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Homelessness in Great Britain: Taking the Long View

Speaker list enclosed
Tuesday 9th February 2016 - 12:30pm
Glamorgan Building Committee Rooms


Image courtesy of Andrew McNeill

There will be a live broadcast of parts of this event; from 13:30 - 14:30 and additionally from 17:00 - 19:30 which will be accessible on the School's YouTube page. Please see the events programme below for details.

In 1966 Shelter was established in order to speak for the millions of ‘hidden homeless’ people in the UK and in 1981 Shelter Cymru began as Welsh Housing Aid, in response to the lack of specialist housing advice  for people in Wales. Both organisations have achieved a great deal, playing pivotal roles in the endeavor to ensure there’s a safe, secure, affordable home for everyone.

It was also in 1966 that the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University was established and since its inception, housing and homelessness has been a key research priority with scholars often working collaboratively with Shelter and Shelter Cymru to bring about positive changes for homeless people.

This anniversary event aims to take the long view on homelessness in Great Britain. The event will look back at 50 years of homelessness policy, it will examine contemporary concerns, and it will look towards the challenges on the horizon in the UK, Europe and from a global perspective.

The event will also feature a photographic exhibition of street homelessness across the globe entitled 'under the bridge' by world-renowned and Cardiff-born photographer Andrew McNeill

Andrew McNeill also featured in the BBC's 'Wales Arts Review 2015'

Andrew McNeill's exhibition will feature in the Glamorgan Building for the full month of February 2016 and is free of charge to view.

Event programme

The event will be split into afternoon and evening sessions, with delegates able to attend both or just one session.

The afternoon session will begin with a plenary lecture by Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick. She will deliver a critical reflection on 50 years of homelessness policy in Great Britain. This policy review is sponsored by the International Journal of Housing Policy. Delegates can then choose to attend one of three parallel sessions focusing on contemporary homelessness issues:

1] homelessness prevention and the cost of homelessness, 

2] Migration and housing rights, and

3] Listening to Wales' most vulnerable people.

Confirmed afternoon speakers include Dr. Sarah Johnson, Adrian Berry, Dr. Nicholas Pleace, Dr. Peter Mackie and Chris Rushton.

Welcome lunch

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch and gallery viewing (Andrew McNeill’s photographic study of homeless across the globe)

Afternoon Event

13.30 – 13.45 Introduction and welcome, Kate Webb (Shelter)

13.45 – 14.30 50 years since Cathy Come Home: critical reflections on GB homelessness policy, Suzanne Fitzpatrick (Heriot Watt University)

Sponsored by the International Journal of Housing Policy

14.30 – 16.00 Parallel sessions: Contemporary homelessness issues

Session 1: Migration and housing rights (Chair: Dr. Bob Smith, Cardiff University) -

Committee Room 1

The reconnection of rough sleepers within the UK, Dr. Sarah Johnsen (Heriot Watt University)

The housing rights of non-UK nationals, Adrian Berry (Garden Court Chambers)

Session 2: Homelessness prevention and the cost of homelessness (Chair: Jennie Bibbings, Shelter Cymru) -

Basement Room (minus) -1.63

The financial cost of single homelessness in the UK, Dr. Nicholas Pleace (York University)

Homelessness prevention: developments and dilemmas in GB, Dr. Peter Mackie (Cardiff University)

Session 3: Listening to Wales’ most vulnerable people (Chair: Heddyr Gregory, Shelter Cymru) -

Glamorgan Building Council Chamber

Documentary Film makers Tracy Harris and Chris Rushton spent 5 years making films with homeless people. With powerful film clips Tracy and Chris will offer an independent and heart felt view of their experience of building relationships and telling the stories of vulnerable people whose voices rarely get heard in discussions about homelessness.

16.00 – 17.00 Drinks, snacks and gallery viewing (Andrew McNeill will also be introducing his photographic study of homeless across the globe)

Evening Event

17.00 – 17.10 Evening welcome, Professor Kevin Morgan (Cardiff University)

17.10 – 17.20 50 years of housing and welfare research at the School of Geography and Planning, Professor Kevin Morgan (Cardiff University)

17.20 - 18.20 Priorities for GB homelessness policy, Kate Webb (Shelter), Adam Lang (Shelter Scotland), John Puzey (Shelter Cymru)

18.20 – 18.40 A European perspective on homelessness policy priorities, Mike Allen (Focus Ireland and FEANTSA)

18.40 – 19.00 International perspectives on homelessness policy priorities, Ian Brady (Depaul International)

19.00 – 19.30 Q&A

When registering using the 'Sign Up' button, please indicate whether you would like to attend the afternoon session, evening session or the full event.