Seminar 1: Sheffield, 7-8 March 2013
Localism & the Big Society – what do they mean for housing studies?
Convened by: Prof. John Flint & Dr Ed Ferrari, University of Sheffield
Venue: ICOSS, 219 Portobello, Sheffield, S1 4DP
This event was run with support from the Research Exchange for the Social Sciences (RESS) at the University of Sheffield. The final report from this seminar is available from the Publications page.
This seminar explored the implications of concepts of localism and big society for housing policy, practice and research. Key questions for this seminar included:
- What’s new about the ‘big society’ and ‘localism’?
- What problems and opportunities do the ‘big society’ and ‘localism’ offer for housing policy?
- What are – and should be – the respective roles of the public, private and third sectors in housing-related service provision? Where do communities fit in? What should be the role and agenda of housing scholars?
- To what extent can the ideals of the ‘big society’ (and localism) be realised in, and reconciled with, austerity and cuts?
This seminar was held in March 2013. A report on the seminar’s proceedings can be found on our Publications page.
You can view the programme for the event in PDF format here: Programme for ‘Localism and the Big Society: what do they mean for housing studies?‘
The following papers were presented at the conference. Where presentations and papers are available for download, this is indicated and they are available in either MS Word, PDF or Powerpoint. If you have difficulty with the downloads please contact Dr Tom Moore. Please note that permission to cite this material should be obtained directly from individual authors.
Thursday 7 March 2013
Session 1: The Origins and Implications of the Big Society
Session 2: Conceptualising the Big Society
Session 3: Reframing policy through the Big Society
David Mullins (University of Birmingham): Putting the Social back into Housing: Learning through Localism? PRESENTATION
Vidhya Alakeson (Resolution Foundation): A Time for Innovation? Developing new housing policy mechanisms PRESENTATION
Friday 9 March 2013
Session 4: Implications for Policy, Practice and Housing Studies
Grainia Long (Chartered Institute of Housing): The Big Society and the housing profession. PRESENTATION
Session 5: Delivering Housing and Community Services in the Big Society and Austerity Era:
Implications for Front Line Services: a panel discussion with Paul Broadbent (Former Assistant Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police and Chief Executive of the Gangmasters Licencing Authority) PRESENTATION
Session 6: Implications for Localism
Mike Raco (University College London): Managerial Utopias, Welfare Reform, and Disruptive Democracy: Rethinking the Big Society. PRESENTATION