Housing Theory and Society

Special Issue Call for Papers


‘Resilience’ in housing theory and research: Meme, ruse, camouflage or concept?


Guest Editors:

Libby Porter (RMIT), Wendy Stone (Swinburne University), and Wendy Steele (RMIT)


Call for Papers

This special issue will seek to shape how a housing theory / studies interest in resilience might productively unfold. Given the critical debates and perspectives already developed around the notion of ‘resilience’, this is a call for papers that explicitly engage with the possibilities and pitfalls of this contested term for housing studies. A critically informed, multi-disciplinary, and multi-scalar interrogation of ‘resilience for housing theory’ is timely and addresses a current gap in the housing studies literature.


Perhaps the buzzword of our times, ‘resilience’ has captured the intellectual imagination of many and the critical ire of others across a range of disciplinary fields. As yet, however, there has been little explicit critical engagement with the term ‘resilience’ for the housing field. Given the role that housing plays as a key node in the social network linking everyday lives, states, societies, cities, and environments there suggests there may be real insights to be drawn from an approach to housing theory that takes resilience seriously, but critically. Key questions underpinning this special issue include: 


·         How is resilience thinking deployed within housing theory and practice and what are the opportunities and challenges inherent in this?

·         How does resilience work to redress and/or reinforce existing housing fault lines, institutional and governance regimes, or socio-spatial/environmental inequities; and 

·         In what ways does resilience thinking provide opportunities for a more progressive housing politics?


Submission Process:

The editors welcome contributions from social science scholars researching in or around the areas set out above. The call is open to academics from all social science disciplines (i.e. sociology, economics, geography and anthropology as well as political and policy sciences).

All abstracts for proposed papers should be submitted by Friday 27th November to the guest editors via Libby Porter (libby.porter@rmit.edu.au).

The deadline for full paper submission is 26th February 2016

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