Full programme for University of Stirling Innovation in Housing event

Richard Jennings
Richard Jennings

The full programme is now available for the University of Stirling’s fourth lecture in its Innovation and Excellence series marking the University’s fiftieth year: Innovation in Housing – a force for wider benefits?

The event will take place on Tuesday 10 October.

Key Note Speaker: Richard Jennings, Places for People

A quality home is not only a fundamental human right, but underpins our well-being and capacity to live our lives and contribute to society. We are in the midst of one of the most pressing and complex housing crises ever faced. Housing problems faced across the economic and demographic spectrums have never been more in the news and mass media, nor caused such intergenerational tension. Current pressures affect all phases of the life course, all tenures, and both urban and rural contexts – albeit in differing and complex ways. Our most vulnerable groups (older households, low income households, disabled people and individuals with complex health and social care needs) have the fewest choices and often experience the poorest outcomes. Yet – a vibrant housing system is needed to sustain employment mobility and economic development. More than just bricks and mortar, the nature of home impacts on identity, community and the basis for well-being, quality of life and contribution to economy and society.

So what’s needed for our future housing system? And how can we best ensure the housing sector unlocks the potential for better economic and social outcomes? In a time of political unrest and uncertainty we must not lose sight of the importance of the housing sector. Our diverse and experienced panel along with key note speaker Richard Jennings of Places for People will present their ideas on housing futures and explore new and innovative ways of ensuring housing underpins wider benefits in health, social care, economic development and sustainability of our communities. Chaired by Professor Isobel Anderson from University of Stirling, our keynote presentation and panellists will prompt a lively Q&A session and debate with our audience.


  • Susan Aktemel, founding director of Homes for Good
  • Petra Biberbach, chief executive, PAS
  • Pat Ritchie, chief executive, Newcastle City Council
  • Jim Strang, chief executive, Parkhead Housing Association
  • The event is kindly supported by Places for People.

    This event is free to attend and open to all but places should be booked in advance.

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