Seventh European Research Conference
on Homelessness

"Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe"

European Research Conference
9am - 6pm, 21st September 2012
Centre for Housing Policy, University of York, York, UK

Organised by: FEANTSA’s European Observatory on Homelessness, the European Network for Housing Research Working Group on Welfare Policy, Homelessness and Social Exclusion and the Centre for Housing Policy at the University of York.


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Draft Programme

Keynote Speakers

  • Isobel Anderson is Professor at the University of Stirling, Scotland, UK. She is an expert on housing, inequality and social exclusion with a particular focus on homelessness, health & well-being, and international comparisons. Isobel is the founder and joint co-ordinator of the working group on Welfare Policy, Homelessness and Social Exclusion within the European Network for Housing Research.
  • Christophe André has been an economist at the OECD since 1997. His areas of interest are housing markets, housing finance, and the relation of impacts of housing price developments on various spheres in households’ strategies and public policy developments.
  • Nicholas Pleace (Centre for Housing Policy, University of York) represents the UK in the European Observatory on Homelessness and is one of the co-editors of the European Journal of Homelessness. His research and policy interests centre on housing exclusion, poverty and homelessness in the EU and internationally.
  • Nóra Teller (Metropolitan Research Institute, Budapest) has research interests including spatial processes of housing exclusion, homelessness, social housing systems in Central and East Europe, and housing conditions of the Roma in the region. She is one of the co-editors of the European Journal of Homelessness.

Speakers’ Biographies

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Speakers’ Presentations

Plenary Session
Nicholas Pleace and Nóra Teller: Social Housing Allocation and Homelessness
Isobel Anderson: Social Housing Allocation and Homelessness – A Response
Christophe André: Housing Policies: Better Targeting Those Most in Need

Seminar 1: Barriers to Housing
Joanne Bretherton, Caroline Hunter and Sarah Johnsen, UK: “You Can Judge them on how they Look….”: Homelessness Officers, Medical Evidence and Decision-Making
Maureen Crane and Tony Warnes, UK: The Influence of Housing and Neighbourhood Characteristics on Resettlement Outcomes for Single Homeless People
Mary Smith, Francesca Albanese and Jenna Truder, UK: Exploring the Private Rented Sector. Early Findings from the “Sustain the Private Rented Sector” Project

Seminar 2: Access to the Private Rental Market
Adam Stephenson, UK: Securing Resettlement for Single Homeless People in London’s Private Rented Sector
Pascal De Decker, BE: A Social Innovative Initiative to Invade the Private Rental Market: The Case of Social Rental Agencies in Belgium
Maarten Davelaar, NL: Making the Private Rental Sector Responsible – Some Lessons from Ghent (Belgium)

Seminar 3: Homelessness Pathways
Isobel Anderson, UK: Everyone is Deserving: The Significance of Scotland’s 2012 Housing Rights Commitment
Olga Theodorikakou et al, GR: Homelessness in Greece – 2012. An In-depth Research on Homelessness in the Financial Crisis
Mina Petrovic & Milena Timotijevic, Serbia: Homelessness and Housing Exclusion in Serbia

Seminar 4: Discourses of Homelessness
Anwen Jones, UK: Peer Landlords and ‘Supportive’ Shared Housing
Beth Watts, UK: Comparing Rights-based and Non Rights-based Approaches to Homelessness: a Comparison of Scotland and the Republic of Ireland
Michael Kolocek, DE: The Human Right to Adequate Housing in the 27 Member States of the European Union––A Discourse Analysis

Seminar 5: Innovative Local Projects
Andrea Szabó, HU: The ‘Back From The Streets’ Project- An Alternative Housing Led Approach in Hungary
Judith Wolf, NL: Housing First in Amsterdam
Cameron Parsell, AU: Addressing Rough Sleeping in Three Australian Cities: Social Housing, Private Rental and ‘Return to Home Communities’

Seminar 6: Housing First Projects in Europe
Håkan Källmén and Mats Blid, SE: Evaluation of Effects of Housing First
José Ornelas, PT: Casas Primeiro / Housing First in Lisbon
Lucie Martin and Sébastien Alexandre, BE: First Steps Towards Setting Up a Housing First Project in Brussels