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Special Issue on Housing Policy and Climate Change

Call for Papers

Abstract Deadline: Feb 15th 2020

Researchers are invited to submit brief abstracts to Housing Policy Debate by February 15, 2020 for inclusion in a special issue on the topic of climate change, including both climate mitigation or climate adaptation and how these relate specifically to housing conditions, markets, programs, regulations, and policy. Pending the volume of submissions, the guest editors and HPD editors may publish two separate issues on mitigation and adaptation housing policies, respectively, or one combined special issue to be published in late 2020. Guest editors for the issue(s) are Carlos Martín (Urban Institute), Shannon Van Zandt (Texas A&M), April Jackson (Florida State University), and Tony G. Reames (University of Michigan).

Housing Policy Debate provides an outlet for cutting edge, original research that informs U.S. housing and community development policy.

Housing scholars, public and private practitioners, and activists have turned their attention over the last three decades to the ways housing is implicated in the human causes of global climate change and, much more recently, to how housing is in turn being transformed by climate change’s effects. However, scholarship in both areas remains nascent. In the former group, policies and programs to expand energy-efficient retrofits, on-site renewable energy, and alternate, denser urban form have relied on site-specific evidence as a basis for advocacy and decision-making, much of which faces replication challenges. In the latter, the literature is also constrained by the rarity of examples of housing-related climate adaptation efforts or policies that can be evaluated.

Though the risks and vulnerabilities for housing units and occupant households—especially low-income ones—are increasingly known, much more work is needed to understand how climate risks are transforming settlement access, costs, demography, neighborhood change, and community capital. The disparity of benefits for different household types from the precious few interventions to date is also an evidence gap that desperately needs to be filled. Various proposals have surfaced for transformational policies, such as the Green New Deal for Public Housing, to business as usual in land use, development regulations, lending and insurance practices. Because US climate policy is filtered through the lens of emergency management, the editors welcome hazard and disaster policy submissions as well.

We invite abstracts that address a broad range of climate conditions and effects as they related to housing policy – including, but not limited to:

  • Housing and climate mitigation policies (including residential energy policy)
    • Residential energy-efficiency program effects on non-energy household outcomes
    • Weatherization and LIHEAP program use, implementation, and effects
    • Energy-efficiency and renewable energy programs in assisted and public housing
    • Rental properties and “split-incentive” energy retrofit challenges
    • The effect of green buildings standards on assisted housing construction and maintenance costs
    • Evaluations of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act residential energy funds 
    • Residential utility spatial patterns
    • Residential density and land-use patterns in relation to greenhouse gas emissions
  • Housing and climate adaptation policies (including climate-related disaster policies and housing)
    • Home buyout programs, voluntary relocation incentives, and mandatory “retreat”
    • Homeowner and disaster insurance policies
    • Property risk disclosure laws’ effectiveness
    • Residential-level structural mitigation programs and policies
    • Geographic and demographic disparities of adaptation planning and implementation
    • Climate “gentrification,” displacement, migration, and related housing market effects from climate projections
    • Non-flood and sea-level rise residential risks (e.g., wildfire, heatwaves, drought, air and water quality and access, )
    • Community engagement, participation, and inclusion in climate plans and project selection
    • Housing market and affordability effects across the disaster chronology
    • Community social networks and housing design
    • Interplay between regional or community infrastructure and individual residential property

Submission guidelines

Interested authors must submit 300-word abstracts for review by the guest editors by February 15, 2020 (sent to housingpolicydebate@gmail.com). Abstracts will be reviewed by March 15, with selected authors invited to submit completed papers for full review by September 1, 2020 (https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rhpd).

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

The final 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:

  • Shannon Van Zandt (svanzandt@arch.tamu.edu), for climate-related hazards and climate adaptation themes in housing policy;
  • Tony Reames (treames@umich.edu), for energy-efficiency, renewable energy, and climate mitigation themes in housing policy;
  • April Jackson (ajackson5@fsu.edu), for both climate mitigation and adaptation as they relate to assisted housing programs and policies;
  • Carlos Martín (cmartin@urban.org), for mitigation and adaptation as they relate to housing and urban development regulations and policy, and for any other inquiries.

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