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Research and Policy Workshop on Family Changes and Housing Transitions in the Life Course

St. Andrews, 18-19 May 2017

Research and Policy Workshop on Family Changes and Housing Transitions in the Life Course

St. Andrews, UK, 18-19 May 2017

In recent decades, European societies have witnessed fundamental changes in partnership patterns and dynamics. Marriage rates have declined in all European countries, non-marital cohabitation has become common, divorce and separation levels have significantly increased. Changing family patterns have shaped residential and housing histories of individuals and increased the diversity of family and housing trajectories; some individuals still marry once and live in a family home for most of their lives, whereas others experience multiple partnership and housing transitions.  At the same time, transformations within housing markets such as increasingly constrained access to homeownership have changed the role that family events play in shaping housing transitions across the life course. Taken together, these new demographic and housing realities have major implications for current and future housing inequalities, patterns of social stratification and opportunities for spatial mobility.

This international workshop brings together academic researchers and non-academic policy makers in the areas of family, population and housing policies to discuss recent research on the relationships between family changes and housing transitions, the short- and long-term effects of partnership changes on housing conditions of individuals and families, and the challenges that changing housing systems and new demographic realities pose to family, housing and welfare policies in the UK and beyond.

The workshop is a joint event of the PartnerLife project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), and the German Research Foundation (DFG); and of the project on Families and Housing Tenure in Young Adulthood funded by the ESRC Future Research Leaders scheme. The workshop will be held at the University of St. Andrews. Academic presentations will be the focus of the first day, whereas the second day will provide the opportunity for academic researchers and decision-makers to discuss the key results of academic research and their policy implications.

Download the programme and the book of abstracts.


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