Home page / About the journal

About the journal

About Critical Housing Analysis

Critical Housing Analysis is a peer-reviewed academic journal focusing on critical and innovative housing research. The journal was launched in January 2014 and publishes two online issues annually. Critical Housing Analysis is published by the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

The journal is included into SCOPUS, ERIH PLUS, EBSCO, EconLit, ProQuest, NSD (Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers), CEEOL, CROSSREF, and ANVUR (Italian database of scientific journals) databases.

Critical Housing Analysis aims to provide on-line discussion space for researchers who come up with innovative, critical and challenging ideas and approaches in housing-related research. The unique function of this journal is to facilitate rapid feedback on critical and innovative ideas and methods developed by housing researchers around the world.

We are especially keen to publish papers that provide:

  1. Innovations in methods, theories and practices used in housing-related research. We especially welcome papers applying original research strategies (such as, mixed and interdisciplinary methods) and international comparisons with a strong sense for contextual and institutional differences. Papers should provide new and fresh research perspectives allowing a deeper understanding of housing markets, policies and systems. Innovations need to be justified but they could be “work in progress”, i.e. their findings may not yet have been fully verified.
  2. Critiques of assumptions, methods and theories used in housing-related research. Such critical evaluations must be well-founded (empirically or by consistently logical argument) and convincing. However, there is no particular need to provide a solution to the problems that have been identified.
  3. Critiques of applied housing practices and policies in particular cultural and institutional contexts, especially for those countries that are less represented in mainstream housing policy discourse. The critical assessment of policies must be analytical, should propose new perspectives and lead to wider policy implications.

The main purpose of Critical Housing Analysis is to provoke discussion. Therefore, each paper will have its own discussion forum on the journal’s web pages where it may be discussed by registered academics and practitioners from different parts of the world.

Critical Housing Analysis welcomes short papers (within range of 2,000 to 3,500 words including a short abstract and references) that meet the requirements outlined above. A submission may have the character of a working paper, initial research ideas or “work in progress,” but it must have a clear critical and/or innovative element. Critical Housing Analysis considers all papers on the condition that:

  • the paper is author's own original work, and does not duplicate any other previously published work.
  • the paper has been submitted only to Critical Housing Analysis; it is not under consideration or peer review or accepted for publication or in press or published elsewhere.
  • the paper contains nothing that is abusive, defamatory, libellous, obscene, fraudulent or illegal.

In order to meet high standards of ethical behaviour at all stages of the publication process, authors, editors and reviewers are obliged to act in compliance with the Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement.

All papers that meet criteria for publishing in journal specified in section Instructions for authors will undergo a quick double-blind peer review by at least two independent experts in the topic of the paper who are not in close working, institutional or personal relations with the author. The review process is set up to be as objective and quick as possible. The authors will normally receive decision on publication within seven weeks after submission of the paper. If accepted, the paper will be published on web pages of Critical Housing Analysis five weeks after its acceptance, assuming that formal matters connected with publication of the paper are resolved with the author on schedule. Each paper will be given a DOI code for effective copyright protection, but authors may benefit from the publication in Critical Housing Analysis and discussion of their papers to improve their research for follow-up publication activities.

The Editorial Board of Critical Housing Analysis is made up of outstanding junior and senior academics including several editors of mainstream scientific journals. Editorial board members:

  • review submitted manuscripts;
  • advise on journal policy and scope;
  • discusses and approves the contents of individual issues.

ISSN: 2336-2839


Editorial Board

Martin Lux, Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences (CR) - editor-in-chief

Mark Stephens, Heriot-Watt University (UK) – editor


Martina Mikeszová, Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences (CR) – review editor

Petr Sunega, Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences (CR) – review editor


Peter Boelhouwer, Delft University of Technology (Netherlands)

Robert Buckley, Rockefeller Foundation; The New School (US)

Andreja Cirman, Universtity of Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Caroline Dewilde, Tilburg University (Netherlands)

Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Heriot-Watt University (UK)

Marietta HaffnerDelft University of Technology (Netherlands)

Annegret Haase, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung – UFZ (Germany)

Jozsef Hegedüs, Metropolitan Research Institute (Hungary)

Jie Chen, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (China)

Achilles Kallergis, New School for Social Research and Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility (US)

Tom Kauko, Independent Scholar (Hungary)

Julie Lawson, RMIT University (Australia)

Richard Ronald, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Rachel Ong ViforJ, Curtin University (Australia)

Hannu Ruonavaara, University of Turku (Finland)

Adriana Mihaela Soaita, University of Bucharest (Romania) and University of Glasgow (Scotland)

Jardar Sørvoll, Oslo Metropolitan University (Norway)

Radoslaw Trojanek, Poznań University of Economics and Business (Poland)

Christine Whitehead, London School of Economics (UK)


Suzanne Fitzpatrick was editor-in-chief of International Journal of Housing Policy; Peter Boelhouwer is editor-in-chief of Journal of Housing and the Built Environment; Marietta Haffner is managing editor of the Housing Studies journal; Jie Chen is deputy editor of Journal of Real Estate, Caroline Dewilde is a member of Management Board of the Housing Studies journal, and Hannu Ruonavaara is editor-in-chief of Housing, Theory and Society.


ISSN: 2336-2839

  1. Journal metrics
  2. Aims & scope
  3. Journal information
  4. Editorial board
  5. Call for papers