Abstract Submissions


ENHR 2016 Abstract Submission Guidelines

Abstract Submission is closed for ENHR 2016

Bengt Turner Award Final Paper Submissions: Deadline Friday 3rd June (No extension allowed)

Non-Bengt Turner Award Final Paper Submissions: EXTENSION to deadline UNTIL FRIDAY 10TH JUNE

Abstract submissions are welcome for consideration for the The European Network for Housing Research Conference which will be held in Belfast on the 28th June – 1st July 2016. This meeting represents an excellent opportunity to present original research, unique reports as well as quality improvement projects.

Submission Process

The abstract submission process for ENHR 2016 will have two steps:
Step 1: Submit an abstract for review according to the guidelines set out.
Step 2: If the abstract is accepted (providing there are no revisions) a full paper must be submitted.

Important Dates:

Presentation Format

All accepted abstracts will be given an oral presentation within the final conference programme.

Bengt Turner Award

The aims of the Bengt Turner Award are to encourage new researchers to write research papers on housing and urban issues linked to the topics of the European Network for Housing Research (ENHR) Working Groups, to increase awareness of ENHR, and to keep alive the memory of Bengt Turner. Please indicate on the abstract submission site if you wish for your paper to be considered for this award. Further details and submission criteria can be found HERE

Working Group Theme

Abstracts must be submitted under the following themes which corresponds to an ENHR Working Group.


Collaborative Housing
Theme of the workshop will be “The re-emergence of collaborative housing: Towards a new research agenda

Disability and Housing
The disability and housing working group aim to emphasise the value of user perspectives and lived experiences of disablement, in order to shape future policies and services. Accessible housing is more than the physical construction of properties. We seek to raise awareness of the ways that independent living can be supported by user-controlled services, accessible public transport, assistive technologies and innovative research methods.

Disadvantaged Urban Neighbourhoods and Communities
Disadvantaged Urban Neighbourhoods and Communities is the new name for the Poverty Neighbourhoods workshop. The group invites papers which will focus on urban neighbourhoods and local communities examining the social mechanisms behind and implications of concentrated poverty and deprivation, segregation between various socio-economic groups, and broader social inequalities between residents.  We welcome both quantitative and qualitative research in these areas

East European Housing & Urban Policy
This workshop will create a productive exchange of different views on housing reforms in cities of the region. This will be an opportunity to contribute to the global dialogue preceding HABITAT III—the global summit on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development organised by the United Nations. Researchers are encouraged to present papers on a variety of topics such as comparative evaluation of housing policy reforms, new forms of social housing, house price dynamics, new strategies for neighbourhood improvement in cities across the region and the effects of the economic crises on housing systems. We are going to work on special issue journal publications that highlight reform trajectories of housing systems in Eastern Europe.

Energy Efficiency and Environmental Sustainability of Housing
The workshop’s scope is housing production, renovation, maintenance and new building concepts related to environmental sustainability, energy efficiency, energy consumption, energy behaviour, building sustainability assessment methods and tools, LCA, LCC, performance assessment, actual energy use, indoor air quality, regulatory, policies and practices in relation to these issues and theoretical and methodological issues associated with research.

Housing & Living Conditions of Ageing Populations
This workshop welcomes abstracts on issues that are related to older people’s housing and living conditions

Housing and Family Dynamics
The Housing and Family Dynamics Working Group focuses on how families interact with the housing system. We are interested in how family dynamics shape and are affected by housing conditions, housing transitions and long-term housing careers. We also aim to better understand how and why the links between families and housing vary across housing markets, between countries and over time.
Current working group research examines, but is not limited to, the following themes:
A. Families and housing transitions

This strand considers how demographic events (such as leaving the parental home, fertility, or partnership formation and dissolution) are linked to housing transitions and the housing market context. We also examine the links between housing choices and the spatial location of family members.

B. Family backgrounds, domestic living arrangements and long-term housing pathways

Family attributes and experiences are known to configure housing careers. This could be through the transmission of particular preferences (for example for rural rather than urban living), or through intergenerational wealth transfers (for instance to support first-time homeownership). We are also interested in how family relationships support and are in turn affected by the housing transitions and housing conditions (for example dwelling space, quality, location or tenure) people experience over the life course.

