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Special Issue on Eviction

Call for Papers

Submission Deadline: March 1st 2020

Guest Editors

Researchers and scholars are invited to submit papers to Housing Policy Debate for inclusion in a special issue on the topic of eviction. The issue will be published in late 2020 and will be guest-edited by Kathryn Howell (Virginia Commonwealth University) and Dan Immergluck (Georgia State University).

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In a 2003 edition of Housing Policy Debate, Chester Hartman argued that eviction was a sustained but hidden housing policy issue and that “having good data on this vast, hidden housing problem would seem an essential ingredient for developing housing policies and programs that might decrease the incidence and negative impact of what, for most of those affected, must be a profoundly traumatic experience, both as it occurs and in its later consequences.” Over the past several years, the number datasets –quantitative, qualitative and geographic - documenting this issue have grown through groups like the National Princeton Eviction Lab, the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project in California and other local efforts to highlight the instances, locations and patterns of eviction. Hidden no longer, over the past few years, eviction – including both formal court evictions and informal forced moves – has become part of the public discourse in both well-organized large coastal cities like San Francisco and New York and southern cities like Richmond, Louisville and Atlanta where the infrastructure for mobilization is limited.

Eviction can be understood at several scales - a larger part of failings in the housing market, uneven access to power and individual landlord behaviors and relationships. Studies of landlords over the past 100 years have studied the ways that individual landlords have managed relationships and remained financially viable, yet these studies do not reflect the changing nature of investment and speculation at work in American cities in the wake of the national foreclosure crisis, gentrification and changes in the ways that subsidized housing is funded, structured and maintained.

We invite papers that address a broad range of eviction-related topics – including, but not limited to:

  • How eviction operates in disparate state and local markets and political structures;
  • Efforts to measure the differences between formal and informal eviction rates
  • The mechanics of landlord operation and how they relate to eviction;
  • Patterns of gentrification, speculation and/or disinvestment and their relationships to eviction;
  • The role of organizing and mobilization in reducing forced moves and eviction;
  • Consequences and effects of evictions and forced moves; and
  • Policies that have been successful at mitigating evictions, increasing housing stability, and changing these

Submission guidelines

Interested authors must submit a completed paper for review by March 1, 2020 (https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rhpd).

Author instructions are at: https://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?show=instructions&journalCode=rhpd20

These papers will undergo the standard Housing Policy Debate peer review process. Papers submitted but not accepted in time for this special issue may be considered for publication in a later issue.

Questions about paper topics can be directed to Kathryn Howell (klhowell@vcu.edu) or Dan Immergluck (dimmergluck@gsu.edu).

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