Research and Policy Symposium

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

St Andrews, UK, 18-19 May 2017

Download the programme of the symposium and the book of abstracts.

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 symposium 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 symposium 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 symposium 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.


Prof. Hill Kulu, University of St Andrews ([email protected])

Dr. Júlia Mikolai, University of St Andrews ([email protected])

Dr. Rory Coulter, University of Cambridge ([email protected])

Dr. Sait Bayrakdar, University of Cambridge ([email protected])

Alina Pelikh, University of Liverpool ([email protected])