HSA Autumn Lecture 2017
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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.
Our speakers will reflect on these themes at our Autumn Lecture, and we hope you will be able to join us.