Housing Studies Association Conference 2022 – Disruption and innovation in housing: working across boundaries in theory, research and practice.

The HSA 2022 Annual Conference, the premier forum for the presentation of advances and research in housing theory and practice, will be returning as a hybrid conference. With face-to-face sessions in Sheffield between the 4th and 6th April 2022, and online sessions between March 28th and April 15th.

We are pleased to announce the opening of our call for papers for the 2022 conference, which is titled Disruption and innovation in housing: working across boundaries in theory, research, and practice.

Conference theme

Housing issues around the globe are multi-faceted, diverse, and complex. These issues are interweaved with broader societal, economic, and political changes, disruptions, and challenges. Solving these problems requires academics, practitioners, and communities to work together across disciplinary and professional boundaries. 

This conference explores housing issues from different perspectives and research areas. It further considers our interconnected approach to housing studies, which draws links between teaching, research and practice, and connections between academics, practitioners, and communities, whilst working across disciplines and national contexts.

There has been a resurgence of interest in housing as a basis from which to understand our interconnected and evolving society. This conference offers an opportunity to engage in broader discussions including (but not limited to):

  • the approaches to conceptualising ‘home’,
  • the relationship between our housing and neighbourhoods, and our physical and psychological health
  • housing activism and politics,
  • intersectional inequalities in access to safe and secure housing,
  • housing economics,
  • global and cross-sectional responses to housing crises,
  • housing, migration, and communities,
  • the management and governance of housing providers,
  • urban change and dynamics in housing systems,
  • fuel poverty and climate change,
  • the design and quality of residential buildings, and
  • homelessness, housing, and welfare policy.

The conference further provides the chance to bring new theories from other disciplines and innovative methods to the study of housing.

We warmly welcome contributions from within and outside academia, and from all disciplinary backgrounds, including architecture, business, criminology, economics, geography, planning, psychology, social policy, socio-legal studies, sociology, technology, and others. We welcome papers from UK-based and international researchers that consider both single country and comparative approaches.

Paper submissions have now closed. We are currently reviewing papers that have been submitted and we anticipate providing feedback by the 4th February 2022. 

FAQ on conference papers

1. Can I present in-person or online? 

The conference will have both in-person presentations in Sheffield and a small number of online sessions the week before and after the conference. We will have the ability to have a small number of online presentations during the in-person conference. If you are planning on attending the in-person sessions, we would ask that you present in person, to enable others who may not be able to attend in-person the opportunity to present online. 

2. Will the presentations be pre-recorded?

For this conference, all presentations will be “live” and not pre-recorded. However, we will be recording the plenary sessions and a number of the other sessions to enable access after the conference. 

3. How long should the presentation/paper be?

We anticipate paper presentations to last between 15-20 minutes with 5-10 minutes of questions from the audience. 

4. Do I have to write a conference paper to present?

Only ECRs who wish to be considered for the Valerie Karn prize need to write a conference paper and submit this as part of their application. If you would like to write a paper and ask for feedback from attendees, we can help to promote the paper to attendees on our conference platform.

Any other questions? Email our friendly conference organisers

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