14. Independent Living and Housing

Working Group Coordinators

Dianne-Dominique Theakstone ddt5@stir.ac.uk
School of Applied Social Sciences, University of Stirling, Scotland UK

Clarine van Oel C.J.vanOel@tudelft.nl
Department of Real Estate and Housing, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Description of the Working Group

The central themes of the Working Group are as follows:

  • independent living for disabled people and for vulnerable people: inclusive housing conditions, housing design, access to housing services, legal rights (housing and anti-discrimination), housing options and accessible environments;
  • housing research on disability and vulnerability  that adopts a holistic approach towards independent living and impairment (locomotional, sensory and cognitive);
  • the application of interdisciplinary perspectives to housing research and practice as related to disabled people and vulnerable people with an emphasis on the users’ lived experience;
  • the examination of concepts central to independent living and housing such as ‘empowerment’, ‘user-lead’, ‘vulnerability’ or ‘special needs/universal design’.

Plans for the Workshop in Uppsala

We welcome papers that fit in the central theme(s) of the Working Group and that are based on qualitative, quantitative or mixed-methods research. Theoretical papers are strongly encouraged that might potentially shape the future research in this field.

Examples of themes that may be covered by papers submitted to the Working Group are assistive technologies, universal or inclusive design, accessible external environments, accessibility of public transport links, co-production methodology, disability analysis of access to housing across tenures and, the user perspective of specific groups such as individuals that have locomotional or  sensory, or independent living elderly with cognitive impairments.

The Working Group would like to support ongoing collaborations with the goal of fostering future joint publications and project proposals. We will aim to schedule networking discussions to develop research ambitions during the workshop. Hopefully this will raise the profile of independent living as a distinct significant area within housing studies.