*‘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

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:

Ryan Powell
Reader in Urban Studies
Department of Urban Studies and Planning
University of Sheffield
Western Bank
Sheffield S10 2TN
Tel: +44 (0)114 222 6182


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