Housing and Urban Sustainability
This workshop aims to focus on papers dealing with holistic approaches to sustainability, that is considering social, environmental and economic as well as cultural implications. We would like to invite cutting edge theoretical research, applied and/or comparative work, policy analysis  and  prospects for future developments on the topic of housing and urban sustainability.

Housing Economics
The Housing Economics group welcome papers on any topics researchers feeling home under the heading Housing Economics currently are working on.

Housing Finance
The 27th Housing Finance and Regulation workshop  (co-chaired by Andreja Cirman, Jens Lunde and Christine Whitehead)  welcomes contributions from participants on all aspects of housing finance and regulation.  Themes might include the way that national mortgage markets have developed since the global financial crisis and related issues around mortgage products and credit ratings; the regulation of mortgage markets ; the role of government guarantees; the impact of changing taxation and subsidy arrangements on different tenures; and innovative ways of funding affordable housing whether rented or owned. We particularly welcome new ideas and  themes within the general context of finance both private and public and the regulation of housing markets of all types. One possible area of interest at the present time –  where it might be worth thinking about carrying on our tradition of joint work – relates to the declining proportion of owner-occupation in many European countries and the associated rise in pressures to develop the privately rented sector. We are already starting to  collect comparative data on how national taxation and subsidy  regimes are changing.  We hope to discuss  how we might take this, or other themes , forward together at the workshop. WE also hope to run at least one session jointly with the Private Rented Sector workshop.  We look forward to receiving your abstracts.

Housing in Developing Countries
Half the world’s population lives in urban areas. Future population growth (more than 80 per cent of it in urban areas) will be concentrated in developing countries. Yet the growth of urbanisation in the developing world is not matched by a commensurate growth in the supply of decent housing, or by the reduction of inequality.  The shortcomings of policy, lack of political will, limitations of housing finance, poor land management in urban areas, lack of security of tenure, and lack of infrastructure and services are just some of the issues that confront citizens and policy-makers in developing countries, and are strong themes for research, analysis and action.
Preparations for the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador in September 2016, with its focus on Rethinking the Urban Agenda, provide an impetus for securing renewed political commitment to sustainable urban development and the place of housing within it.
The Housing in Developing Countries Working Group invites researchers who share the fields of interest described above, and especially those that relate to the new Urban Agenda of UN Habitat III and to the ENHR Belfast Conference theme of Governance, Territory and Housing, to submit papers.

Housing Law
The Housing Law Working Group aims is to promote dialogue and European research on the importance of law, rights and regulation in all aspects of housing, land and planning.We seek to promote the exchange of views, share research findings and promote debate and publishing in all areas which touch on housing law.

Housing Market Dynamics
This is a well-established Workshop, whose focus in 2016, is on societies experiencing a large-scale influx of asylum seekers and refugees. We would particularly welcome papers, from all disciplines, which address the impact on housing markets, including their ability to respond, and the consequences for the balance between supply and demand. Papers dealing with theoretical and methodological approaches; past and present policy interventions and consumer perspectives are all invited.
We would also welcome papers relating to the general theme of the workshop, including returning papers which enable a review of progress from previous sessions.
This is a highly participative workshop, and all colleagues – at whatever stage of their work – are warmly welcomed to join us.

Housing Regeneration and Maintenance
The workshop is broadly dedicated to the physical aspects of redesign, redevelopment, maintenance and management of existing housing on various levels of scale. Two topics are of special interest.
The first topic is related to what seems to be the end of restructuring. Restructuring was generally legitimised as a means to deconcentrate urban poverty and to create mixed-income neighbourhoods. Although the global financial crisis seems to come to an end, there are no indications that this form of urban renewal will return to its former extent. It can be questioned if the remaining, mostly small-scale interventions in the non-profit rental housing stock are sufficient to follow the dynamics in housing demand and to prevent obsolescence.
The second topic is related to the sustainable transformation and management of the housing stock. This constitutes an extensive societal challenge and is of great importance for the limitation of the environmental burden caused by society. However, it is often hampered by physical characteristics of the existing building structures, a lack of knowledge about innovative approaches, a weak sense of urgency and other organisational and institutional barriers. This workshop welcomes papers about research, practices and new models of governance to enhance the environmental performance of the existing housing stock.

