ISA International Housing Conference

ISA International Housing Conference

A more detailed programme including workshop allocations can now be viewed here 

Conference Chair Welcome and Introduction    

On behalf of the Department of Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow, I am delighted to welcome conference delegates to Glasgow for this exciting and opportune meeting on the global diverse effects and responses to the credit crunch and housing sector downturn. We are also pleased to be hosting this conference in partnership with Research Committee 43 of the International Sociological Association (Housing and the Built Environment). 

The conference offers a full programme ranging from three plenary sessions featuring the perspectives of international academic experts, as well as an address by the Deputy First Minister of Scotland, Ms Nicola Sturgeon MSP. The conference also has a series of special sessions run by the Housing Studies Association, the Scottish Government, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and Glasgow Housing Association. The heart of the conference however will likely be the approximately parallel workshop sessions affording the opportunity for delegates to present their own research. I would draw delegates’ attention to the three special issues of relevant academic journals that are being prepared for the conference. We also have a doctoral session and study visits included in the programme, as well as a civic reception and, for those who wish to go, a conference dinner. 

Glasgow is an excellent location for the conference. Glasgow combines a famous industrial heritage with the capacity to re-make itself fit for the future. It is a culturally rich, vibrant night time city with a long history at the forefront of socio-economic and political change in Scotland and the UK. It is also a veritable laboratory, continuing to this day, of policy and practice responses to major housing, neighbourhood and urban restructuring. Lonely Planet has designated Glasgow as one of the best ten cities in the world – it is on the doorstep of Loch Lomond, a short train journey to Edinburgh, and is an excellent starting point for a longer stay be your interests in walking, culture, golf or just seeing more of the country. 2009 is also the Year of Homecoming, celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns with more than 300 events taking place across Scotland. 

The conference is located in the iconic Mitchell Library, a famous Glasgow landmark at the western side of the city centre. Still a working public and (massive) reference library, the complex also contains the Mitchell Theatre and extensive archive material on the city. 

We are very grateful to the many organisations that are supporting the conference, including all of those working on the above special sessions but also the Chartered Institute of Housing, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, Glasgow City
Council, Emerald and Taylor and Francis. We also recognise the assistance provided by the University of Glasgow and in particular the CSVO. 

I hope you have an excellent and rewarding time at the conference and if I or any of my colleagues can do anything to help you do so, please do get in touch directly or through the conference desk. 

Professor Kenneth Gibb
Conference Chair
Department of Urban Studies
University of Glasgow

Message from Dennis Keating, President ISA RC 43 Committee

Greetings and a warm welcome to the "Housing Assets, Housing People" conference. This is a meeting organized by Research Council 43 of the International Sociological Association (ISA). RC43 was established in 1990. Its objectives are: "To create an international community among scholars in the field of housing and the built environment: to promote the development of social science theory and research on housing and the built environment; to contribute to informed decisions regarding intervention in and invention of housing and the built environments supportive of human needs." If you are not a member already, please consider joining. RC43 produces a bi-annual HOUSING NOTES newsletter, edited by Claudia Macdonald. 

RC43 is interdisciplinary, not limited to sociologists. Its founding president was Elizabeth Huttman. I succeeded Willem van Vliet as President in 2006. Our board currently consists of members from Australia, Brazil, Canada, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. 

The last RC43 conference was in Toronto, Canada in June, 2004 on "Affordable Housing". RC43 participated in last September's ISA World Forum in Barcelona, Spain with a theme of "Housing and Inclusive Communities". RC43 will participate in the XVII ISA World Congress of Sociology 11-17 July, 2010 in Gothenberg, Sweden with a theme of "Housing Tenures: Alternatives and Issues". If you wish to participate, please submit a proposal to me no later than 8 December, 2009. This conference's theme reflects current concerns about the housing crises, especially related to financial problems that abound in the world and their impact. 

On behalf of RC43, I thank Ken Gibb and his staff at the Department of Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow for hosting us and doing a magnificent job in organizing the conference and also all of the sponsors who have contributed support. Enjoy your time in Glasgow. 

Dennis Keating
President, RC43
Department of Urban Studies, Cleveland State University Cleveland, Ohio, United States

The University of Glasgow's Department of Urban Studies is delighted to announce that it will host the 2009 ISA RC43 Housing conference. This conference was last held in Toronto in 2004 and will take place from 1-4 September 2009.

Glasgow is an apposite and exciting location for such an event. The city and its surrounding region has been the locus of successive housing policy interventions in response to housing and neighbourhood deprivation, most recently through the largest stock transfer of its council housing to a housing association with a major reinvestment and neighbourhood change programme. Glasgow is Scotland's largest city and is at the heart of the policy and institutional transformation underway since the devolution of government to Scotland in 1999. The city-region has undergone major economic and social change in recent years and is presently undertaking a massive regeneration of its waterfront area. The region is a major tourist destination, close to the West Highlands, Loch Lomond, 40 miles from Edinburgh and is culturally rich in museums, the evening economy and the best retail outside of London in the UK.

The University is the fourth oldest in the UK, established in 1451, and is ranked in the top 100 Universities in the world. A broad-based civic University, Glasgow has taken a long-standing interest in housing and urban questions, supporting ESRC Research Centres in housing and urban studies, and, since 1996, a Department of Urban Studies. Apart from its international multi-disciplinary research and teaching profile, the Department has hosted several successful international conferences in its own right, including the European Network for Housing Research, the European Real Estate Society and in 2007 the European Urban and Regional Association.

There will be further regular announcements about the conference in months to come including a call for participation and papers in 2008. If you would like to learn more about the conference, the host Department or Glasgow: please contact the conference chair, Professor Kenneth Gibb, at the Department of Urban Studies ( Alternatively, navigate and explore the different links and options on this website.

The event is being run with the following support:

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Last updated:  28 July 2009