More than 130 delegates attend new conference

More than 130 delegates attend new conference

More than 130 delegates attended the first Future of Social Housing Conference.

The conference took place at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Birmingham on Monday 6 June and brought together international experts, academic researchers, policy makers and housing professionals.

More than 30 experts from the likes of University of Birmingham, Campbell Tickell, HousingLIN and the Housing and Community Research Group led a series of talks and workshops examining everything from international perspectives on social housing to innovative alternatives and the future role of private rented housing.

Housing & Care 21’s head of strategic engagement, Vanessa Pritchard Wilkes, said: “This was an excellent event and bringing together the academic and professional worlds resulted in some very lively discussion and debate.

“At a time of unprecedented challenge and pressure on the sector academic research could add real value in deepening our understanding of the changing landscape and the work providers will have to do to meet these challenges.

“We’re delighted this event, in partnership with University of Birmingham; one of the leading institutions for housing research, was such a success."

James Gregory, senior research fellow within the University of Birmingham’s Housing and Communities Research Group, said: “This is a time of great change for social housing. There are certainly massive challenges for the sector, and we may need to rethink some of our fundamental assumptions about what social housing is for as well as how we are to provide it, but it is too easy to just talk about the 'end of social housing'. We need to be thinking about positive solutions instead - and we hope this conference has helped move this type of discussion forward."

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