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The Housing Quality Network (HQN) is pleased to announce it is the sponsor of the Housing Studies Association Autumn Lecture 2017 in Sheffield next month.
This year's speakers are Professor Kenneth Gibb, University of Glasgow and Director of the Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence, and Lord Bob Kerslake, Chair of Peabody and Chair of the Board of Governors, Sheffield Hallam University.
The UK faces an urgent housing challenge. Major housing transformations seen over the 20th century have been thrown into reverse. Home ownership has slumped in younger and middle aged groups, and the insecure private rented sector has grown rapidly as the social rented sector continues to shrink.
The emergence of supply shortages in parts of the UK is linked to problems of access, affordability, rising homelessness and expensive demand-side subsidies. Housing is also associated with new challenges such as climate change and fuel poverty, whilst financialisation has strengthened housing’s relationship with the macro-economy. The ongoing impacts of the Global Financial Crisis are now being negotiated alongside the uncertain impacts of Brexit. Most recently, the tragic events at Grenfell Tower in June have demonstrated in the starkest possible terms the failings of contemporary housing policy.
These challenges are radically differentiated across polarised and segmented housing markets and divergent, fragmented and sometimes incoherent national and local policy contexts. Within this already highly complex and shifting picture, the behaviour and choices of multiple interacting housing actors – politicians, policy makers, practitioners and individual households – have profound, but hard to predict, consequences for individuals, communities and society. This dynamism and uncertainty presents challenges for researchers, policy makers and practitioners in making sense of housing challenges and intervening effectively to address them.
Finding rational policy interventions, properly informed by an accurate understanding of evidence, that secure socially just housing outcomes in this uncertain context is the fundamental task facing those involved in the UK housing sector.
Professor Gibb and Lord Kerslake will reflect on these themes at the HSA Autumn Lecture.
Time/Date: Wednesday 25 October 2017, 2.30pm-4.30pm followed by a drinks reception .
Location: Firth Court Council Room, the University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN.
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