Reconceptualizing Housing Tenure virtual seminar, hosted by University of Stirling 19th and 20th August (PM): ECR competition.

An announcement of a competition for a delegate place at this invitation only event.    


This competition is open to all Early Career Researcher (ECR) members of the Housing Studies Association.  Non-members can join the HSA by clicking here.

On August 19th and 20th 2020, a seminar jointly funded by the Housing Studies Association/Housing Studies Charitable Trust is being hosted virtually by the University of Stirling.  The event is on the topic of Reconceptualizing Housing Tenure and has been organised jointly by Kim McKee (University of Stirling), Craig Gurney (University of Glasgow) and Jenny Hoolachan (Cardiff University) as a direct response to Alan Murie’s recent blog post on the Housing Studies Association website which you can read here. 

This is the second and final seminar in this series, and follows on from an earlier event at Cardiff University in December 2019. You can read two blogs written about this event here and here.

Murie (in his original blog) argues that our conceptual and theoretical ideas about housing tenure have failed to keep pace with the proliferation of varied bundles of property rights which accompany an increasingly differentiated multi-tenure UK housing system.  This seminar will discuss these key themes in depth, informed by current research and thinking in the field.

The seminar has been kept deliberately small to facilitate participation and discussion amongst experts in the room but there are still two places remaining.  Two places have been reserved for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) with an interest in this topic.  Applications are invited in the form of an essay to be submitted by Noon (GMT) on Friday 10th July 2020 (submission guidelines are outlined below).   For the purposes of this competition ECRs include 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).

Submission Guidelines

The submission should take the form of a short essay which describes and explains how attendance at the seminar will benefit your career development and what insights you will be able to bring to the discussion.  You may wish to make reference to the blogs already written by Prof. Murie, and from the first Cardiff seminar, which discuss in more detail the key concepts and ideas underpinning this seminar series.

Essays should be 1000 words in length and submitted by 12:00 Noon on Friday 10th July 2020 to Kim McKee ([email protected]) and Craig Gurney ([email protected]).  Winners will be notified by Friday 17th July, and receive full details of the programme and instructions on how to join the virtual seminar.

Along with your essay please indicate in your submission which of the following ECR criteria you meet and provide a brief explanation or description to justify your response:

  • Masters students, Doctoral students
  • Less than four years full-time equivalent research experience in an academic role with (e.g. postdoctoral researchers within 4 years of PhD completion).
  • Less than four years in a non-academic role where research is only part of your role

The judging panel (Craig Gurney, Jenny Hoolachan and Kim McKee) will assess entries against the following criteria:

  • Writing style/clarity
  • Engagement with key ideas and debates 
  • Timeliness of this opportunity for your career
  • Potential contribution to the seminar

If you have any questions about this competition please contact Kim McKee ([email protected]), Craig Gurney ([email protected]) or Jenny Hoolachan ([email protected]). We look forward to hearing from you.

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