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Aims & scope

Critical Housing Analysis is a peer-reviewed academic journal focusing on critical and innovative housing research.

Critical Housing Analysis aims to provide an 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:

  • Innovations in the 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. The innovations need to be justified but they can still be a 'work in progress', i.e. they may not yet have been fully verified.
  • Critiques of assumptions, methods and theories used in housing-related research. These 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 identified.
  • Critiques of applied housing practices and policies in particular cultural and institutional contexts, especially for countries that are less represented in mainstream housing policy discourse. Critical assessments of policies must be analytical, should propose new perspectives and should have 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 website where it may be discussed by registered academics and practitioners from around the world.

Critical Housing Analysis welcomes short papers (within a 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 a '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 the author's own original work, and does not duplicate any other already 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, libelous, obscene, fraudulent or illegal.