpa (Heriot-Watt University)

Two of the bursaries are provided by the Housing Studies Charitable Trust. These bursaries are named after individuals who made an outstanding contribution to Housing Studies. The two applicants with the strongest applications receive the memorial bursaries. This year the recipients were:

  • Jellina Davies (University of Kent)
  • Glenn Lauren Moore (SOAS, University of London)


  • Anna Zsófia Bajomi (unaffiliated)
  • Anna Carnegie (University of York)
  • Nicholas Lynch (University of Oxford)
  • Janine McKenna (Scottish Federation of Housing Associations)
  • Tim Packer (Heriot-Watt University)
  • Maria Laura Ruiu (unaffiliated)
  • Regina Serpa (Heriot-Watt University)
  • Adam Stephenson (Heriot-Watt University)
  • Mohammad Usman (University of Cambridge)


  • Amy Beckett (University of Sheffield)
  • Jennifer Hoolachan (University of Stirling)
  • Charles Jarvis (University of Manchester)
  • Nurhidayahti Binte Mohammad Miharja (University of Edinburgh)
  • Helen Taylor (Cardiff University)
  • Mark Tsun on Wong (University of Edinburgh)


  • Philip Child (University of Exeter)
  • Yingyu Feng (University of Bristol)
  • Chris Foye (University of Reading)
  • Elena Mattioli (University of Bologna)
  • Alasdair Stewart (University of Stirling)
  • Dianne Theakstone (University of Stirling)


  • Nicholas Choy (Kings College London)
  • Abigail Gilbert (University of Manchester)
  • Joanne Jones (University of York)
  • Dianne Theakstone (University of Stirling)
  • Matthew Thompson (University of Manchester)
  • Min Wang (University of Glasgow and RENMIN University of China, Beijing)


  • Joe Crawford (unaffiliated)
  • Rachel Danemann (University of Stirling/South Hams District Council)
  • Richard Dunning (University of Sheffield)
  • John Erskine (No institutional affiliation)
  • Zhan McIntyre (South Ayrshire Council)
  • Zhihua Zhou (East Asian Institute, University of Singapore)


  • Janis Bright (Sheffield Hallam University)
  • Patricia Campbell (University of Glasgow)
  • Pat Jones (unaffiliated)
  • Carol McKenzie (unaffiliated)
  • Martin Whiteford (unaffiliated)
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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