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Scottish Housing Policies after Covid: Challenges and Constraints to 2025

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CaCHE Scottish Housing Policy Conference 2020

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The UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE)'s annual Scottish Housing Policy Conference, which will take place online from 1-3 December 2020. The theme for the conference is Scottish Housing Policies after Covid-19: Challenges and Constraints to 2025.

As 2020 comes to a close, and news of potential vaccines against Covid-19 brings hope of recovery in 2021, this conference is a timely opportunity for all those involved or interested in housing policy in Scotland to take stock: to look back at the housing impacts of the pandemic to date and forward to the long-term implications for housing choices and policy in Scotland over the next five years.

This year the conference includes a combination of pre-recorded presentations and live panel discussions with opportunities for Q&A.

Please note:

  • Pre-recorded presentations will be made available shortly before the conference
  • Zoom links to each event will be shared with attendees in advance
  • If you plan to attend all the live sessions, you will need to register for each day separately



Day 1 (Tuesday 1 December) – The housing impacts of Covid-19: shock or shift to major Scottish outcomes?

Pre-recorded presentations (working titles):

  • Housing Market Outcomes: Dr John Boyle (Rettie & Co)
  • Affordability & the Private Rented Sector: Ashley Millan (Independent Housing & Property Consultant)
  • Shifts in Social Housing: Dan Blake (Berwickshire Housing Association)
  • Homelessness: Claire Frew (Homeless Network Scotland)

14:00-15:00 Live panel discussion: what do the housing impacts of Covid-19 mean for major outcomes (i.e. economy; poverty and inclusion; sustainability)?

  • Chair: Prof Duncan MacLennan (Policy Scotland)
  • Confirmed Panellists: Stephen Boyle (Fraser of Allander Institute) Craig Sanderson (Edinburgh Poverty Commission); Deborah Hay (JRF); Prof Ken Gibb (CaCHE); Steven Tolson (RICS)

15:00-16:00 Live panel discussion with policy influencers

  • Chair: Prof Duncan MacLennan
  • Confirmed Panellists: Patrick Flynn (Glasgow City Council); Alison Watson (Shelter Scotland); Nicola Barclay (Homes for Scotland); John Blackwood (Scottish Landlords Association); David Bookbinder (Glasgow West Scotland Forum)


Day 2 (Wednesday 2 December) – Covid-19 and long-term impacts on choices of homes, locations and neighbourhoods

Pre-recorded presentations (working titles):

  • Changing meanings and uses of 'home': Dr Craig Gurney (University of Glasgow)
  • Energy Choices and the Home: Dr Louise Reid (University of St Andrews)
  • Covid-19 and Residential Location and Neighbourhood Choices: Prof Duncan MacLennan (Policy Scotland);

15:00-16:00 Live panel discussion: potential policy implications of Covid-19 in relation to housing standards, retrofitting and spatial planning

  • Chair: Prof Ken Gibb
  • Confirmed Panellists: Alison Laurence (Heads of Planning Scotland); Elaine Farquharson-Black (Brodies LLP Solicitors); John Hamilton (Winchburgh Developments)

16:00-17:00 Live panel discussion: what about housing in cities and town centres?

  • Chair: Prof Ken Gibb
  • Confirmed Panellists: Prof Duncan MacLennan; Dr David Waite (Policy Scotland); Philip Prentice (Scotland's Towns Partnership); Michael McLaughlin (SFHA/HACT); Tammy Swift-Adams (Homes for Scotland)


Day 3 (Thursday 3 December) – Housing policies for Scotland after Covid-19

Pre-recorded discussion with Duncan MacLennan and Ken Gibb.

14:00-15:00 Live panel discussion: innovations and actions for change in provider sectors post-Covid-19

  • Chair: Prof Ken Gibb
  • Confirmed Panellists: Stacey Dingwall (SFHA); Tony Cain (ALACHO); Mike Campbell (Council of Letting Agents); Callum Chomczuk (CIH Scotland); Fionna Kell (Homes for Scotland)

15:00-15:40 Live panel discussion: policymaker reflections

  • Chair: Prof Duncan MacLennan
  • Panellists: TBC

15:40-16:00 Concluding reflections

16:00 Close

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