Land Markets and Housing Policy
This working group addresses land markets for housing. We welcome contributions assessing the workings of land markets in relation to housing, as well as the nature of, and the effect of regulations and interventions. Land is required for renewal and expansion of the housing stock, and apart from the price and amenities of this land, its location will largely determine the ‘geography of opportunity’ of future tenants and buyers and their chances of social inclusion in urban society. Resulting from the interplay between market forces and national policies for housing, spatial planning and land use, the way land for housing is being provided varies largely across countries. This working group addresses models in which land is made available for housing and discuss commonalties and divergences across countries. Sometimes policies evoking clashes with EU rules of the common market. International comparison and exchange may bring up suggestions for improving some of these national policies and practices. And – wherever such rules apply – it may help to find an effective balance between national land-related policies supporting social and affordable housing and the EU rules on State support and fair competition.

Metropolitan Dynamics: Urban Change, Markets and Governance
The dynamics of housing development and change may be best understood and managed at a functional urban region scale, most notably in metropolitan regions associated with major cities. Yet this metropolitan scale is often weak or absent, both in planning and in governance sense. In many countries metropolitan-scale dynamics means urban sprawl and unsustainability, affordability and access problems, segregation or fiscal imbalances. A widespread failure to match housing supply and demand in terms of location, quantity or type is also quite unusual. Yet the housing and ‘place’ offer of city-regions is increasingly recognised as being crucial to future economic growth in a competitive world.  This working group, perhaps the most urban and spatial of all the ENHR working groups, addresses metropolitan-scale change processes involving housing, spatial change and movement, market interactions and the governance and planning processes applying across metropolitan regions. For the Metropolitan Dynamics Workshop at the Belfast conference we invite papers which address the housing aspects of metropolitan dynamics.  Besides papers with focus on a particular country or city-region, comparative perspectives as well as more theoretically-based contributions are also welcome. We will also consider papers addressing other spatial aspects of housing processes in urban areas. Depending on the outcome we would consider the possibility to prepare and present a book proposal to a suitable publisher.

Migration, Residential Mobility & Housing Policy
Papers are welcome on a broad range of topics related to the causes and consequences of residential mobility and migration, including changing patterns of socio-economic and ethnic segregation and neighbourhood effects. We have a particular interest in neighbourhood change and the neighbourhood histories of individuals. Methodologically methods such as GIS/Spatial modelling, event-history analysis and multilevel modelling have become prominent in the workshop, however we encourage those using qualitative methods also to participate as we attach great value to case study and ethnographic work as well as research that combines both approaches in a mixed methods setting.

Minority Ethnic Groups and Housing
The central theme(s) of the Working Group are (a) Housing conditions, housing preferences and residential mobility of minority ethnic groups, (b) Concentration and segregation of minority ethnic groups, and (c) Living in multicultural neighbourhoods.  We welcome papers that fit in these themes. Next to that, we look forward to papers that deal with the consequences of the increased inflow of refugees and asylum seekers. Relevant research questions with respect to this inflow could be: How can the housing situation of refugees (in terms of both dwelling and location characteristics) be characterised? What are the effects on other housing seekers? How can the social relations in and around asylum centres be described? How can xenophobic reactions be explained and addressed?

Private Rented Markets
The working group will accept papers on all aspects of private rented markets. In line with the theme of this year’s conference, we are particularly seeking papers that explore the role of State, institutions and non-governmental bodies in managing and overseeing the private rented sector (PRS); the location, fragmentation and concentration of private rented housing; and the relative position of the PRS in relation to other housing tenures. Previous themes will be expanded upon such as the role of the PRS in providing for affordable accommodation for low income groups, the emergence of private rented markets within an enlarged Europe, its place in the face of more restricted access to homeownership and social housing, and security and instability in the PRS after the Global Financial Crisis. In previous years, the working group has discussed comparative regulatory frameworks, investment models, tenant satisfaction, immigrant communities within the PRS, and the role of the PRS in homeless provision.

