The Housing and Communities Research Network is a unique opportunity for students and staff of the University to meet with professionals and policy makers in the housing and communities sector to discuss research based presentations. It is held monthly on Mondays at 4.30 and after the formal proceedings there is usually informal networking in staff house bar.
This semester’s progamme starts up (September 29th) with a thought provoking look at Community Land Trusts in US and UK from Stephen Hill a leading activist involved in East London CLT and in the Co-Housing movement. Later in the term there are presentations form Natasha Williams, a Housing and Communities PhD researcher on large scale community led housing in Denmark and Wales (October 20th), Darinka Czischke an Honorary Housing and Communities Fellow on her recent PhD Thesis and book on decison making in large non-profit housing organisations in the Netherlands and England (November 24th) and on January 12th 2015 Chris Watson (Housing and Communities Hon Fellow) and Richard Turkington will launch their new book on Renewing Europe’s Housing. This promises to be the best series yet for this Network which has linked the University to current policy and practice issues, and attracted over 200 participants over its 8 meetings to date. Social Policy undergraduates are particularly welcome. Details of these events and booking page can be found at http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/social-policy/welfare-futures/housing/housing-communities-research-network.aspx and will also be posted on the events section of spstudentenhancement site.