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Special Issue on Housing Policy in China

Deadline for Abstracts: February 1, 2020

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Researchers are invited to submit papers to Housing Policy Debate for inclusion in a special issue on the topic of Housing Policy in China, broadly defined. The issue is planned to be published in 2021 and will be guest-edited by Zhilin LIU (Tsinghua University, China) and Lan DENG (University of Michigan, USA). Housing Policy Debate is a leading international journal that publishes cutting edge, original research evaluating and informing housing and community development policy.

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China is at a critical stage of re-building its housing policy framework to address the rising housing affordability crisis the country now faces. The four decades of housing reform, characterized with privatization and marketization, have dramatically improved the overall living conditions of urban households, but also led to rising housing costs, deteriorated housing affordability, and increased housing inequality in many Chinese cities. Since 2007, affordable housing has become one of the most salient urban social programs in the national policy agenda. National and local governments dramatically increased funding to support large-scale affordable housing construction.

A growing literature has sought to understand the dynamics and consequences of recent shift in housing policy in China. Yet many questions remain. For instance, how should we understand the politics and process of this transformative change in Chinese housing policy from a historical and comparative perspective? How do empirical studies on China contribute to the development of comparative theories on housing policy across institutional contexts? With the increasing availability of micro-level datasets and spatial data, how can we better assess the performance and outcomes of the different affordable housing programs in Chinese cities?

This special issue intends to bring together theoretical and empirical studies on the development, implementation, and evaluation of housing policy in China, broadly defined. We aim to contribute to the scholarly knowledge of housing policy from a comparative lens, and forge intellectual dialogues across institutional contexts in the future.

We invite papers that address a range of topics related to China’s housing policy development, and preferably, strive to contribute to the scholarly and practical knowledge relevant to an international audience. Possible topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Assessing housing affordability and its challenges in Chinese cities;
  • The shifting dynamics of China’s housing policy framework, particularly from a historical and/or comparative perspective;
  • Implementation and politics of housing programs;
  • Local innovations and practices in addressing housing needs for the poor;
  • Evaluating impacts of affordable housing programs on families’ well-beings and neighborhood transformation.

Submission guidelines

Interested authors need to submit an extended abstract of 200-300 words by February 1, 2020, through the International Association of China Planning (IACP) conference abstract submission website (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iacp2020). You will need to register as an author with EasyChair to make submission.

Authors of selected abstracts are encouraged to present their preliminary drafts at a special session at the IACP 2020 conference, held on June 20-21, 2020, in Shenzhen, China, to receive comments from both guest editors and the Editor.

Authors of selected abstracts will then need to submit their full manuscripts through the journal website by September 1, 2020 (https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rhpd).

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.

The Housing Policy Debate “Instructions for authors” apply: https://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?show=instructions&journalCode=rhpd20

Questions about paper topics can be directed to Zhilin Liu ([email protected]) or Lan Deng ([email protected]).