University of St Andrews

CHR Researchers Present at HSA Conference

Tuesday 21 April 2015

Researchers from the Centre for Housing Research presented at the 2015 Housing Studies Association annual conference, which was held at the University of York 8-10 April.

Papers included:

Drs Tom Moore, Kim McKee and Adriana Soaita:  The Pursuit of Homeownership and the Importance of Family Support. This co-authored paper from the Mind the (Housing) Wealth Gap project highlighted intra-generational inequalities amongst young people based on the availability of family financial and in-kind support. This social cleavage was further exacerbated by the geographies of (un)affordability. 

Drs Adriana Soaita, Kim McKee, Beverley Searle and Tom Moore: Property-based Welfare and Vulnerability in the Private Rental Sector. The paper argues that the high diversity among both tenants’ housing pathways and landlords’ property strategies has created complex patterns of welfare and vulnerability across PRS which are permeated by insufficiently recognised class, geographical and generational inequalities.

Joe Crawford: The Twofold Truth of the Work of the Housing Professional. Joe’s paper applied a form of Frame Analysis to empirical interview data. Using this approach his presentation examined the ways in which objective and subjective perspectives on practice result in entirely outcomes in how professional roles are perceived.

Jenny Hoolachan: Place and Belonging in a Homeless Hostel: the role of alcohol and drugs” (awarded early-career bursary). Jenny’s paper argued that within a homeless hostel, substance use can be viewed as one way of facilitating a sense of belonging to the physical and social environment. This is within the context of living in a very controlled institutional setting where the ability to carve out personal, positive and meaningful places is limited.

Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs (awarded Valerie Karn Early Career Researcher Prize): “Home-ing in on Domestic Energy Research”. Domestic energy research is dominated by a techno-economic focus on the physical 'house' overlooking important social considerations of 'home' which shape energy demand.  Katherine’s paper argues we need to start asking more about 'what home is for' in order to develop effective energy and carbon reduction strategies.