The HSA is delighted to announce that the winner of the 2020 Valerie Karn Prize is Lynne McMordie from Heriot-Watt University. A huge congratulations to Lynne! Lynne's paper is titled 'Avoidance strategies: stress, appraisal and coping in hostel accommodation' and after submission for the prize, was developed for publication in Housing Studies. You can read the published paper here.

The Valerie Karn prize is awarded each year to an Early Career Researcher who has submitted a full paper which is judged by a sub-panel made up of HSA committee members. Papers are judged according to specified criteria including: 

  • Writing style/clarity
  • Engagement with literature and theory
  • Methods
  • Empirical rigor/theoretical depth
  • Strength of conclusions
  • Contribution to knowledge weighted to policy/practice relevance
  • Contribution to knowledge in relation to Valerie’s broad research interests (race and housing, housing standards and conditions, homelessness, housing management and governance, comparative housing research).

The prize involves a £100 Waterstone's gift card and certificate and this is presented each year at the HSA annual conference. All Early Career Researchers who are HSA members are welcome and encouraged to submit a paper for consideration for the prize so if you are reading this and interested in applying for 2021 then have a look at our website for more information.

Once again, we would like to extend our biggest congratulations to our 2020 prize-winner Lynne McMordie!

Best wishes

The HSA Executive Committee

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