Joint Call for Papers

Call for Papers

We invite contributions to two related events organised by members of the ‘Partner Relationships, Residential Relocations and Housing in the Life Course’ research project also known as PartnerLife (see The project focuses on partnership formation and partnership dissolution and how the interdependencies between partnership and residential trajectories vary between local housing markets and national contexts.

  • Research and Policy Workshop on 18-19 May 2017 in St Andrews, UK

The workshop will bring together academic researchers and non-academic policy makers in the areas of family, population and housing policies to discuss recent research on the relationships between family changes and housing transitions, the short- and long-term effects of partnership changes on housing conditions of individuals and families, and the challenges that changing housing systems and new demographic realities pose to family, housing and welfare policies in the UK and beyond. The workshop is a joint event of the PartnerLife project and the project on Families and Housing Tenure in Young Adulthood ( funded by the ESRC Future Research Leaders scheme. Academic presentations will be the focus of the first day, whereas the second day will provide the opportunity for academic researchers and decision-makers to discuss the key results of academic research and their policy implications. We invite scientific contributions to the program of the first day. To apply, send a short abstract (max. 250 words) and an extended abstract (max. 1000 words) to by 31 January 2017. For more information, visit


  • International Scientific Conference on 27-29 July 2017 in Cologne, Germany

The conference aims to create a meeting point for researchers who study the interrelationship between partnership trajectories, residential relocations and housing. It will take place in Cologne on July 27-29, 2017 and the program will feature a number of invited talks by internationally renowned scientists. Further contributions on different national contexts as well as comparative work are welcome. We invite papers with a focus on – but not limited to – the following topics:

  • Partnership patterns and housing
  • Living-apart-together partnerships and the transition to co-residential partnerships
  • Residential trajectories, housing and the quality of partnerships
  • Consequences of separation and divorce for housing, relocational careers and family relations
  • Modelling the association between partnership and residential histories

Please submit abstracts (short abstracts: max. 200 words and extended abstract: max. 1000 words) through our conference webpage ( Abstract submission is extended until April 20, 2017.



PartnerLife is financed by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the British Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).