New event unites academics and professionals

New event unites academics and professionals

We've joining forces with the University of Birmingham to host a new conference aimed at bringing together housing professionals and academics to discuss the future of the sector.

The Future of Social Housing Conference will take place at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Birmingham on Monday 6 June and will bring together around 200 delegates including 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 will lead 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: “The Future of Social Housing Conference is all about bringing together the academic with the professional.

“The housing sector still tends to be very inward-looking, yet there is extremely valuable research being done by academic organisations and individuals to gather crucial data and perspectives.

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

“We’re delighted to be working with the University of Birmingham; one of the leading institutions for housing research, to host an event which will offer alternative perspectives and bring together housing experts from a host of disciplines.

“The event is open to anyone with an interest in housing; professionals, academics, students or individuals with a general interest in the sector. It will be interactive and we want delegates to have the chance to take part in lively debates and workshops.”

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 will help move this type of discussion forward.”

The Future of Social Housing Conference will take place at The ICC in Birmingham on Monday 6 June and tickets are just £50. A limited number of concessionary tickets are also available.

You can book your tickets online. For more information please call Narinder Kaur on 0370 192 4000 or email


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