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Housing & Community Research Unit | Symposium: Housing, Welfare, Social Policy


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS | Research Symposium: Housing, Welfare, Social Policy

Start Date

14th Jun 2018 9:00am

End Date

15th Jun 2018 5:00pm


University of Tasmania, Hobart

RSVP / Contact Information

Phone 03 6226 6262 | Email Kathleen Flanagan
Cost: $75 registration (students $50)

Problematic populations: past, present and future

Hosted by: Housing and Community Research Unit, University of Tasmania
Convenor: Dr Kathleen Flanagan, Housing and Community Research Unit, University of Tasmania
Enquiries: Phone 03 6226 6262 or email

Keynote: Assoc Prof Kylie Valentine, Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales

This research symposium will look critically at the notion of the ‘problem’ population as it manifests in housing, welfare and social policy. Large portions of such policy and practice over the last 100 years have been about managing problem populations, and although over time, who or what constitutes a ‘problem’ has changed, the same concern to regulate and control continues today with policies such as Australia’s compulsory income management, removal of homeless people from public spaces, or the UK’s Troubled Families Programme. With this symposium, we want to encourage interdisciplinary conversations and collaborations about how we might think differently about social difference and how we might respond accordingly to evident social need within our community.

Call For Abstracts

Full written papers are not required, but if you would like to present your work at the symposium, then we encourage presentations which
seek to problematise ‘problem’ populations, discourses and categories.
Please email abstracts of no more than 200 words to Kathleen Flanagan by 13 April 2018.

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