Residential Buildings and Architectural Design
We welcome papers developing the following topics:

  • The analysis of different ways of governance used in the design of residential buildings or their adaptation and transformation
  • The analysis of development processes that help the buildings to be more open and flexible for change of use
  • The incorporation of local people or prospective inhabitants in the design process
  • The Open Building concept in the design and maintenance process of residential buildings
  • The role of place and its history on new development or its adaptation
  • The analysis of public space from the perspective of its governance and potential territorial conflicts

Dwelling as a reflection of diverse territorial needs of its inhabitants

Residential Context of Health
Papers suitable for this workshop would fit with a variety of broad themes, such as the effect of physical housing variables on mental and physical health; the role of behavioural  social, and cultural factors in shaping relations between housing and health; the ways in which housing policy can be coordinated with other social welfare policies to more effectively pursue public health objectives; universal design and other strategies for mitigating effects of individual’s functional limitations in the residential context; the delivery of health care services in the home; and gardens, nearby parks and urban green spaces as health resources.

Residential Environments and People
It is now generally acknowledged that people and the residential environments in which they live are mutually related. Residential environments are designed to afford many functions and meanings to the people who inhabit them. At the same time people use, modify and create functions in the environments in which they live through their everyday live. It is also recognized that different mechanisms are linking people and their environments. In the housing literature mechanisms such as perception, cognition, meaning, affect, evaluation, and behavior, among others, have been mentioned. For the workshop papers are invited that address one or more of the mechanisms that link people and residential environments.

Social Housing: Institutions, Organisations and Governance
The overall objective of the working group is to explore and develop concepts for analysing institutional and organisational change and dynamics in social housing provision. We welcome papers that connect the social housing organizations, institutions and governance domain with other housing themes, for example papers that explore the relation between housing provision and social inclusion, the impact of new funding models on social housing institutions and governance, and the relationship between research and housing policies

Southern European Housing
The Southern European Housing Working Group (SEH WG) calls for the submission of abstracts for the ENHR 2016 Conference in Belfast, which takes place from June 28 to July 1, 2016. For the second edition of the SEH Working Group no specific topic is provided, the main objective being the further consolidation of housing research in and on Southern European countries, which is under-represented internationally without question.

Of course, highly topical issues such as the economic crisis as well as the recent political changes in Greece, Portugal and Spain are of particular interest for the WG. Furthermore, comparative studies are welcome.

Welfare Policy, Homelessness, and Social Exclusion
The WELPHASE workshop focuses on welfare and social policy dimensions of housing and social exclusion, with a particular emphasis on homelessness.

Submission Guidelines and Templates:

Please adhere to the following formatting guidelines when preparing abstracts/papers for submission for ENHR 2016. Abstracts/papers not formatted to the following standards will not be accepted.

Abstract Guidelines:

Please click on the link below to see a template abstract layout that you need to use when you create your abstract. Save it as a word file to upload on the online submission portal. No format other than word will be accepted. Abstract word limit is 250, this does not include your title and authors and their affiliations. All abstracts must follow this layout and format.

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Full Paper Guidelines:

Please click on the link below to see a template abstract layout that you need to use when you create your full paper and save it as a word file to upload on the online submission portal. All abstracts must follow this layout and format.

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How to submit an abstract

Once you enter the online submission portal, start by creating an Account. You can then add your contact details and submit your abstract in the ‘Abstract Submission’ section in the system.


Please note that you can save your submission as a draft and return to edit the submission, but once it has been submitted the abstract cannot be edited. If you require edits to be made please contact enhr2016abstracts@conferencepartners.ie

Notification will be sent to authors in May 2016. If Authors are successful, they are requested to submit a full paper by 10 June 2016.

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