*‘The Precariousness of Housing: (in)equality, (in)security, (in)stability and the* *growing financialisation of the housing system’* *University of York, UK, Wednesday 5**th **– Friday 7**th **April 2017* Papers are invited for the Housing Studies Association’s 2017 conference. The conference offers a welcoming platform for academics and practitioners from a wide range of topics and disciplines, including housing, sociology, economics, planning, critical geography, social policy and criminology. During the past decade, the UK has witnessed the inexorable rise of housing as an economic good and with it a growing abandonment of the conceptual meaning of housing as a social good (Rolnik 2013). This growing financialisation of our housing system and the regard for using housing as a key vehicle for wealth generation has brought with it profound changes to conventional beliefs on people’s rights and other social duties. Security of tenure and generational stability are iminishing features of our housing system and there is a growing separation between what has been traditionally seen as a right ‘to establish a home’ and the contemporary focus on people merely having the right ‘to be sheltered’. This HSA conference provides the opportunity to discuss and debate these themes, critically exploring the confluence of housing mobility with economic mobility, and the extent of its variation, not least from devolutionary changes within the UK and pressures beyond. Confirmed speakers include: - Professor David Madden, *London School of Economics* - Professor Nick Gallent, *University College London* - Shelagh Grant, Chief Executive, *The Housing Forum* - Oliver Wainwright, Journalist, *The Guardian* Papers from academics and practitioners related to the conference themes are welcomed, along with those addressing other aspects of housing policy, practice or theory. Submissions (a title and 200 word abstract) should be emailed to Sarah Payne ([log in to unmask]) by Friday 13th January 2017. (Please note that the organisers reserve the right to edit abstracts that exceed the 200-word limit). An Early Career stream will run in parallel with the main conference. Abstracts for this stream (also 200 words max) should be sent to Richard Dunning and Ryan Powell ([log in to unmask]) by Friday 13th January 2017. Early Career delegates will be invited to submit a written paper to be considered for the Valerie Karn Memorial Prize. A number of bursaries, jointly funded by the HSA and Housing Studies Charitable Trust, are available providing financial support for attending the conference. For further details see the HSA website: www.housing-studies-association.org -- Ryan Powell Reader in Urban Studies Department of Urban Studies and Planning University of Sheffield Western Bank Sheffield S10 2TN http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/usp Tel: +44 (0)114 222 6182 *NEW PUBLICATIONS:* Powell, R. (2016) Roma and social integration: childhood, habitus and the "We-I balance" <http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/105269/>, *Historical Social Research.* Powell, R. and Lever, J. (2016) Europe’s perennial “outsiders”: Roma stigmatization and ghettoization <http://csi.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/07/24/0011392115594213.full.pdf+html> , *Current Sociology.* Crisp, R. and Powell, R. (2016) A critique of ‘employability’ as a tool for understanding youth unemployment <http://usj.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/03/24/0042098016637567.full.pdf?ijkey=1CkszRYUxBbHvYD&keytype=finite> , *Urban Studies.* Cole, I., Powell, R. and Sanderson, E. (2016) Putting the squeeze on "Generation Rent": transitions, marginality and stigmatisation <http://www.socresonline.org.uk/21/2/9.html>, *Sociological Research Online.* *NEW REPORT:* Rae *et al. *(2016) Overcoming deprivation and disconnection in UK cities <https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/overcoming-deprivation-and-disconnection-uk-cities>. JRF.